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"Delia i ja planiramo tulum kod Wallacea i Girice i prespavat ću kod njih, primijetili to Sid i Nancy ili ne. Bit ću divlja koliko god želim."Nakon što je izbace iz šminkerskog internata na suprotnoj strani kontinenta, Cyd Charisse se vraća kući u San Francisco svojim roditeljima Sidu i Nancy, u kućanstvo koje je izluđuje. Srećom, ima Medenu, svoju krpenu lutku iz djetinjs"Delia i ja planiramo tulum kod Wallacea i Girice i prespavat ću kod njih, primijetili to Sid i Nancy ili ne. Bit ću divlja koliko god želim."Nakon što je izbace iz šminkerskog internata na suprotnoj strani kontinenta, Cyd Charisse se vraća kući u San Francisco svojim roditeljima Sidu i Nancy, u kućanstvo koje je izluđuje. Srećom, ima Medenu, svoju krpenu lutku iz djetinjstva i vječnu prijateljicu. Unatoč zabrani izlaska iz svoje ružičaste sobe, takozvanog Alcatraza, Cyd je i dalje neobuzdana kao i prije, pa je roditelji odluče poslati daleko, što dalje od kulerskog surfera Girice, "tog dečka". Odredište New York, dom njezina biološkog oca i njegove obitelji.Ljeto u gradu koji nikad ne spava uopće nije ono što je Cyd Charisse očekivala, ali ni ona, čini se, nije ono što je tatina obitelj očekivala. Uskoro Cyd ima dvije obitelji, od kojih ni jedna nije savršena.Mnogima će Cyd postati prava prijateljica, dok kroz knjigu polako odrasta uz pomoć svojih prijatelja, Micike, Delije, Wallaca i Girice....

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ISBN : 9789533163475
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Number of Pages : 172 Pages
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Medena Reviews

  • Jen
    2019-02-15 07:58

    1) The main character is annoying and whines her way through the entire book.2) Teenage "OMG-I'm SO in love" bores and sickens me.3) The last third of the book wasn't believable.4) I feel like C.C. did not learn lessons that were much more important than the one that she did learn.5) I can't believe there is a sequel.

  • Jennie
    2019-01-23 08:50

    Cyd just got kicked out of her posh east coast boarding school and sent back to San Fransisco to live with Nancy (her mother) and Sid-dad (her step-father). Storming around the house and generally causing trouble, it's a tense situation. The only things that liven it up are her surfer boyfriend Shrimp, her old lady pal Suger Pie, and Shrimp's brother's coffee house Java the Hut. But then she gets confined to her house for bad behavor and Shrimp thinks they need to go on a break.Cyd finally goes to New York City to be with her biological father, Frank-dad, and to meet the half-siblings she's never known, Danny and lisBETH.The beauty of this book is Cyd-- her outlook on life and how she views the people in it. She's cynical and hilariously funny and really, I think she would hate me, but I want to be her best friend. This is a book I couldn't put down and I had already picked up the sequel before I had even finished the first book-- I knew I would want to read it.

  • Rache
    2019-02-14 01:44

    Some character names:ShrimpSugar PieHoney PieGingerbread (Which is a doll. And is treated as a human being.)That's all you need to know.I couldn't stop picturing talking food. With a doll.I seriously feel my idiocy augmented after reading this book. Brain dead.

  • Leslie
    2019-02-08 07:00

    This book grew on me. A lot. Points to the reviewer who said Cyd Charisse (the narrator) sounds just like (blech) Juno. At first the quirky factor was really getting to me. Oh and the snarky factor. But look, now I’m saying things like quirky factor and snarky factor. Next thing you know I’ll be saying “Burr-ito” when it’s chilly out. Why the teen me would like Cyd Charisse: she doesn’t want to go to college; she is frank about her sexuality; she has issues; she’s whip-smart; she is disturbingly codependent (go team!); she drinks 35 mochas per day; she likes to role play that she's helen keller; she self-identifies as a freak. The adult me is annoyed with her back-talking and total disregard for her privilege (e.g., Listen you little fool: if you have a trust fund, GO TO COLLEGE . . . even if you spend all four years doing bong rips! Do not put 50 dollars down the garbage disposal even if your bio-Dad is buying your affections!).I appreciated that while Cyd Charisse has issues about having an abortion, they aren’t of the “this is my punishment for being sexual” variety. I also appreciated her early-oughties spooky kid fashion.This is a fun read. The writing has a lot of style. On to the sequels!

