I Am Here Now

I Am Here Now

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Description

Maisie is about to turn sixteen and her grandmother and brother Davy are only sometime allies in a very tumultuous household, with an abusive mother and a cheating father. Maisie struggles with friendship, her growing sexuality, and with her future-she wants to be an artist but her mother isn't supportive.
Most of all, Maisie is struggling to discover herself-who she is and what she wants. In a home that tells her she is worth nothing, Maisie uses her creativity to draw a brighter future for herself, one where she is fully realized.
As heartbreaking as it is inspiring, Cellophane Girl is unafraid to show the messy parts of growing up, while revelling in the passion of young friendship, first love, sexuality, and art.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 148 x 222 x 32mm | 404g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 125020769X
  • 9781250207692
  • 3,167,865

Review quote

Rife with teen-appealing domestic and relationship drama...Heartbreakingly rendered." -Horn Book, starred review

Bottner (What a Cold Needs) draws on all five senses to evoke Maisie's chaotic world, using expressive verse...The book's subject matter and themes remain timeless. -Publishers Weekly

Packing numerous themes of evolving teen self-identity amid the cityscape of a broken home, this turbulent, plot-driven tale shows how a miserable home life transcends ethnic, historical, and socio-economic bounds.Timeless lessons in how to find one's self-worth in the face of parental abuse -Kirkus

Maisie is a strong narrator who rings true, especially facing the totality of her challenges. Perfect for readers who are struggling to figure out their place in the world. -Booklist

"Not since The Catcher in the Rye has there been such a riveting depiction of adolescent angst. But unlike Holden Caulfield, Maisie Meyers embraces her disappointment in the adult world, turning her loss of innocence into a launching pad for the examined life. I Am Here Now is important and utterly riveting." -- Patricia Volk, author of Shocked and Stuffed

This moving novel in spare, yet eloquent verse, transports today's teen reader to the 1960s Bronx. Readers will root for Maisie as she makes her compelling journey to maturity! -- Alex Flinn, New York Times bestselling author of Beastly and Love, Jacaranda

"A deeply felt, beautifully written novel in verse about a fractured family and a gifted young woman's coming of age. Altogether captivating and compelling." --Michael Cart, Author, Carte Blanche Column in Booklist
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About Barbara Bottner

Barbara Bottner, a New York Times-bestselling author, has written (and sometimes illustrated) over forty-plus titles for children, from wordless picture books to young adult novels. Her work has been translated, animated, and adopted into short musicals. Bootsie Barker Bites, Wallace's Lists (with Gerald Kruglik), Miss Brooks Loves Books, Priscilla Gorilla, and Amy Is Famous are some of her favorites. Barbara formerly worked in children's television and CBS prime time comedy, and has published short stories and essays in national newspapers and magazines. She walks her dog, Petey, and hangs with her husband, Gerald, in Los Angeles.
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Rating details

170 ratings
3.66 out of 5 stars
5 31% (53)
4 24% (41)
3 27% (46)
2 15% (25)
1 3% (5)
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