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Gingerbread ✻ [BOOKS] ✯ Gingerbread By Rachel Cohn ❅ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk I have promised to be a model citizen daughterI have confined my Shrimp time to making out with him in the Java the Hut supply closet and uick feels on the cold hard sand at the beach during our break I have promised to be a model citizen daughterI have confined my Shrimp time to making out with him in the Java the Hut supply closet and uick feels on the cold hard sand at the beach during our breaks but enough is enoughDelia and I are planning a party at Wallace and Shrimp s house and I am spending the night whether Sid and Nancy notice or not I will be as wild as I wanna be After being kicked out of a fancy New England boarding school Cyd Charisse is back home in San Francisco with her parents Sid and Nancy in a household that drives her crazy Lucky for Cyd she s always had Gingerbread her childhood rag doll and confidanteAfter Cyd tests her parents permissiveness she is grounded in Alcatraz as Cyd calls her room and forbidden to see Shrimp her surfer boyfriend But when her incarceration proves too painful for the whole family Cyd s parents decide to send her to New York to meet her biological father and his family whom Cyd has always longed to knowSummer in the city is not what Cyd Charisse expects and Cyd isn t what her newfound family expects eitherWith Gingerbread debut author Rachel Cohn creates a spirited world of in your face characters who are going to stay with readers for a long time.

  • ebook
  • 224 pages
  • Gingerbread
  • Rachel Cohn
  • English
  • 01 June 2016
  • 1439115478

About the Author: Rachel Cohn

Rachel grew up in the DC area and graduated from Barnard College with a BA in Political Science She has written many YA novels including three that she cowrote with her friend and colleague David Levithan She lives and writes when she s not reading other people s books organizing her music library or looking for the best cappuccino in New York City.



10 thoughts on “Gingerbread

  1. Jen Jen says:

    1 The main character is annoying and whines her way through the entire book.2 Teenage OMG I m SO in love bores and sickens me.3 The last third of the book wasn t believable.4 I feel like C.C did not learn lessons that were muchimportant than the one that she did learn.5 I can t believe there is a sequel.

  2. Jennie Jennie says:

    Cyd just got kicked out of her posh east coast boarding school and sent back to San Fransisco to live with Nancy her mother and Sid dad her step father Storming around the house and generally causing trouble, it s a tense situation The only things that liven it up are her surfer boyfriend Shrimp, her old lady pal Suger Pie, and Shrimp s brother s coffee house Java the Hut But then she gets confined to her house for bad behavor and Shrimp thinks they need to go on a break.Cyd finally goes Cyd just got kicked out of her posh east coast boarding school and sent back to San Fransisco to live with Nancy her mother and Sid dad her step father Storming around the house and generally causing trouble, it s a tense situation The only things that liven it up are her surfer boyfriend Shrimp, her old lady pal Suger Pie, and Shrimp s brother s coffee house Java the Hut But then she gets confined to her house for bad behavor and Shrimp thinks they need to go on a break.Cyd finally goes to New York City to be with her biological father, Frank dad, and to meet the half siblings she s never known, Danny and lisBETH.The beauty of this book is Cyd her outlook on life and how she views the people in it She s cynical and hilariously funny and really, I think she would hate me, but I want to be her best friend This is a book I couldn t put down and I had already picked up the sequel before I had even finished the first book I knew I would want to read it

  3. Rache Rache says:

    Some character names ShrimpSugar PieHoney PieGingerbread Which is a doll And is treated as a human being That s all you need to know.I couldn t stop picturing talking food With a doll.I seriously feel my idiocy augmented after reading this book Brain dead.

  4. Leslie Leslie says:

    This book grew on me A lot Points to the reviewer who said Cyd Charisse the narrator sounds just like blech Juno At first the quirky factor was really getting to me Oh and the snarky factor But look, now I m saying things like quirky factor and snarky factor Next thing you know I ll be saying Burr ito when it s chilly out Why the teen me would like Cyd Charisse she doesn t want to go to college she is frank about her sexuality she has issues she s whip smart she is disturbingly This book grew on me A lot Points to the reviewer who said Cyd Charisse the narrator sounds just like blech Juno At first the quirky factor was really getting to me Oh and the snarky factor But look, now I m saying things like quirky factor and snarky factor Next thing you know I ll be saying Burr ito when it s chilly out Why the teen me would like Cyd Charisse she doesn t want to go to college she is frank about her sexuality she has issues she s whip smart she is disturbingly codependent go team she drinks 35 mochas per day she likes to role play that she s helen keller she self identifies as a freak The adult me is annoyed with her back talking and total disregard for her privilege e.g., Listen you little fool if you have a trust fund, GO TO COLLEGEeven if you spend all four years doing bong rips Do not put 50 dollars down the garbage disposal even if your bio Dad is buying your affections.I appreciated that while Cyd Charisse has issues about having an abortion, they aren t of the this is my punishment for being sexual variety I also appreciated her early oughties spooky kid fashion.This is a fun read The writing has a lot of style On to the sequels