  • Liza Wiemer
    2019-01-27 04:42

    I'm glad I read Gingerbread without reading other Goodread reviews first. I'm not sure I would have picked it up. Instead, I got this novel from the library after reading Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. I really wanted to read more by both authors. Other reviewers mention that the main character Cyd Charisse is a whiny, obnoxious, spoiled brat. I could see that perception, because at times that's how she comes across on the surface. But I actually see her as a deeply wounded young girl trying way too hard to be grown up and unsure of herself and confused about the love that is clearly in front of her. There are lots of good reasons for these perceptions, some of which are her fault, but most are circumstances beyond her control. She goes through many painful experiences, some that are bound to get under peoples' skins and rattle them deeply. (She has an abortion at age fifteen) I think it's good to ruffle feathers. It makes people think. CC is a flawed character but she most definitely can and is lovable. Her boyfriend Shrimp is truly an interesting character. He is likable with plenty of his own struggles. CC's mom and step-dad are much better people than the way CC portrays them - but a lot of teens have difficulty seeing the positives of their parents and highlight the negatives. She has a dad who has ignored her most of her life and a half-brother and a half-sister whom she's never met until she goes to spend time with her biological dad. She's also confused about her feelings toward her half-brother and half-sister born to her mom and step-dad. Life is truly crazy and confusing for CC. In Gingerbread, CC grows up but doesn't have all the answers. Personally, I find this book takes a lot of tough situations, dumps them on CC and forces her to cope. Given the circumstances, I'm not sure if others would fare so well. Life can definitely be messy.Since CC's life continues in the second of the series, I'll continue my perceptions in my review of Shrimp.

  • Beth
    2019-02-09 05:56

    Cyd Charisse is what I sort of was in highschool except I didn't have money, I couldn't decide if I was a total slacker or desperate to "be somebody", and I didn't get into trouble. She's also a lot cooler and thinner than I was and more outspoken. OK, she's nothing like me. I really liked this one, Cyd's voice is funny and genuine and she holds it together pretty well for someone who's aborted a baby and then gets dumped by her dream boyfriend almost a year later (not the baby daddy). She tests her limits with her parents in San Francisco, finally pushing them to send her to stay with her biological father in Manhattan who she hasn't seen since was five and meet her two grown half-siblings. Lots of growing up ensues...

  • Airiz C
    2019-02-15 08:52

    Actually, I'd give this 3.5 stars.After reading the Cohn-Levithan collabs Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Naomi and Ely’s No-Kiss List, I developed some sort of thirst for reading something that is written solo by Rachel Cohn. I’m no stranger to David Levithan’s solo books (Boy Meets Boy, The Realm of Possibility, The Lover’s Dictionary, etc) so I recognize his distinctive writing prowess even if he’s working with partners. Gingerbread is the first book that quenched the said thirst, and after finishing it, I think it’s safe to conclude that the best thing about Cohn is that she has a special way of molding unforgettable main characters that resonate with many young readers.Meet Cyd Charisse: a ragdoll-toting, ex-shoplifting, and well-caffeinated sixteen-year-old girl fresh from being kicked out of her posh boarding school. She’s that lovely but spunky punk next door who has a penchant for carving patterns on her skin with a razor and an innate need to go wild. When her rebelliousness gets seriously out of hand, her parents have no other choice but to send her off to New York City and spend three weeks there with her biological dad, Frank. Cyd’s perfect image of a fantasy relationship with her bio-dad and half-sibs starts to crumble when the real thing is thrown to her face…Plot-wise, there isn’t much that happened in the book. It reads like an informal journal of a very snarky antiheroine who’s dealing with commonplace teen problems. Honestly, I find the first half of this book a tad slow. I’m trying to figure out if Cohn is setting up a wiggle room for character development or she’s just letting the readers delve deeper into Cyd Charisse’s cranium of not-so-clean-but-honest thoughts. I learned by the end of the novel that it’s both, since the readers can easily tell how Cyd has grown a lot after she comes back from New York.Readers who are familiar with Norah Silverberg (from N&NIP) will notice that her traits are somewhat channeled to Cyd Charisse, though the latter is not a music geek and her potty mouth is sealed with a filter. There’s a lot that she bellyaches about, her hormones meter usually explodes under the slightest “hunk” pressure, and most of her thoughts are extremely obnoxious. Then here comes the dichotomy factor: there is something in her that will magnetize a portion of the readers’ hearts—especially if they are young girls. I think it’s the same way a lot of readers don’t like Holden Caulfield yet there are still legions who can relate to him in a deeper level: they are recognizing something in that character that reminds them of themselves. Usually, this “something” is not nice, and characters that mirror such things are commonly tagged as unlikable.The supporting characters, like the plot, are generic. The clichéd portrait of a dysfunctional family is there, with each member not inflated into weighty fullness. They’re not exactly cardboard cutouts, but they’re still shy of a couple of big steps from being considered well-fleshed out.As for the themes, it’s all about the teenage life. Family misunderstandings, peer pressure, romance, and serious repercussions of being careless in sexual relationships are touched. But since this is a coming-of-age novel, finding one’s true self and growing up are at the apex of it all.I did not enjoy did as much as I did Nick and Norah’s, but it’s entertaining enough to make me want to grab the next book in the series, Shrimp.

