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Mary Jane: A Novel de Jessica Anya Blau
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Mary Jane: A Novel (2021 original; edició 2021)

de Jessica Anya Blau (Autor)

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"The best book of the summer." -- InStyle "I LOVED this novel....If you have ever sung along to a hit on the radio, in any decade, then you will devour Mary Jane at 45 rpm." --Nick Hornby Almost Famous meets Daisy Jones & The Six in this "delightful" (New York Times Book Review) novel about a fourteen-year-old girl's coming of age in 1970s Baltimore, caught between her straight-laced family and the progressive family she nannies for--who happen to be secretly hiding a famous rock star and his movie star wife for the summer. In 1970s Baltimore, fourteen-year-old Mary Jane loves cooking with her mother, singing in her church choir, and enjoying her family's subscription to the Broadway Showtunes of the Month record club. Shy, quiet, and bookish, she's glad when she lands a summer job as a nanny for the daughter of a local doctor. A respectable job, Mary Jane's mother says. In a respectable house. The house may look respectable on the outside, but inside it's a literal and figurative mess: clutter on every surface, Impeachment: Now More Than Ever bumper stickers on the doors, cereal and takeout for dinner. And even more troublesome (were Mary Jane's mother to know, which she does not): the doctor is a psychiatrist who has cleared his summer for one important job--helping a famous rock star dry out. A week after Mary Jane starts, the rock star and his movie star wife move in. Over the course of the summer, Mary Jane introduces her new household to crisply ironed clothes and a family dinner schedule, and has a front-row seat to a liberal world of sex, drugs, and rock and roll (not to mention group therapy). Caught between the lifestyle she's always known and the future she's only just realized is possible, Mary Jane will arrive at September with a new idea about what she wants out of life, and what kind of person she's going to be. … (més)
Membre:pdebolt
Títol:Mary Jane: A Novel
Autors:Jessica Anya Blau (Autor)
Informació:Custom House (2021), 320 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:****
Etiquetes:Fiction

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Mary Jane de Jessica Anya Blau (2021)

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Mary Jane, as told in first person, is a 14-year old girl, an only child, from an emotionally distant household with rigid rules. When she is asked to be a nanny for 4-year old Izzie, her parents agree because Izzie's dad is a doctor, which falls within their norm of an acceptable occupation. Unbeknown to her parents, the dad is also Jewish (not acceptable) and a psychiatrist (marginally acceptable) treating a drug-addicted rock star with a famous wife in their home for the summer. Her parents are oblivious to the members of her new household...until they aren't.

Mary Jane soon becomes an integral part of their family life, even making meals and organizing a disorganized home. For the first time, Mary Jane knows unconditional acceptance and a sense of belonging where she is truly needed and appreciated. She sees and hears things that are beyond her scope of understanding, but she loves the people who make up her new normal. When she is forced to terminate her job, she remembers and retains all she learned from the people most unlike her parents. The ending requires a suspension of disbelief, but we'll believe it because we love Mary Jane. ( )
  pdebolt | Aug 11, 2022 |
Mary Jane is not your average coming of age story. The story is perfectly set in the 70's which makes this story more believable. And being a teen of the 70's myself I was transported back to that time in my own life.
Mary Jane is a 14 year girl from a strict household. When she is asked to Nanny for the Cone family she is thrilled. When she enters their house she is shocked by the mess everywhere but she is in love with little Izzy. Although she is only supposed to be the nanny she becomes the housekeeper and cook as well. So she finds it odd when the Cones appear to be fixing up a room. When a recovering addict rock star and his movie star wife move in things only get more interesting. Mary Jane is thrust into a completely different lifestyle than her own and begins to discover who she is and who she wants to be. Such a fun story and I highly recommend this book. ( )
  nepatsgrl | May 3, 2022 |
This book was an absolute joy to read. I devoured it in less than 24 hours. ( )
  Tosta | Apr 23, 2022 |
Charming, funny and heart warming story of a 14 year old girl caught between her straigtlaced family and the progressive one she nannies for.
Recommended. ( )
  janismack | Feb 7, 2022 |
Sweet story about family and famous people set in 1970’s. Felt like a historical novel. Both the children were well written and interesting. ( )
  shazjhb | Jan 14, 2022 |
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"The best book of the summer." -- InStyle "I LOVED this novel....If you have ever sung along to a hit on the radio, in any decade, then you will devour Mary Jane at 45 rpm." --Nick Hornby Almost Famous meets Daisy Jones & The Six in this "delightful" (New York Times Book Review) novel about a fourteen-year-old girl's coming of age in 1970s Baltimore, caught between her straight-laced family and the progressive family she nannies for--who happen to be secretly hiding a famous rock star and his movie star wife for the summer. In 1970s Baltimore, fourteen-year-old Mary Jane loves cooking with her mother, singing in her church choir, and enjoying her family's subscription to the Broadway Showtunes of the Month record club. Shy, quiet, and bookish, she's glad when she lands a summer job as a nanny for the daughter of a local doctor. A respectable job, Mary Jane's mother says. In a respectable house. The house may look respectable on the outside, but inside it's a literal and figurative mess: clutter on every surface, Impeachment: Now More Than Ever bumper stickers on the doors, cereal and takeout for dinner. And even more troublesome (were Mary Jane's mother to know, which she does not): the doctor is a psychiatrist who has cleared his summer for one important job--helping a famous rock star dry out. A week after Mary Jane starts, the rock star and his movie star wife move in. Over the course of the summer, Mary Jane introduces her new household to crisply ironed clothes and a family dinner schedule, and has a front-row seat to a liberal world of sex, drugs, and rock and roll (not to mention group therapy). Caught between the lifestyle she's always known and the future she's only just realized is possible, Mary Jane will arrive at September with a new idea about what she wants out of life, and what kind of person she's going to be. 

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