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by Delia Ephron

eBook The Girl with the Mermaid Hair ePub
Author: Delia Ephron
Language: English
ISBN: 0061542601
ISBN13: 978-0061542602
Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (January 5, 2010)
Pages: 320
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Young Teens
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 623
Formats: mobi azw lit lrf
ePub file: 1362 kb
Fb2 file: 1355 kb

Other Books by Delia Ephron. Sukie had mermaid hair, a long wavy tangle of blond that fell below her shoulders. In the antique mirror, her hair appeared exceptionally lustrous.

Other Books by Delia Ephron. She pushed it around, threaded her fingers through it, grabbed a hunk that lay on her shoulder and pulled it forward to make eye contact as if to say, What is this, I’d forgotten all about you. Then she tossed it back over her shoulder as if her thick golden hair were nothing but a nuisance instead of a mane worthy of worship. What had really kept her up late, however, was her nose, her most arresting feature.

Delia Ephron’s writing is strong in the sense that she’s created such a convincing voice for Sukie. Ephron's author bio says she's a screenwriter, and The Girl with the Mermaid Hair reads a bit like a screenplay. Most of the action is in the dialog, while the narrative text feels like stage directions: brief, simple, and largely lacking in emotional content. I thought at first this would be a magic-mirror kind of story, but it isn't.

Delia Ephron is a critically acclaimed novelist and screenwriter. She is also the author of Big City Eyes, Hanging Up, and How to Eat Like a Child. She lives in New York City with her husband and their dog, Honey Pansy Cornflower Bernice Mambo Kass. Библиографические данные.

D. THE next morning in the middle of first period, Sukie was called to Mrs. Dintenfass’s office. Oh, Sukie, she said, as if she were surprised to see her even though she’d sent for her. Dintenfass’s office icated that Sukie should sit in the chair in front of her desk and smiled at her for what seemed like an eternity while she dunked her tea bag up and down in a mug. The mug featured a drawing of a cat balancing a book on its head. Would you like some tea? asked Mrs. D. No, thanks. Sukie’s leg started to jiggle nervously

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Acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Delia Ephron crafts a powerful novel of truth, beauty, and the secrets about family and friends that lie beneath perfection.

She has written novels for adults (Hanging Up,, The Lion Is In and the recent Siracusa) and teenagers (Frannie in Pieces and The Girl with the Mermaid Hair), books of humor, (How to Eat Like a Child), and essays Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, Vogue, More, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post

Author: Delia Ephron. Genre: YA, Contemporary.

Author: Delia Ephron. Publisher: Harper Teen Publication Date: January 2010 Hardcover: 320 pages. Ana: I started to read The Girl with the Mermaid Hair and my first reaction after reading the first few pages was: this is quite possibly one the weirdest books I have ever read, this girl is barking bonkers and completely unlikable and what in the world is going on. A few pages more and all of that changed – the book was still weird, but a wonderful weird, the character still crazy but with reason and I couldn’t put the book down until I was done and I ended up loving it.

Books by this Author. Delia Ephron Author Biography. Delia Ephron, author and screenwriter, has written many books for children and adults, including Hanging Up, Big City Eyes, and The Girl Who Changed the World

Books by this Author. Delia Ephron, author and screenwriter, has written many books for children and adults, including Hanging Up, Big City Eyes, and The Girl Who Changed the World. Her film work as a writer and producer includes the movie Hanging Up, as well as You've Got Mail, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and Michael. She lives in New York City. Name Pronunciation Delia Ephron: Deelia EF-ruhn. Other books by Delia Ephron at BookBrowse. Membership Advantages.

Click. Sukie Jamieson takes a selfie after her tennis lesson. Click. She takes one before she has to give a presentation in class. Click. She takes one to be sure there's nothing in her teeth after eating pizza at Clementi's. And if she can't take a selfie, she checks her reflection in windows, spoons, car chrome—anything available, really. So when her mother gives her an exquisite full-length mirror that once belonged to her grandmother, Sukie is thrilled. So thrilled that she doesn't listen to her mother's warning: “This mirror will be your best friend and worst enemy.” Because mirrors, as Sukie discovers, show not only the faraway truth but the truth close up. And finding out that close-up truth changes people. Often forever.

Acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Delia Ephron crafts a powerful novel of truth, beauty, and the secrets about family and friends that lie beneath perfection.

Good and at times, great. How teenaged girls react to each other and the world.
***I received this book as a gift

The cover is unique.

The family’s reliance on the dog for serious answers to their big life questions was somewhat endearing.

Frannie was a wallflower, unique, confident, artistic, and strong. After suffering through the death of her father she carries on and lives her life without caring about judgement from anyone.

This cover is a beautifully crafted lie. On the cover is a girl that exudes confidence, she’s fiery, she’s whimsical, and she’s got great hair, fairytale style princess hair that all girls envy. But what’s hidden beneath the cover is nothing even remotely close to that girl in the bright colors. Well, except for the hair.

