Gingerbread by Rachel CohnGingerbread by Rachel Cohn


byRachel Cohn

Hardcover | March 1, 2002

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"I have promised to be a model citizen daughter....I have confined my Shrimp time to making out with him in the Java the Hut supply closet and quick feels on the cold hard sand at the beach during our breaks, but enough is enough....Delia and I are planning a party at Wallace and Shrimp's house and I am spending the night whether Sid and Nancy notice or not. I will be as wild as I wanna be."
After being kicked out of a fancy New England boarding school, Cyd Charisse is back home in San Francisco with her parents, Sid and Nancy, in a household that drives her crazy. Lucky for Cyd, she's always had Gingerbread, her childhood rag doll and confidante.
After Cyd tests her parents' permissiveness, she is grounded in Alcatraz (as Cyd calls her room) and forbidden to see Shrimp, her surfer boyfriend. But when her incarceration proves too painful for the whole family, Cyd's parents decide to send her to New York to meet her biological father and his family, whom Cyd has always longed to know.
Summer in the city is not what Cyd Charisse expects -- and Cyd isn't what her newfound family expects, either.
With Gingerbread, debut author Rachel Cohn creates a spirited world of in-your-face characters who are going to stay with readers for a long time.
Rachel Cohn grew up outside Washington, D.C., lived in San Francisco for several years, and now lives in Manhattan. Gingerbread is her first novel. Originally inspired by an artist friend's drawing, Gingerbread evolved from time she spent reading and writing in coffeehouses, and from hikes she often took on the steep streets and hills...
Title:GingerbreadFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:176 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.7 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:March 1, 2002Publisher:Simon & Schuster Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0689843372

ISBN - 13:9780689843372

Appropriate for ages: 14


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very sweet and fun I have read this book a few times over the years, and I enjoy it as much on each new reading. The story is filled with humour, reality, sarcasm, and sweetness. It captures the angst of being a teenager quite well and is well worth the read. None of the characters are perfect nor stereotypical, and there is a realness to them that is quite enjoyable.
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read this book when I was a teenager-- the whole series is hilarious. I've read each one over three times and would still get a good laugh out of it!
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it found it very easy to get into this book and once i started i couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing ! Wow , I'm not a big reader but this book was amazing ! I read it in two days ! I would read this book over and over again , its phonomanal !
Date published: 2009-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book I love this book, it is awesome! I expecially like the names, they are also awesome. If you haven't already you should read this book, the second and the third, they are awesome!
Date published: 2008-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond Great This book is not only funny and endearing it is also very relatable adn realistic. Every situationcould be you, or a friend. I picked it up becausae the cover cought my eye, but Rachel Cohn has cought my heart with her main character Cid! I suggest you buy this book and never look back... then buy the sequil Shrimp and the triquil...Cupcake. You will never want to put them down!
Date published: 2007-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from whoa. i didnt think i'd like this book t'ill i finished it im glad i finished it you should finish it its amazing read it like whoa! suchagoodBOOK.
Date published: 2005-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG this book is GREAT I loved it.. I couldn't put it down, i just stayed up all hours of the night because i had to find out what was going on with yd Charisse. This is definetly a MUST-READ!! I recomand to everyone...So glad theres a sequel... can't wait to read that one either, Shrimp is the name of it.
Date published: 2005-08-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from gingerbread this book is not the best book ever, but it's a book that FUN peps like to read.
Date published: 2005-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the best book ever! This book was soooo awesome. I've read it 7 times and twice when i was on vaction in Cuba. Something about it just draws you in and you can't stop reading. It's 5 stars because it's excellent and i advise anyone who likes books with romance, comedy and adventure to read it!
Date published: 2005-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A little bit of Cyd Shrimp & a side of gingerbread Wow! I absoulotly love this book! Ive read it three times nad will read it more in the future. The storry of cyds past is touching and her present is remarkable. It will make oyu laugh and cry but most of all you wont wanna put it down!
Date published: 2005-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short-term fun. When I first read this book, I believe I was deeply intrigues by it and I fell in love with it instantly. Three months later, I forgot what it's about except for the fact that her boyfriend's name is SHRIMP, her best friend is an aging old woman. Yet this main character (I forgot her name) still magaged to steal my approval while reading the book!
Date published: 2005-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome This book was great, I loved it.
Date published: 2004-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!! everyone MUST read this book! it is fantastic for all teens, especially i would recommend it for ages 13-15. its so great and i for sure told all my friends about it and they also all told me how great it was. all i can say is that there had better be a number 2 coming out soon because its awesome!
Date published: 2003-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great I thought this book was very good, it was very realistic, like things in that book happen around and its just a really good book and i loved it! and rachel cohn is an excellent author
Date published: 2003-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book I thought this book was very well written. I can relate to Cyd very well. I have told all my friends to read the book also and they loved it too!
Date published: 2003-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING this book was breathtaking. I'v read it now at least 5 times. it keeps getting better and better!!!!!
Date published: 2003-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More addictive than Gingerbread Cookies!!! The Best book i have read, EVER and I've read alot of books! Rachel Cohn is such a great writer! If ur reading this and haven't read the book, GO AND GET IT!!!!!
Date published: 2003-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Real Teen Issues Make GINGERBREAD fantastic Real teen issues makes Gingerbread fantastic. Teens can relate to what shes going through easily. There are a number of teen issues that were brought up through the book. However, this made the book a tad bit unrealistic, because there were so many issues going on in this girls life. It how the author puts the issues together in the book that makes it perfectly fantastic!
Date published: 2003-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!!! I can only relate the Cyd because I'm addicted to coffee, but I really enjoyed this book!
Date published: 2003-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gingerbread Rocks! This book is funny, witty, sarcastic, and so good! Teenage girls will relate to Cyd and fall in love with her crazy and understandable teenage perspective on family and life!
Date published: 2003-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME !! This book is soo GOOD! It's inspiring in a weird way. I hope there is some kind of sequel to it. It's really good for punk rock teens to read!!! It also makes you want to eat Gingerbread cookies!!!!!
Date published: 2002-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gingerbread All together the plot and summary/conclusion was dramatic enough to keep me reading for hours til the book was finished. it's impossible to not enjoy this book about someone who only yearns so much for love, appreciation and acceptance from her family.
Date published: 2002-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great! i could totally relate to cyd charisse, and i couldn't put the book down! i'm so like her, and i too have some of her problems. i recommend it for any teen willing to spend a whole day reading.
Date published: 2002-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book for Teens I love this book so much, I wish the author made it much longer though, I just didn't want to put it down.
Date published: 2002-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! This book is wow. Double wow! It rocks, nuff said. Read the book!
Date published: 2002-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Three Thumbs Up! This book was not at all like other books I've read...well except for 'The Outsiders'. It's a very real book. By that I mean that it's very in tune with what teenagers are like. It really gets into the character's mind and thoughts and I think Rachel did a fantabulous job writing this (not two, not one, but three!) thumbs up!!
Date published: 2002-04-16