  • Miss Bookiverse
    2019-02-21 08:38

    Liebes Gingerbread,deine Geschwister (Very LeFreak, You Know Where to Find Me) und ich sind nicht gerade Seelenverwandte, dabei mag ich die Art wie eure Mama Rachel Cohn euch schreibt eigentlich so gern. Wenn sie mit David Levithan zusammen arbeitet, kommt das beste aus ihnen hervor – aka deine großen Cousins und Cousinen Nick, Nora, Naomi, Ely, Dash und Lily. Aber du kleines Gingerbread hast es vollbracht. Du und ich, wir sind richtig dicke geworden. Es hat zwar einige Kapitel gedauert, aber am Ende bist du mir richtig fest und flauschig ans Herz gewachsen.Am liebsten mag ich an dir deine ganzen unterschiedlichen Familienmitglieder. Es gibt den biologischen Vater, der irgendwie auch nicht so recht weiß; es gibt den eigentlichen Vater, der wie aus einer perfekten Sitcom gerissen wirkt; die Mutter, die sich viel zu viele unnötige Diätgedanken macht; den fantastischen großen schwulen Bruder; die verkappte große Schwester und natürlich die kleinen Rabaukengeschwister. Da kommt wirklich eine Truppe zusammen, die einen von früh bis spät auf Trab hält – und dann sind da natürlich auch noch diverse männliche Kollegen, die Protagonistin Cyd Charisse den Kopf verdrehen.Ich mag deine freche Art. Du und Cyd Charisse, ihr redet wie euch die Schauze gewachsen ist. Ihr lasst euch von keinem was sagen und überreagiert auch mal in eurer hormonellen Jugendlichkeit. Auf den ersten Blick bist du vor allem clever, frisch und lustig. Auf den zweiten hast du mir aber genauso deine verletzliche Seite gezeigt. Du kannst auch ernst und manchmal hast du mir Einblicke in Cyds schlimme Momente gewährt, z.B. wenn es um verpennte Verhütung oder den Wunsch seinen leiblichen Vater kennen zu lernen ging.Ich freue mich riesig auf Standurlaub mit deinenSchwestern Shrimp und Cupcake!In Liebe,Infinite Playlist

  • Lexie
    2019-01-29 02:03

    What can I say? Cyd Charisse was the kind of protagonist I haven't read before. She absolutely bursts off the page. If the book had been more about her, had spent more time developing both sides of her family, it would easily have been four stars.I mean, how many sex-addicts (the girl spends A LOT of time thinking about boys and sex), doll-touting teenage characters are there?My biggest problems with this book were- spelling mistakes. Yikes, my copy was rife with them- the lack of time spent with the doll. I needed more to understand the bond between CC and Gingerbread; especially throughout high school, especially at boarding school.- Shrimp. Oh god, I hated Shrimp. He was a deadbeat loser with nothing that made him likeable, made you want to root for him? I was SO hoping that any of the other boys that crossed the pages would replace that douche.I wish, wish, wish this book could go back in time and delve more deeply into CC and her family, her life, but with a different love interest and a lot more attention to spelling.

  • Kristy
    2019-01-23 05:50

    Cyd Charisse is a snarky, punky, not 100% likeable, sexual, boy-crazy, confused teenage girl. All those adjetives are incidently how I would describe the book itself, pretty convienant and now only half the work of writing a review. haha.Cyd is living with her parents in California after being booted from boarding school-where she got in trouble for stealing (amoungst other things) and also had an abortion (not known to her parents). She is having a tough summer, controlling parents, being dumped by her sole-mate. Her parents decide it's time for her to actually meet her real dad frank (seing as she has only met him once when she was little) in New York. She flies out to live with him for two weeks, but we hardley see him at all... She spends more time with her brother. It's a little odd... the story that is.I just expected more from Rachel Cohn. I'm not impressed. I don't think I would have liked this in High School either....2.5 stars I will probably give the 2nd book a try... just to see if Cyd is going to grow and if the story is going to evolve.

  • Randi (The Artist Formerly known as Guitar Chick)
    2019-02-03 07:41

    It's interesting to see all the negative reviews on this book about Cyd's behavior. Maybe you missed the point, but the fact that she can't let go of anything is the point. There's obviously a lot of emotional trauma throughout the book, and yes she's whiny sometimes, but I don't know if you remember what it was like when you were an adolescent, but it's a fairly accurate picture.I might read the sequel, but this was just a fun short read.

  • Grüffeline
    2019-02-16 02:41

    This was kind of exhausting to read with a really annoying main character. Although I thought that it wasn't Cyd herself that was annoying but the writing style was making her come across that way...Anyway, I really didn't enjoy this book in which every character that appears has at least two or three name by which he/she is referred to and you don't even know who Cyd is talking about. I won't be looking for "Shrimp" anytime soon (and this is saying something, I usually cannot let the rest of a series go unread once I've started it).

