True Confessions of Heartless Girl

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True Confessions of Heartless Girl

by Martha Brooks

Groundwood Books | October 1, 2003 | Trade Paperback

True Confessions of Heartless Girl is rated 2.5 out of 5 by 2.
In the midst of a heaven-rattling summer storm a young stranger blows into a small prairie town. On the run after taking her latest boyfriend's truck, with a pocketful of stolen money and a heart full of pain, seventeen-year-old Noreen Stall seems to invi

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.06 × 4.31 × 0.53 in

Published: October 1, 2003

Publisher: Groundwood Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0888995695

ISBN - 13: 9780888995698

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing! Story Description: She turned onto the main street -- the sound of the lake a whisper behind her, the leaves of the tall trees now talking overhead -- she saw his truck parked in front of the café and Wesley sitting inside it.... He didn't seem to notice as she got closer, his eyes closed as if he was concentrating on something. With her hand on her stomach, she steadied herself. The window on the passenger's side was open and she could see the distinct curve of his dark lashes as they rested against his cheek. "Wesley," she said quietly.... She felt a hot sting of shame. She wanted to hide. But in Pembina Lake, beside a truck, in front of a café, wheat fields and sky flaming pink and orange and gold all around, there was absolutely nowhere to go. In the midst of a heaven-rattling summer storm a young stranger blows into a small prairie town. On the run after taking her latest boyfriend's truck, with a pocketful of stolen money and a heart full of pain, seventeen-year-old Noreen Stall seems to invite trouble. And trouble comes soon enough, as Noreen's new mistakes trigger calamities that shake the lives of the residents of Pembina Lake. My Review: Seventeen-year-old Noreen Stall is pregnant and frightened and not knowing what to do, steals her boyfriend’s money, truck, and begins driving until she reaches the sleepy-eyed town of Pembina Lake. She soon discovers that everyone in this crazy town has a secret, for her, it’s the perfect place to hide! But Noreen has a knack for stirring up trouble and it follows her wherever she goes drawing unwanted attention to herself. This wasn’t a novel that rated high on my reading list, cute enough, but not anything even close to serious literature and fiction. Unfortunately, this not the type of book that I would recommend to anyone.
Date published: 2011-10-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thoughtful book. A lot of teen lit out right now is sort of "chick lit", fairly light and fluffy. Martha Brooks is definitely more lit - she reminds me of Elizabeth Hay or Richard Wright. This wasn't a fast paced novel and really not all that much happens but you definitely get to know about the characters and care about them. Noreen is a seventeen year old who blows into town and seems to leave a wake of destruction everywhere she goes. We slowly learn about her past life and the secrets of those in town. The more I think about this book, the more I like it.
Date published: 2008-01-19

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True Confessions of Heartless Girl

by Martha Brooks

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.06 × 4.31 × 0.53 in

Published: October 1, 2003

Publisher: Groundwood Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0888995695

ISBN - 13: 9780888995698

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In the midst of a heaven-rattling summer storm a young stranger blows into a small prairie town. On the run after taking her latest boyfriend's truck, with a pocketful of stolen money and a heart full of pain, seventeen-year-old Noreen Stall seems to invi

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Junior Booklovers Contest Winner Megan, age 15, Charlottetown, PEI

Seventeen year old Noreen Stall is running away. Running away from her family, her boyfriend and a miserable life. Her past is full of bad memories of her abusive stepfather and hurtful relationships she wants to forget. She soon discovers that won't be possible. She arrives in the small town of Pembina Lake after stealing her boyfriend's car and his money. The town's residents are all intrigued by this new stranger, especially the "meddling for Jesus" Dolores Harper who is determined to help Noreen. Within hours the small town is brought alive by Noreen and her trouble making.

Noreen isn't the only one in Pembina Lake with problems. Many of the town's residents are haunted by lost love, death and loneliness. Somehow Noreen's unusual personality brings these people together as she becomes a part of their tiny town. This book is an easy read and the characters are very well portrayed and real. The author does a good job of illustrating small town life by painting a vivid picture of the setting and the characters. My only criticism was that the book ended too quickly and it seemed like all the problems were suddenly solved just so the story could end easily.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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