Sukie is the most obnoxiously self-obsessed, yet borderline needs psychiatric help for her insecurities, high school girl I’ve ever read about or even met in real life. She is consumed by her image in the mirror. She’s completely neurotic about it to the point where she starts speaking to the mirror, hallucinating, and asking it questions about her appearance like the deranged Queen in Snow White. For most of the book I hoped Sukie was insane, that she was riddled with neuroses like her mother but no, she just lacks substance. She is so focused on her image and her outer presentation to her peers that she never developed into a full person, she’s simply the shell of one with a pretty face. She doesn’t know what she likes, or even if she has any interests. Even her crazed mother calls her out on it, at one point saying that she would probably start golf now instead of the tennis she’d been devoted to for years because she’s a copycat and her father decided to switch. While Sukie participates in many social and academic, school-related things she is the one whose presence no one remembers because she’s not really part of anything, except that she’s physically there. Her selfies made me cringe. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. There were times that I very nearly felt bad for her and then she’d go off on some idiotic, fantasy fueled rant about some guy who paid her attention for 5 seconds.

For the majority of this book, I was OCD about checking how many pages and chapters were left, every couple minutes, I’d check and sigh from utter disappointment. If I wasn’t reading this for Bout of Books, I honestly probably would have stopped. What sucked me in was the preface. Oh, shamelessly deceitful preface. The preface is about dogs knowing when disaster is going to strike. Here I was waiting for someone to be murdered or abducted or something, hell even an earthquake but it NEVER came. Bored to tears, almost quite literally.

Got to the point where I loathed the protagonist so much that I was rooting for her failure.

The plot is stunted, slow, there’s no climax really, and nothing exciting happens. It was dull and could have went on forever in a sort of slow tortuous everyday life with no drive sort of way.

The love interest’s name is Bobo.
I didn't like the protagonist Sukie Jamieson, 15 at all. She comes across as extremely self-obsessed, particularly where her looks are concerned. Her brother Mikey, 8 is the most appealing and likable character. He brings humor and logic where it is sorely needed.

Sukie, a mirror fanatic receives an heirloom mirror that once belonged to her grandmother. This is one thing she certainly doesn't need as she is never too far from a mirror or reflective glass such as a window. Sukie is irritating with her overuse of the word "selfie," meaning self portraits that she takes with her cell phone camera. Between the camera and the mirror, one would think Sukie would have an overdose of self.

Mirrors have long held an interesting place in history as being distortions of reality and images. From "The Lady of Shalott" to "Snow White," mirrors have had a rather mystical literary appeal. In "Snow White," where the haggish crone's mirror lied to her because she was in denial about her atrocious looks, Sukie is equally in denial about her atrocious personality and self preoccupation. In fact, she takes her mirrors so seriously that she envisions a parallel universe where she reigns and a quarterback named Bobo is her ideal beau.

One can view Sukie as having many reflections, including distored self images like a funhouse mirror. She comes across as EXTREMELY self absorbed and her verbiage ("selfies") reinforces that notion. One can also view her as lonely as she is stuck with herself, insecurities and all as well as her ubiquitious mirrors and camera.

Sukie questions all forms of beauty around her such as nature. In so doing, she wonders what constitutes beauty and is she capable of living up to peer, parental and academic standards? Even so, Sukie remains on the periphery of life away from her mirrors and out among other people.

Even Sukie's father is a problematic character. He makes passes at other women in public, confiding in Sukie that he is an operator. He is later discovered to have had an adulterous affair. He places high expectations on her and she uses him as a mirror of sorts to determine whether or not she is looking as well as acting up to par.

Sukie's mother is very surfacy and, one could say not all that different from Sukie, but to a far lesser extreme. She is not a loving person nor is she especially kind or supportive. She is not really able to connect with Sukie and it does make one think that perhaps these two are trapped behind the looking glass and cannot pass through the glass barrier to other decisions that include other people in less self-absorbed ways.

Sukie's literary prognosis does not sound promising. She lives through her mirror induced fantasies and acts as if she believes these false scenarios are actually taking place. She manages to cut herself adrift from the people around her and reach her nadir with devastating results.

Outside the looking glass, the world is not so sharp and clear. Bobo, Sukie's idealized beau is just another lusty guy on the make. Isabella, the waitress she imagined as a friend is nothing like the way she imagined her to be. Her own internal mirror shatters and Sukie is forced to pick up the pieces and rebuild a more accurate image that includes others and their flaws instead of the make-believe looking glass world she created.

Sukie impressed me as a tragic figure. She initially comes across as a very neurotic, self obsessed personality whose isolation finally comes through later into the story. The book is extremely well written, but I admit that I just could not like Sukie or the other supporting characters except for Mikey.

Diana Ross' 1980 hit "Mirror, Mirror" could be the soundtrack of this book.
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