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Chapter OneMy so-called parents hate my boyfriend, Shrimp. I'm not sure they even believe he is my boyfriend. They take one look at his five-foot-five, surfer-shirt-wearin', baggy-jeans-slouchin', Pop Tart-eatin', spiked-hair-head self and you can just see confusion firebombs exploding in their heads, like they are thinking, Oh no, Cyd Charisse, that young man is not your homes.Dig this: He is.At least Shrimp always remembers to call my mother "Mrs." instead of just grunting in her direction, like most guys my age do. And no parent could deny that hanging out with Shrimp is an improvement over Justin, my ex, from my old prep school. Justin got me into trouble, big time. I'm so over the Justin stage.Not like Sid and Nancy care much. I have done my parents the favor of becoming more or less invisible.Sid, my father, calls me a "recovering hellion." Sid's actually my stepfather. You could say I hardly know my real father. I met him at an airport once when I was five. He was tall and skinny and had ink black hair, like me. We ate lunch in a smoky pub at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. I did not like my hamburger so my real dad opened his briefcase and offered me a piece of homemade gingerbread he had wrapped in tinfoil.He bought me a brown rag doll at the airport gift shop. The cashier had made the doll herself. She said she had kept the doll hidden under her cash register waiting for just the right little girl. My real dad gave the cashier a one-hundred-dollar bill and told her to keep the change. I named my dolly Gingerbread.Nancy and I were on our way to San Francisco to become Sid's family. My real dad was on his way back to New York, to his real wife and family. They don't know about me.I'm fairly sure that my real dad's wife would not mind that I make scissors cuts on my arms and then pick the scabs. His real wife probably makes fresh gingerbread every day and writes Things To Do lists and does her own grocery shopping instead of having a housekeeper and a driver do everything for her, like Nancy does.Nancy only met Justin once, at the expulsion hearing. The headmaster told her Justin and I were caught fooling around in a room loaded with Jack Daniels and prescription bottles. In flagrante delicto were the words the headmaster used. I failed Latin.Nancy said Justin was from a "wonderful Connecticut family" and how could I shame her and Sid like that. It was Justin who was selling the ecstasy out of his dorm room, not me. It was Justin who said he pulled out in time. Sid and Nancy never knew about that part.Nancy came into my room one night after I returned home to San Francisco. Sid and my younger half-sibs were at Father's Night at their French immersion school. "I hope your friends use condoms," Nancy said, which was funny because she knows Shrimp is my only friend. She threw a box of Trojans onto the lace-trimmed four-poster bed that I hate. Shrimp is a safety boy, he takes care of those things. If it had been Shrimp back in boarding school, he would have come with me to the clinic."Can I have a futon on the floor instead of this stupid princess bed?" I said. The thought of my mother even knowing about contraception, much less doling it out, was beyond comprehension, much less discussion.Nancy sighed. Sighing is what she does instead of eating. "I paid ten thousand dollars to redecorate this room while you were at boarding school. No, you may not, Cyd Charisse."Everybody in my family calls me by my first and middle name since my dad's name is pronounced the same as my first name. When she was twenty years old and pregnant with me, Nancy thought she would eventually marry my real dad. She named me after this dancer-actress from like a million years ago who starred in this movie that Nancy and real-dad saw on their first date, before she found out he had a whole other life. The real Cyd Charisse is like this incredibly beautiful sex goddess. I am okay looking. I could never be superhuman sexy like the real Cyd Charisse. I mean there is only room for so much grace and beauty in one person named Cyd Charisse, not two.Nancy fished a pack of Butter Rum LifeSavers out of her designer jacket and held them out to me. "Want a piece of my dinner?"Copyright © 2002 by Rachel Cohn

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal Funny and irreverent reading with teen appeal that's right on target.