  • Arminzerella
    2019-01-21 01:58

    Cyd Charisse has been returned to her family’s house in San Francisco after being expelled from boarding school. Her boyfriend Justin was beautiful, but he was trouble - and he got her into a whole lot of trouble too. Needless to say, Cyd’s parents aren’t too thrilled when they discover Cyd was caught having sex with said boyfriend. They aren’t happy, either, when Cyd immediately finds someone new in San Francisco. Shrimp, however, is nothing like Justin and Cyd’s folks just don’t seem to understand. After they ground her, though, Shrimp tells her that maybe it’s a good thing for them to have some space since they’ve been spending every waking moment together. This throws Cyd into a deep depression. No one seems to love her or want her. Her mom has had enough and decides that Cyd needs to do something to shake her out of her funk, so she sends her to New York to meet the father she’s never known. Her biological dad, Frank had an affair with Cyd’s mom, but didn’t leave his wife when he found out that she was pregnant. He has basically kept Cyd a secret. She doesn’t really get on with him all that well, but does find a niche of sorts with her half-brother and his boyfriend in their coffee shop/café where she ends up being their barista while she’s in the city. She even makes some headway getting to know her difficult half-sister, Rhonda Lisbeth. What the time in NYC does give her is a sense of independence and time away from the events that happened in boarding school. What no one knows is that she had an abortion – and Justin didn’t help her pay for it, and he didn’t even bother to go with her. She’s crushed over that. When she randomly runs into Justin in NYC just as she’s finding her feet again, everything crashes down. Coincidentally, Cyd’s mom picks this time to fly out and visit, and in a weak moment Cyd tells her everything – expecting her to lash out at her. Mom doesn’t. She actually understands – especially as she went through a similar difficult patch in her own life when she decided to have Cyd. Instead of criticism and anger, Cyd suddenly has support, and this makes all of the difference. The book closes on Cyd thinking about where her life might take her with some tentative plans in the works – maybe not like the American expectations of college and career, but something that will make her happy and something that temporarily will suit her. She also realizes that she needs to make some other changes as well, especially regarding her relationships with other people – less hostile, more friendly, make new friends. Things are looking up!There’s not a whole lot of discussion of what Cyd was like before she went to boarding school. You get the impression, however, that she was no cup of tea – that she’s been kind of difficult from the very beginning. She’s obviously very affected by the abortion that she’s had, but she also seems so young that sometimes it’s hard for her to wrap her mind around it. She carries around this doll that she named “Gingerbread” who she got after her biological father met her once at the airport with a piece of fresh gingerbread. The doll is like her connection with her childhood and her innocence and occasionally Cyd has these conversations with Gingerbread in her head like they’re talking telepathically. She’s obviously hurting the whole time, and trying to find some way out of it and some way to express it. A very honest book.

  • Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
    2019-02-01 06:38

    I didn't really know what I expected of this book and upon finishing it, I'm still not quite certain of how I found it. I can appreciate Cohn's message and the potential of Cyd as a character but I don't think that the execution of these things were handled as well as they could've been. I thought that writing style was one of the biggest issues for me as I found it slowed me down - I wasn't used to the dialect which felt very superficial.Cyd Charisse is our protagonist and she has traits that both annoy me and that I can admire. I felt as though there was a bit too much effort to make Cyd appear to be an outspoken and outlandish girl, which bothered me. Initially, she comes across as rather obnoxious, whiny and petulant. It is clear that Cyd is a difficult character and only as I read more of the book did I adjust to her personality and become more understanding of her. As I progressed throughout the story, I began to realise that a lot of what Cyd had gone through did contribute to her sometimes harsh thoughts and actions. I admire that there was a big message that we shouldn't judge people by our first perceptions, but there was also a lot of other lessons that Cyd could have potentially learned, but I don't feel that she completely realised this. Cohn tries to tackle a lot of subjects in this short novel and I think that she would've been more successful by trying to discuss fewer things, but in more depth. I really liked Cyd's friendship that she had with Gingerbread, an old doll that she had since her last meeting with her biological father. It may sound strange for a teenager, but it helped me as a reader to connect more with her and her sentiments. Both Cyd's romantic and familial relationships were intriguing. Though some of the characters felt unnecessary, such as Leila the housemaid, and some were very stereotypical, such as Nancy, her mother. Shrimp, Cyd's boyfriend, seemed like an interesting character and I can see that he could be developed well in the next novel in this trilogy, but the romance between them both became a little obsessive and tedious.This isn't a book that I'd particularly recommend, but it isn't something that was disastrously bad.I'm not eager to read the next instalment of the Cyd Charisse series and I feel as though I may have liked it slightly more as a younger teen.

