A Novel

Book - 2009
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Lemon has three mothers: a biological one she's never met, her adopted father's suicidal ex, and Drew, a school principal who hasn't left the house since she was stabbed by a student. She has one deadbeat dad, one young cancer-riddled protege, and two friends, the school tramp and a depressed poet. Figuring the numbers are against her, Lemon just can't be bothered trying to fit in. She spurns fashion, television, and even the mall. She reads Mary Wollstonecraft and gets pissed off that Jane Eyre is such a wimp. Meanwhile, the adults in her life are all mired in self-centredness, and the other kids are getting high, beating each other up in parks, and trying to outsex one another. High school is misery, a trial run for an unhappy adulthood of bloated waistlines, bad sex, contradictions, and inequities, and nothing guidance counsellor Blecher can say will convince Lemon otherwise. But making the choice to opt out of sex and violence and cancer and disappointment doesn't mean that these things don't find you. It will be up to Lemon if she can survive them with her usual cavalier aplomb.

Publisher: Toronto : Coach House Books, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781552452202
Branch Call Number: FIC Stru
Characteristics: 274 p. : port. ; 21 cm


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libraryheather Jun 23, 2011

A stream-of conscious narrative of the isolated Lemon. She is brilliant and funny and her observations leave you laughing out loud at places. Readers will enjoy references to the GTA as well as to classic literature and history. It's a harsh look at the lives of teens and parts of the novel are quite disturbing; however, there is also redemption. The novel contains many interesting themes that would be of interest to book clubs.

debwalker Dec 12, 2010

Heather Mallick: "It's a Canadian novel, no, make that an un-Canadian novel, about an acidic-smart teenage girl called Lemon who has an impossible life. It's a modern Who Has Seen the Wind? Here's Lemon on Anna Karenina: “Talk about a woman pining for some guy. I like the atmosphere, though, all those samovars, sleighs and furs. Reading dead Russians always makes you glad you've got central heating. Anyway, it's pretty obvious judging from what old Vronsky does to Kitty that the putz has zip moral fibre.” She thinks in this river of jumbly, chunky thoughts. I love the prose, I love Lemon, I love Strube. Canadian life isn't Lemony enough. It's pasty. But since Lemon didn't win any literary prizes this year — the judges are crossing the River Styx at this very moment — it's going to sink."

Jan 07, 2010

I'm half-way through this book. It is very entertaining and thought-provoking so far. Limone is a neat teenager who sounds like a modern-day Holden Caufield

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