The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

A Novel

Book - 2014
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From the author of the international bestseller Lullabies for Little Criminals , a coming-of-age novel set on the seedy side of Montreal's St. Laurent Boulevard

Gorgeous twins Noushcka and Nicolas Tremblay live with their grandfather Loulou in a tiny, sordid apartment on St. Laurent Boulevard. They are hopelessly promiscuous, wildly funny and infectiously charming. They are also the only children of the legendary Québécois folksinger Étienne Tremblay, who was as famous for his brilliant lyrics about working-class life as he was for his philandering bon vivant lifestyle and his fall from grace. Known by the public since they were children as Little Noushcka and Little Nicolas, the two inseparable siblings have never been allowed to be ordinary. On the eve of their twentieth birthday, the twins' self-destructive shenanigans catch up with them when Noushcka agrees to be beauty queen in the local St. Jean Baptiste Day parade. The media spotlight returns, and the attention of a relentless journalist exposes the cracks in the family's relationships. Though Noushcka tries to leave her family behind, for better or worse, Noushcka is a Tremblay, and when tragedy strikes, home is the only place she wants to be.

With all the wit and poignancy that made Baby such a beloved character in Lullabies for Little Criminals , O'Neill writes of an unusual family and what binds them together and tears them apart. The Girl Who Was Saturday Night is classic, unforgettable Heather O'Neill.

Publisher: Toronto :, HarperCollins Publishers,, c2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780002006309
Branch Call Number: FIC ONei
Characteristics: 403 p


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Mar 16, 2018

I like dry humour so I liked the book. The book about a dysfunctional family and dysfunctional relationships fits right in what I’d expect from the author. Some parts are hilarious, some surreal. I personally don’t know anyone in real life leading life full of drugs, lies, abuse and dirty secrets. For me this book is a door to that world - to see how other people choose to live their lives. No judgment about those choices. I agree with the comment below about similes. Way too many and some yes, didn’t make much sense to use as they didn’t add any value to the content.

Sep 22, 2016

Didn't like it. Quit half way through. Just seemed a bit pointless. Nothing to draw me in. 2 twins rambling through life with no parental guidance

Jul 12, 2015

Sometimes funny, often irritating. It kept me reading but faster and faster to find something I may have missed.

geraldine69 Jun 09, 2015

very hard book to get into

mallc Jun 04, 2015

heartbreaking & hilarious

May 06, 2015

Despite a heavy and unecessary emphasis on oddly matched clothes, this is a very good book. Captures a strange yet totally believable family in well-described east Montreal and how they all eventually move forward. A great all in one day read.

May 01, 2015

I enjoyed reading this book, although I have to admit I did not finish it. The writing style was brilliant and I loved Nouschka as a character, but the plot was not compelling. After a while it felt like we were driving in circles. I kind of regret not finishing it, but I had it for 6 weeks and didn't think it was worth renewing again.

Apr 29, 2015

In my opinion, O'Neill's second book does not live up to the high standards set by her first book "Lullabies for Little Criminals". She tries for quirky and whimsical, unfortunately it just comes off as awkward. I finished it, but only because I didn't have anything else to read. The characters are not particularly endearing, and overall, it was one of those books that you just can't get lost in; you remain conscious of the narrative voice and that you are "reading". Too bad, was looking forward to another book by O'Neill.

Mar 15, 2015

I did not like this book at all and could not finish it. Don't waste your time.


i would not reccomend this book. it is not appropriate but it does give you something not to do in your future

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