  • Christina
    2019-02-16 06:54

    The book Ginger Bread is displaced as a comedy/Gothic drama, in my personal option. To be honest the reason I picked out this book to read was because of the interesting cover. The moment that I saw the cover I knew I had to read this book the cover just drew me in. Ginger Bread tells the story of a very loving, gothic,and outgoing girl called Cyd Charisse. She has a surfer boyfriend that she loves with her whole heart. She's also a coffee addict and tales her doll gingerbread with her just about everywhere. The doll means the most to her because as she repeats in the book it was the last thing her dad gave to her when she was a little girl, before he left. She has a very wild and not caring attitude about herself which is what over all becomes her biggest conflict and problem in the end. When Cyd become too much for her parents to handle she then is told that she is being sent to her dad's, who she hasn't seen since he gave her gingerbread. She has this attitude that she has nothing left and cares for nothing so she doesn't care. When she is told to live with her dad Cyd feels like her life is already spinning out of control. She doesn't know what to do, so maybe some time away from her boyfriend and home will do her good and change her for the better. Not every one is so happy to see her though. She finds out she has half brothers and sisters, some of which don't welcome her in the best way possible. Cyd also becomes very close with her father's personal driver, Luis who isn't all that bad looking if you know what I mean. Cyd learns a lot while she is away from home more then she ever thought she would've, whether she takes it back home with her you have to decide for yourself. I recommend this book to everyone even guys! The Protagonist Cyd isn't the typical teenage girl she likes to have fun and go wild, but she also doesn't care what people say about her and will make her point to stand out. The way the author writes makes you feel as if she is talking to you, almost like you are having a conversation with her. When you read the book it threw Cyd's point of view, so she makes it feel like you are her best friend and she is telling you everything.

  • Addison Lindsey
    2019-02-18 05:45

    Rachel Cohn again wrote another great book that many teenage girls could relate to. After reading her book called Pop Princess, when I saw that she had written another I just had to read it too. When you look at the title and the picture on the cover you think of something different than what exactly the story is. Gingerbread is a book about a teenage girl that was sent back home to San Francisco after being kicked out of the rich fancy boarding school in New England, but when Cyd Charisse gets home she causes even more trouble. Cyd has always lived with her mother. Her mother had gotten pregnant at a very young age with a married man with a family. He lived in New York and gave Nancy(Cyd’s Mom) money or whatever she needed, but was never in their lives. One thing that he did give to Cyd was a rag doll when she was little that was named Gingerbread. This gives her the confidence to do anything. After Cdy got kicked out of school she came home and fell in love with a coffee shop/ surfer boy name Shrimp. Nancy wasn’t a huge fan of him while Sid(Cyd’s step-dad) loved him. Cyd was in love, but Cyd was caught at Shrimp’s by their driver and got grounded for the whole summer. Barely seeing Shrimp he decided that they needed to take a break and Nancy decided that Cyd should go to New York City for a few weeks and stay with her bio-dad. Once, in NYC Cyd ment her dad, half brother, and half sister. She fell in love with her Step brother and his boyfriend and never wanted to leave them. Many of different things happen in NYC that would change the way she does things and think. Anyone who has separated parents that they don’t see I feel like can relate to this perfectly, but that doesn’t just have to be the case. Gingerbread is one of those books that you can take something away from or relate to in some sort of way. You will only want to keep reading to find out what happens next in this book. Cyd Charisse isn’t your average girl and neither is her story. You just have to read to find out the things that happen in NYC and if Shrimp and her get back together in the end.

  • DrewBrees
    2019-02-19 01:49

    From where I've abandoned this book, Gingerbread, by Rachel Cohn is about a girl named Cyd Charisse that has been kicked out of her boarding school forced to live back home with her mom Nancy and her step dad Sid. After Nancys been so against Cyd's new surfer-like boyfriend Shrimp, she has trouble living at home with her parents even though Sid tries to back up Cyd about her boyfriend. No matter what Nancy says about Shrimp, he's still Cyd's main ingredient that she can't live without.I picked up this book, because I saw the cover was really interesting ( different cover from the one on goodreads) and after reading the summary at the back, I thought this would be a good book for me.I DIDN'T finish this book, because after reading a few chapters, a lot of characters started to be introduced, causing a lot of confusion. Mostly because when talking about one character, the story would flip to another character all of a sudden.I think older teenagers or even some sdults would like to read this book, because they'd be able to keep up with the story as well as enjoying the topic of the book.

  • Alicia Evans
    2019-02-18 06:51

    A true coming of age story. Cyd is mature in many ways, already having had experience with drugs and sex at a young age. She knows how to manipulate people to get what she wants and she understands most people’s motives. Regardless, she is very selfish and hides behind her childhood memories of her father who remains with his “real” family on the other side of the United States. Cyd doesn’t feel like she fits with her own family and instead entertains the idea that life would be much better with her real father. In an effort to help her, her mother sends her to spend the summer with her father. Here, Cyd learns that she and her father are very alike-—in a bad way-—and through this she begins to take a look at herself. Deals with mature themes such as drugs, abortion, sex, etc. Has a constant humor/sarcastic tone throughout that help the reader enjoy the character even though she makes questionable decisions. There is a sense of growth within the arc of the story, yet still leaves a feeling of incompleteness. Two more books follow this one so the character may continue to grow throughout.

