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Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia by [Jenny Torres Sanchez]

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Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia Kindle Edition

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"Sanchez’s expertly crafted narrative . . . [pulls] readers into Frenchie’s anger and pain without straying into clichés of teen angst. . . . An exceptionally well-written journey to make sense of the senseless."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Sanchez (The Downside of Being Charlie) gets her heroine's tough exterior and vulnerable insides in just the right balance. . . . [She] provides a healing salve for teens who may know someone who has committed suicide, and also a strong testament against it.”—Shelf Awareness (starred review)

“This is a fast, well-written read with a satisfactory though not necessarily happy ending and a protagonist to remember-a survivor and person of action. A solid choice that is accessible even for reluctant readers.”
—School Library Journal

"With well-paced revelations, Sanchez gradually strengthens Frenchie’s resolve to heal and move forward . . . and the author wittingly ensures that the reader wants nothing less for her."—Booklist

“Sanchez deftly maneuvers between real time and Frenchie’s flashbacks, constructing a dreamy narrative that accurately captures the lingering repercussions of suicide."—The Horn Book Magazine

“I shed a few tears by the time I turned the last page on Frenchie’s story, and I recommend it for book clubs with girls aged 15 and up. Discussion can center on the effects of teen suicide and the difficulties teens face when graduating high school and determining what they want to do next."—Mother Daughter Book Club

"Sanchez is spot-on in her portrayal of depression and its repercussions. . . . This [book] will find an audience with any teen who has ever felt hopeless."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"This is hands down my favorite read so far in 2013 in terms of cutting edge, contemporary fiction."—Teen Librarian's Toolbox

"This book is what YA literature should be." —The Tattered Thread blog

"A superb job of depicting teenage angst... The writing is fluid and the plot is engaging and captivating...Well done Ms. Garcia… a most enjoyable read.” —Feathered Quill Book Reviews

“As good as John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and left a tight-hearted feeling in me because it touched me on so many levels that I felt abused by this paperback….I grant this book a 5/5 because it takes such sensitive topics as grief and suicide and effectively portrays them realistically without dumbing either subject down.” —amberskyeforbes wordpress blogger

“The piquant narrative voice and intelligent contemplation of the far-reaching consequences of teen suicide make this novel compulsively readable and a great discussion piece. Frenchie is salty, smart and real, and her ultimate take on life is both refreshing and affirming. Despite some strong language, this is an excellent teen-and-parent read that raises big questions and provides big answers in equal measure. Frenchie and friends won’t be soon forgotten; they are the kind of characters that seem more real the more they are contemplated. Simply excellent.”—

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About the Author

Jenny Torres Sanchez lives in Florida with her husband and children where she currently writes full time. Before her debut novel The Downside of Being Charlie she taught high school for several years, where she credits her eclectic students for inspiring her to write young adult novels.

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00B3M3VQE
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Running Press Kids (May 28 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1074 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 275 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 8 ratings

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Jenny Torres Sanchez is a full-time writer and former English teacher. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, but has lived on the border of two worlds her whole life. She currently lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband and children. WE ARE NOT FROM HERE is her fifth novel for young adults. Visit her online at and follow her on twitter at @jetchez.

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