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Book Title: Addicted to Her|
The author of the book: Janet Nichols Lynch
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The size of the: 949 KB
Edition: Holiday House
Date of issue: April 1st 2010
ISBN 13: 9780823421862
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A beautiful blend between family ties and teenage hormones, Addicted To Her raises many questions and maybe a few eyebrows while Rafa's story plays out. With a wide range of characters and strong development of his entire family unit, Lynch has built a very realistic portrayal of a teenage boy torn between lust and family. Though the plot premise is simple, the overall manner it plays out goes much deeper than sex.
Rafa is a balanced character and though he is often driven by his more southern head, he has a solid head on his shoulders and this comes through strongly throughout the book. His love for his mom, brother and half sister are clear from the start with the only issue coming from his mother's live in boyfriend Jesus. There is a certain level of resentment maintained through much of the book but it's shown in an understandable way, helping to portray Rafa's age. Though in some ways he is mature, his teenage male mentality also crops up often, keeping the reader engaged and connected with him. He grows in a very realistic way without any of the steps happening rapidly or without explanation. Lynch has done a fantastic job showing just how infatuated Rafa becomes with Monique and how even when logic begins to tell him things aren't so ideal, there is still a strong part of him wanting this girl. It is a very realistic portrayal and something Lynch has handled masterfully.
Monique is an especially remarkable character as she can be described a number of ways, many of which are not flattering, but she also is sympathetic in a large way. Lynch has done a beautiful job weaving the life and background of this character into the book, pulling them through the same emotions Rafa goes through. She helps build Rafa's character and story in a huge way, grabbing the reader's attention early.
Jesus is as noteworthy as Monique, as he is an illegal immigrant from El Salvador. He offers a surprising amount of insight into the culture of his country as well as the realities of some of these people that live in the State, brought here for one reason or another but never gained citizenship. The fear of being caught is always present and the struggles he endures come clear, even if through Rafa's eyes. He, too, helps build Rafa's character and maturity, and will be someone the reader remembers strongly. This character will cause the reader to think and instill a certain level of compassion.
Though the premise is basic- boy wants girl, girl might be too good for him and girl is trouble when he gets her- the plot is anything but simple. This is both a study in character development/coming of age story and a realistic look into the kinds of situations teenagers find themselves in. Although sex certainly plays a prominent role, as Rafa must learn there is a difference between love and lust- something all teens must learn and endure- it is dealt with a sophisticated and believable manner. Rafa understands love from his teenage mindset and from the world he's been exposed to- he doesn't have the adult view to go with it. This book is also a perfect example of someone on the outside of the situation can easily see the whole picture but Rafa lacks that whole view.
Overall, Lynch has weaved numerous elements smoothly and subtly to create a memorable and stand out work. With humor mixed in throughout the more dramatic times, Lynch will keep the reader involved. Strong writing that brings out the male character's mind and several unique elements, Addicted To Her is a book not to be missed.
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Read information about the authorJanet Nichols Lynch’s most recent novels are COMMIE PINKO, about the McCarthy era and teen life in Berkeley, CA, in the 1950s; WHEEL OF FIRE, about a teen trying to free another teen from a destructive cult; MY BEAUTIFUL HIPPIE, about growing up in San Francisco in the late 1960s, and RACING CALIFORNIA, about the Amgen Tour of California. She is the author of the novels ADDICTED TO HER, MESSED UP, CHEST PAINS, and PEACE IS A FOUR LETTER WORD.
Janet is available for book readings and signings, writer workshops and conferences, and school visits.
In COMMIE PINKO, it’s 1958, the era of the Cold War and McCarthyism. In Berkeley, California, fourteen-year-old Donna is happily organizing the Richie Valens Fan Club, when her father, a physics professor at the University of California, is subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee. At the hearing, Donna is caught between angry demonstrators and militant police in a dangerous conflict that ignites a decade of protest.
In her YA thriller, WHEEL OF FIRE, seventeen-year-old, aspiring detective Kori Lawton has been fascinated since girlhood by the Church of Wheel of Fire, whose raging bonfires light the night sky near her small town located in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Kori assumes that the cult’s members are burned-out aging hippies, until she meets Flicker, a desperate young woman near her own age, whom she is determined to free. Despite being repulsed by the enigmatic cult leader Promus, Kori falls under his hypnotic spell as he plots a deadly doomsday scheme. In the gripping climax, it may be up to Kori to save not only Flicker, but all the members of the cult.
In RACING CALIFORNIA, Evan Boroughs is shocked when his idol Tour de France winner Dash Shipley asks him to join his team for the Amgen Tour of California. He accepts the offer and wins sudden fame as the youngest rider in the event. Racing 800 grueling miles, at top speed, in bitter weather over some of the toughest terrain in California, Evan experiences spectacular triumphs and bitter disappointments. He is further challenged by an aggressive media, allegations that Dash is using performance-enhancing drugs, and pressure from his family and girlfriend to quit the race and return to his college-prep classes. There’s thrilling sports action in this novel about a gifted athlete who realizes that it takes more than talent to succeed in his first pro event.
Janet, born and raised in Sacramento, California, is the author of ten books. In 1984 her first published short story appeared in THE NEW YORKER, and since then her fiction has been included in SEVENTEEN, SAN JOAQUIN REVIEW, BALTIMORE REIVEW, CONFRONTATION, WRITER'S FORUM, and the anthology of California writers HIGHWAY 99: A LITERARY JOURNEY THROUGH CALIFORNIA'S GREAT CENTRAL VALLEY. For the past fifteen years, Janet has read her fiction on Valley Public Radio’s (KVPR, Fresno and KVPX Bakersfield FM 89.3)VALLEY WRITERS READ, hosted by Franz Weinschenk.
Janet received a B.A. in Music from California State University, Sacramento, a Master of Music Degree in Piano from Arizona State University, and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno, where she won the 2003 Outstanding Thesis Award in the College of Arts and Humanities for her short story collection WHERE WORDS LEAVE OFF MUSIC BEGINS. She has taught music at De Anza College, Cupertino, and Skyline College, San Bruno, and music and English at College of the Sequoias, Visalia; and history and English at Divisadero Middle School and El Diamante High School. Currently, she teaches piano in her own studio. She competes in runs and triathlons, and once rode her bike from Phoenix, AZ to Washington, D.C. She lives in Visalia with her husband, composer Timothy Lynch, and they have two grown children, Caitlin and Sean.
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