  • Joan
    2019-02-16 00:34

    I finished reading this adolescent novel a few days ago, but I delayed reviewing it because I couldn't decide which fault bothered me the most. I think my primary complaint is the constant anacronisms. I realize that anachronisms usually just indicate things that are historically out of place; but I finally settled on this word because as far as I know there is not a word in our language to describe the phenomenon of age-inappropriate speech and behavior. Anyway it was very distracting and irritating that the main character is a sixteen-year-old girl who talks and acts like she's six (a la Junie B. Jones or Ramona) in most ways but also talks and behaves like a sex-crazed cast member of Sex in the City. I also find it disturbing that a novel distributed as adolescent fiction promotes (or at least presents as normal and acceptable) illegal and immoral alcohol consumption and premarital and indescriminate sexual activity. I will say that the author had a coherent plotline and that the characters were marginally well-developed.

  • Sammee (I Want to Read That)
    2019-02-16 07:50

    I found this in a local charity shop so didn’t realise it’s an American publication – it’s available if you are able to order online.This was my first Rachel Cohn book and I enjoyed it. Cyd Charisse certainly has a very unique voice – at first I wasn’t sure I was going to like her she was so ‘in your face’ but she soon grew on me. I liked her no holds barred attitude and the way she spoke.The book is really quirky – one of the characters is a doll called gingerbread (hence the title)! – but is great fun too. The main drew of the book for me were the different relationships – Cyd and Shrimp, Cyd and her family and Cyd and her ‘bio dad’ (and his family). The dynamics of these were really interesting and I especially liked her banter with her half-brother.I have already bought the second book called Shrimp (which is available in the UK) and there is also a third called Cupcake 3.5 Stars

  • oliviasbooks
    2019-01-26 00:59

    Surprisingly good. When I found out that this story deals with a teenage delinquent doing social service in a nursing home and confiding in her bio-dad about having had an abortion I thought "Why didn't I examine the plot more closely before I put this book on my wishlist?". Now I was given the book at Easter and read it quickly not expecting much. I am surprised about how much I like the heroine and about how much the story sticks with me. I am even thinking about keeping the book and reading the follow-up (Cupcake)..

  • Rachel
    2019-02-06 04:38

    I thought this book was much much much better than the other Rachel Cohn book I have read, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.What I didn't like about this book was the "totes hip" jargon she uses throughout the book. Take these for example:"I'm down with the 411 on my..." (p 13)"I dig you mucho." (p 30)"Those boys are sumpin' sumpin'." (p 41)"No biggity" (p 43)"...learning the trade from Lucinda's pops. Dig?" (p 47)It feels like she helped Diablo Cody come up with the character of Juno and Juno and Cyd Charisse are best friends forever. (BFF.)

  • elyse
    2019-02-01 02:55

    cyd charisse is a “recovering hellion” who goes to new york city to get to know her biological father, whom she’s met only once. While there she meets her brother and sister and learns to appreciate both halves of her family. Snappy dialog from a bright character help keep this story moving. There are sex drugs and other mature topics so this is a quick read best suited for high school students. Part of a complete trilogy. Grades 9+

  • Keris
    2019-01-23 02:49

    I wasn't actually too excited to read Gingerbread, since a while ago I read the next book in the series and didn't enjoy it as much as I expected too, but Gingerbread was thrust upon me and I was urged to read it, so I did. And I was glad I did, because I loved it.To read the rest of this review (and more!), please visit Trashionista

  • Jessica
    2019-01-27 05:35

    "Sometimes you need to lose a person to find yourself. Sometimes only then you can get that person back."Rating: 3 / 5 starsFirst up, I bought this series totally because of the cover and it sounded fun, like a while ago when I bought it. Now, that I actually picked it up. I'm feeling "uh-not-so-sure". This series revolves around Cyd Charisse, as the title of the series shown. Starting off with Gingerbread, I was already confused. There were too many characters introduced and it was all over the place. And I was like what is this Gingerbread? Doll or imaginary friend or what? Rachel created Gingerbread as if it was alive yet it was merely a doll but I don't know, it was all so weird. I didn't really get that part and the saddest part is the whole book is named after Gingerbread, yet I couldn't make connection with it and I couldn't see the significant of the doll.Next is the plot line. This book has no direction for me. It has the content and main character. But where was it going? No definite direction, no specific purpose. It was just rambling about Cyd meeting her real dad and the purpose or the final destination was surfacing towards the end, like Cyd somehow learnt a few things and stuff and will turn up to be a better person after the trip, but honestly, it wasn't strong at all.One thing that was good about this book is that at certain points, Rachel Cohn succeeded making connection with the readers effortlessly. There were parts that I could relate thus making reading this book fun and pleasing. The writing style was also easy to follow through. The characters are also fun and distinctive, personality wise, which is another aspect I like about the book.Would I recommend this book? I'm not so sure. But you could give it a try if you like to read about a story of a teenage girl facing somewhat difficult situations in her life.