  5. Liza Wiemer Liza Wiemer says:

    I m glad I read Gingerbread without reading other Goodread reviews first I m not sure I would have picked it up Instead, I got this novel from the library after reading Nick Norah s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan I really wanted to readby both authors Other reviewers mention that the main character Cyd Charisse is a whiny, obnoxious, spoiled brat I could see that perception, because at times that s how she comes across on the surface But I actually see her as a I m glad I read Gingerbread without reading other Goodread reviews first I m not sure I would have picked it up Instead, I got this novel from the library after reading Nick Norah s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan I really wanted to readby both authors Other reviewers mention that the main character Cyd Charisse is a whiny, obnoxious, spoiled brat I could see that perception, because at times that s how she comes across on the surface But I actually see her as a deeply wounded young girl trying way too hard to be grown up and unsure of herself and confused about the love that is clearly in front of her There are lots of good reasons for these perceptions, some of which are her fault, but most are circumstances beyond her control She goes through many painful experiences, some that are bound to get under peoples skins and rattle them deeply She has an abortion at age fifteen I think it s good to ruffle feathers It makes people think CC is a flawed character but she most definitely can and is lovable Her boyfriend Shrimp is truly an interesting character He is likable with plenty of his own struggles CC s mom and step dad are much better people than the way CC portrays them but a lot of teens have difficulty seeing the positives of their parents and highlight the negatives She has a dad who has ignored her most of her life and a half brother and a half sister whom she s never met until she goes to spend time with her biological dad She s also confused about her feelings toward her half brother and half sister born to her mom and step dad Life is truly crazy and confusing for CC In Gingerbread, CC grows up but doesn t have all the answers Personally, I find this book takes a lot of tough situations, dumps them on CC and forces her to cope Given the circumstances, I m not sure if others would fare so well Life can definitely be messy.Since CC s life continues in the second of the series, I ll continue my perceptions in my review of Shrimp

  6. Beth Beth says:

    Cyd Charisse is what I sort of was in highschool except I didn t have money, I couldn t decide if I was a total slacker or desperate to be somebody , and I didn t get into trouble She s also a lot cooler and thinner than I was andoutspoken OK, she s nothing like me I really liked this one, Cyd s voice is funny and genuine and she holds it together pretty well for someone who s aborted a baby and then gets dumped by her dream boyfriend almost a year later not the baby daddy She tests Cyd Charisse is what I sort of was in highschool except I didn t have money, I couldn t decide if I was a total slacker or desperate to be somebody , and I didn t get into trouble She s also a lot cooler and thinner than I was andoutspoken OK, she s nothing like me I really liked this one, Cyd s voice is funny and genuine and she holds it together pretty well for someone who s aborted a baby and then gets dumped by her dream boyfriend almost a year later not the baby daddy She tests her limits with her parents in San Francisco, finally pushing them to send her to stay with her biological father in Manhattan who she hasn t seen since was five and meet her two grown half siblings Lots of growing up ensues

  7. Airiz Airiz says:

    Actually, I d give this 3.5 stars.After reading the Cohn Levithan collabs Nick and Norah s Infinite Playlist and Naomi and Ely s No Kiss List, I developed some sort of thirst for reading something that is written solo by Rachel Cohn I m no stranger to David Levithan s solo books Boy Meets Boy, The Realm of Possibility, The Lover s Dictionary, etc so I recognize his distinctive writing prowess even if he s working with partners Gingerbread is the first book that quenched the said thirst, and Actually, I d give this 3.5 stars.After reading the Cohn Levithan collabs Nick and Norah s Infinite Playlist and Naomi and Ely s No Kiss List, I developed some sort of thirst for reading something that is written solo by Rachel Cohn I m no stranger to David Levithan s solo books Boy Meets Boy, The Realm of Possibility, The Lover s Dictionary, etc so I recognize his distinctive writing prowess even if he s working with partners Gingerbread is the first book that quenched the said thirst, and after finishing it, I think it s safe to conclude that the best thing about Cohn is that she has a special way of molding unforgettable main characters that resonate with many young readers.Meet Cyd Charisse a ragdoll toting, ex shoplifting, and well caffeinated sixteen year old girl fresh from being kicked out of her posh boarding school She s that lovely but spunky punk next door who has a penchant for carving patterns on her skin with a razor and an innate need to go wild When her rebelliousness gets seriously out of hand, her parents have no other choice but to send her off to New York City and spend three weeks there with her biological dad, Frank Cyd s perfect image of a fantasy relationship with her bio dad and half sibs starts to crumble when the real thing is thrown to her face Plot wise, there isn t much that happened in the book It reads like an informal journal of a very snarky antiheroine who s dealing with commonplace teen problems Honestly, I find the first half of this book a tad slow I m trying to figure out if Cohn is setting up a wiggle room for character development or she s just letting the readers delve deeper into Cyd Charisse s cranium of not so clean but honest thoughts I learned by the end of the novel that it s both, since the readers can easily tell how Cyd has grown a lot after she comes back from New York.Readers who are familiar with Norah Silverberg from NNIP will notice that her traits are somewhat channeled to Cyd Charisse, though the latter is not a music geek and her potty mouth is sealed with a filter There s a lot that she bellyaches about, her hormones meter usually explodes under the slightest hunk pressure, and most of her thoughts are extremely obnoxious Then here comes the dichotomy factor there is something in her that will magnetize a portion of the readers hearts especially if they are young girls I think it s the same way a lot of readers don t like Holden Caulfield yet there are still legions who can relate to him in a deeper level they are recognizing something in that character that reminds them of themselves Usually, this something is not nice, and characters that mirror such things are commonly tagged as unlikable.The supporting characters, like the plot, are generic The clich d portrait of a dysfunctional family is there, with each member not inflated into weighty fullness They re not exactly cardboard cutouts, but they re still shy of a couple of big steps from being considered well fleshed out.As for the themes, it s all about the teenage life Family misunderstandings, peer pressure, romance, and serious repercussions of being careless in sexual relationships are touched But since this is a coming of age novel, finding one s true self and growing up are at the apex of it all.I did not enjoy did as much as I did Nick and Norah s, but it s entertaining enough to make me want to grab the next book in the series, Shrimp