  • Bree T
    2019-02-05 07:53

    After reading Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares recently and loving it, I decided to investigate each of the authors a little more. I chose Rachel Cohn first simply because my library has quite a few of her books. Gingerbread is the first in a trilogy so I nabbed that one.Cyd Charisse has just been kicked out of her prestigious east-coast boarding school and is now back living with her parents in San Francisco. Her mother Nancy is a thin, non-eating type and Sid-dad (stepfather) is a wealthy CEO type. Cyd Charisse is rebelling against everything at the moment – rattling around the house and greater San Francisco causing trouble and acting out. The only things she seems to enjoy are hanging out with Sugar Pie at a nursing home and her boyfriend Shrimp, a surfer of small stature. She also has Gingerbread, a doll her real father Frank bought her the one time they met in her life, an all too brief meeting in an airport.As kids who haven’t met/had much to do with their real parents, Cyd Charisse idealises Frank and acts out against Nancy and Sid, who she is actually living with, who take care of her. She pushes boundaries simply to see if they notice and it hurts her when they don’t. When they finally do notice and punish her accordingly, all she can do is throw in their faces that hey, she’s already been doing it for quite a while now. So why punish her? It’s a very real teenager thing to do (I may have done it myself once or twice!) and so Nancy and Sid think that it might be best if Cyd Charisse does actually go and spend time time with Frank – 3 weeks. Frank was married when Cyd Charisse was born but his wife died a few years ago and now it seems like he’s finally willing to get to know Cyd Charisse.Her boyfriend Shrimp tells her that he thinks they should take a bit of a break and so Cyd Charisse, although upset about Shrimp, still heads off to New York with stars in her eyes, dreaming of her reunion with her real father. She’s brought back to Earth with a bit of a thump – Frank isn’t even there to pick her up and also seems reluctant to announce that she’s his daughter. He tells people that she’s his niece (although the two are so similar looks-wise that it seems it would be impossible for Frank to deny paternity) and his god-daughter. He spends hardly any time with Cyd Charisse, other than carefully orchestrated and organised “quality time” which usually is limited to dinner. It is left to Cyd Charisse’s older, gay brother Danny to take her under his wing and show her New York. Cyd Charisse is a lover of coffee and Danny and his partner run a cafe/cake shop so Cyd Charisse starts working some shifts there as a barista. She’s very happy doing that and realises that just might be what she wants out of life. With Shrimp around though, preferably.In New York Cyd Charisse will finally have to confront and get past the ghost of the event that has changed her life. The thing that has made her act out, crave attention, crave something. She’ll realise that what she did was hard and that she did it all by herself and that she is a stronger person for being the one who could deal with it, the one who had to.Cyd Charisse is not always a likable protagonist but I loved reading this novel. She’s selfish and she’s wilful and she’s hurting and does silly things and she also spends a lot of time talking to a doll. And I loved her. I felt for her when she told her story and I felt for her that she had no one to really tell it to properly and be there for her at the time. She was funny and smart and although sarcastic and often a bit childish, that was real and believable. I’m sure I was still plenty childish when I was 16-17 and her voice for me is a true one. I would’ve liked to actually see more of Shrimp – we see very little of their relationship and then Shrimp requests a break and Cyd Charisse heads to New York. I assume the second novel (called Shrimp!) is going to be all about her attempt to get back together with him, so I might get a bit more of an idea of what he’s like when I read that. Shrimp wasn’t really important in this novel, he was more a bit of background information on Cyd Charisse in that she makes different relationship choices now. She just needs to learn to make different choices for herself in other areas and New York is the first step to that.The other characters are skilfully portrayed – Nancy is a strict but also slightly unconventional mother and I very much liked Sid-dad, Cyd Charisse’s tolerant and loving stepfather. Frank was a distant parent, unsure how to go about forging a relationship with his now grown-up daughter and Danny was fun and interesting. Lisbeth, Cyd Charisse’s half-sister was drawn well, having trouble coming to terms with her new teenage sibling but putting on her best game face and making the effort. The subject matter was no where near as light as I first thought just from reading the blurb on the back of the book and the fun surface read successfully explored some darker and more complex topics and issues.

  • Ringo The Cat
    2019-02-09 06:56

    There are only a few books a year that leave such an impression that you want to read as much as you can by that particular author: John Green, Barry Lyga, A.S. King… Last year, the cat was completely enchanted by the Cohn/Levithan collaboration Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. The result was first checking out what David Levithan was capable of all on his own… The result: Boy Meets Boy, the perfect antidote to doom, gloom and vampire books. Rachel Cohn’s solo-efforts were a little harder to come by for the cat, though, as both Gingerbread and Shrimp were no longer available, except as discarded library books (like, for real???) for the incredible price of 0.01£ each + shipping charges (again, for real??).In Gingerbread Cyd Charisse gets kicked out of a fancy New England boarding school after a couple of indiscretions with a certain boy, which also, but not exclusively involved drugs, and returns to San Francisco, where she’s better known as the Little Hellion, a true attestation of her rebellious spirit. In San Francisco, she continues her wild adventures, involving coffee and a boy called Shrimp who she is convinced is her True Love. Cyd’s mother clearly cannot handle Cyd and after she’s been up to one too many tricks she has to spend the summer with her biological father Frank, who she’s seen only once in her life, when she was five, and whose only claim to fame was that he gave her a rag doll – Gingerbread – which Cyd still carries around everywhere, and that he helped her deal with a certain Problem she had. Enter a summer in New York City. In Shrimp, Cyd is back in San Francisco after having spent that summer in New York with her bio-dad and her brother Danny and his boyfriend Aaron. Set on rekindling the romance with her True Love Shrimp, Cyd also has to make decisions about her future: college or no college, Shrimp or no Shrimp.The question whether Cohn’s books are worth the £0.02 is indisputable (I mean, seriously?). In the Cohn/Levithan collaborations it was never a question as to whose writing the cat preferred, because both authors wrote so convincingly and in character, that it was hard to pick a favorite. But after reading solo work by both authors it’s not difficult to see that Levithan is where the heart lies and Cohn is where the edge is: Cyd Charisse is nothing if not an individualist, tense to the max, outspoken in her opinions, and pushes boundaries like no other. Definitely a character that you can’t like all of the time, lots of angst going on there, almost all of the time!The beauty of the Cohn/Levithan collaboration, though, is that they make each other better in what they are already good at. This is especially true for Rachel Cohn. Cyd Charisse is the definition of edge. But the edge in Cohn’s writing is definitely toned down by Levithan’s heart. Luckily Cohn doesn’t lose the edge, of course, but it’s quite understandable that for some the Cyd Charisse series might come over as too harsh, too gratuitous, too much like your typical teen rebel story with a character you will love to hate. However, the typical teenage antics that Cyd is up to, are just that: typical teenage antics, hiding away a lot of anger and especially fears and insecurities (there’s a lot of stuff that is unresolved, especially concerning her ‘Problem’ with the boy of the boarding school).Gingerbread was Cohn’s debut novel. There are a few issues, of course, but Cohn’s witty brilliance definitely shines through, and with Cyd Charisse she’s created a character that you will love to hate at first, appreciate and understand later (Shrimp is definitely more fleshed out than Gingerbread), and maybe even love by the end of the trilogy (don’t know, still need to read Cupcake). Still prefer the collaborations with David Levithan, though…

  • Samantha
    2019-01-31 07:56

    Sixteen-year-old Cyd Charisse is loving referred to as "Little Hellion" by her step-father. Her philosophy in life is "be as wild as I wanna be" and she doesn't care one bit what anyone, especially her parents, think. Things were okay when she was away a boarding school, but now Cyd Charrise is back at home with her wealthy mother and step-father and her step-siblings. She's been arrested for shoplifting, has been known to cut herself, and doesn't blink at staying out all night with her boyfriend Shrimp. All this bravado is hiding some serious pain, however. Cyd Charisse had a boyfriend at her boarding school, a boy her mother approved of from a good family, but her mother doesn't know the boy got Cyd pregnant and then abandoned her to seek out an abortion on her abortion she called on her estranged birth father to pay for. As Cyd gets worse and worse, her mother sends her to live with the father she never knew in New York. She hopes this will give both Cyd and her aging playboy father a chance to grow up. A good story about a girl who's only real friend is a rag doll named Gingerbread, who's afraid to love and trust those around her love her in spite of herself. This is definitely a book for older or more mature young adult readers. Topics include abortion, infidelity, and teen sex and drug use. First in a trilogy.

  • Lyn
    2019-02-08 00:56

    At sixteen, she has already had an abortion, been caught shop lifting and been kicked out of a preppy Eastern boarding school. In spite of that, she is such a mixture of naiveté and wistfulness that you can't help but be in her corner.After returning to San Francisco and her family, Cyd is sent to an alternative high school for her junior year. There she meets Shrimp, a surfer and artist and her soul mate. Her mother disagrees as she does so often about things important to Cyd. Cyd ends up under house arrest or “Alcatraz” as she calls grounding. When her mother thinks all else has failed she sends Cyd to spend three weeks with her birth father in New York City. Bio dad is a disappointment, but Cyd learns a lot about herself and her mother from just being there. Cyd is a fearless risk taker like many teenagers. Her voice allows us to share her outlook and feelings about being sixteen and not in control of her life.

  • Erin
    2019-02-02 08:51

    I read this ages ago, but I just re-read it in preparation for a booktalk I'm doing. "First Person" is the theme, so I'm focusing on books that I think have a really strong first-person character voice. I couldn't help but be charmed all over again by Cyd Charisse while reading this, and I'm definitely going to go on and read the sequels _Shrimp_ and _Cupcake_, which I didn't originally. CC is funny, unconventional and flawed, and her voice feels very real to me. I could definitely see this being a rather polarizing book--some readers will love CC and others will find her annoying. I love her, but I can see why there might be differences of opinion.