  8. J. D. J. D. says:

    Summary Cyd s life is anything but calm She gets kicked out of boarding school and returns home where she constantly clashes with her mom After her boyfriend breaks up with her, Cyd s mom and step dad decide to send her away to New York to spend some time with her biological father Cyd learnsthan one valuable life lesson in her three weeks there that will change her life forever Personal Opinion Another reread from my younger years I found this book annoyed methan I enjoyed it Summary Cyd s life is anything but calm She gets kicked out of boarding school and returns home where she constantly clashes with her mom After her boyfriend breaks up with her, Cyd s mom and step dad decide to send her away to New York to spend some time with her biological father Cyd learnsthan one valuable life lesson in her three weeks there that will change her life forever Personal Opinion Another reread from my younger years I found this book annoyed methan I enjoyed it The thing that started out kind of cool, but ended up driving me crazy was that it reads like a scattered brained teenagers diary It became annoying pretty quickly Also Cyd, who is a 16 year old who is already into hooking up with boys, drinking and shoplifting, has a very odd and childish attachment to a doll named Gingerbread She treats it as if it is an actual person which I don t think matches a real teens behaviour Aside from the plot being all over the place and a little confusing before she goes to New York, the moral and ending were the only good parts I would not recommend it though

  9. Aly Aly says:

    This was such an odd book Cyd is a unique sixteen year old that has a difficult relationship with her mom and acts out for attention She carries around a doll her birth father gave her when she was little and calls it Gingerbread She acts like the doll can talk and move and is real and her family pretty much goes along with it I felt like this was just one of the things about Cyd that screamed needs a therapist We learn that she s had an abortion and likes to cut herself, as well as defy This was such an odd book Cyd is a unique sixteen year old that has a difficult relationship with her mom and acts out for attention She carries around a doll her birth father gave her when she was little and calls it Gingerbread She acts like the doll can talk and move and is real and her family pretty much goes along with it I felt like this was just one of the things about Cyd that screamed needs a therapist We learn that she s had an abortion and likes to cut herself, as well as defy her parents for no real reason It did seem to do her some good to go to New York and meet her half siblings and her bond with her mom strengthened The narrator fit the character well, but she was whiny and difficult to listen to There were good parts in the story, but I will not be reading the other books in the series

  10. Kristy Kristy says:

    Cyd Charisse is a snarky, punky, not 100% likeable, sexual, boy crazy, confused teenage girl All those adjetives are incidently how I would describe the book itself, pretty convienant and now only half the work of writing a review haha.Cyd is living with her parents in California after being booted from boarding school where she got in trouble for stealing amoungst other things and also had an abortion not known to her parents She is having a tough summer, controlling parents, being dumpe Cyd Charisse is a snarky, punky, not 100% likeable, sexual, boy crazy, confused teenage girl All those adjetives are incidently how I would describe the book itself, pretty convienant and now only half the work of writing a review haha.Cyd is living with her parents in California after being booted from boarding school where she got in trouble for stealing amoungst other things and also had an abortion not known to her parents She is having a tough summer, controlling parents, being dumped by her sole mate Her parents decide it s time for her to actually meet her real dad frank seing as she has only met him once when she was little in New York She flies out to live with him for two weeks, but we hardley see him at all She spendstime with her brother It s a little odd the story that is.I just expectedfrom Rachel Cohn I m not impressed I don t think I would have liked this in High School either.2.5 stars I will probably give the 2nd book a try just to see if Cyd is going to grow and if the story is going to evolve

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