Me And The Blondes: Book One Of The Series

Paperback | April 25, 2006

byTeresa Toten

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“How did your poor husband pass away?”
Make it simple, Mama, I tried to bore into her, simple, simple…
“His brains exploded.”
 I heard a gasp. It was me.
“An aneurysm?”
“Okay,” said Mama.
 “I’m sorry, hon,” said Mrs. Haver. “At least it was fast.”
 “It vas?” Mama looked puzzled. I nodded furiously at her. “Ya. It vas. Yours?”
“Heart attack.”
“Oooo, dat’s good too.”
I could’ve killed her.

Sophie Kandinsky has spent the last six years trying to keep her crazy family life secret. The devil is in the details. The first detail is her larger-than-life, eccentric, Bulgarian mother. The slightly larger detail is the fact that her gentle, poet-father has been charged with murder. All Sophie wants is to be adored and invincible, which is really hard once people find out her father’s in prison.

But this time, after yet another move to another new school, and another opportunity to wipe the slate clean, Sophie has devised a plan. On her first day of school, she will locate The Blondes—that clique of perfect, confident girls who are beyond gossip and reproach—and she will make them her friends. This time, no one will find out the truth. This time, everything will be brilliant.

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“How did your poor husband pass away?” Make it simple, Mama, I tried to bore into her, simple, simple… “His brains exploded.”  I heard a gasp. It was me. “An aneurysm?” “Okay,” said Mama.  “I’m sorry, hon,” said Mrs. Haver. “At least it was fast.”  “It vas?” Mama looked puzzled. I nodded furiously at her. “Ya. It vas. Yours?” “Heart at...

TERESA TOTEN is an award-winning writer who was born in Zagreb, Croatia, but left for Canada on that same day. Although she’s lived in Toronto for most of her life, Teresa has also lived in Delhi (Ontario), Montreal, Ottawa, and New York. She developed her broad taste in reading as a result of her non-English-speaking mother’s habit of...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.24 × 5.29 × 0.65 inPublished:April 25, 2006Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143053078

ISBN - 13:9780143053071

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun & Feisty At the same time hysterically funny and deadpan serious, Me and the Blondes is an engaging read for girls aged 13-16. From Auntie Eva’s unforgettable life philosophies – “You got to inspire za boobies. A beautiful too-big brassiere vill ... encourage zem to fill up za cups” – to first period drama, bulimia and boys, this book is entirely relevant to modern high school life. It is set in the 70s yet the connection between the modern reader and the modern-feeling characters is there in the universality of the high school experience, those issues which traverse ages and, of course, Teresa Toten’s terrific sense of humour. Somehow, the life and colour of the 70s only seems to bring this out further. Sophie is a character with spirit and wit and Toten’s Blondes, too, are no vapid clique. Madison, Kit and Sarah are each individual characters, terrific basketball players and each comes complete with a full back story of her own. I only wish I’d picked up books Better Than Blonde and Beyond Blonde at the same time so I didn’t have to wait to uncover more about them.
Date published: 2012-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Funny (spoilers) I bought this book because I thought it would be a funny, light hearted read and I wasn't disappointed! Sophia (who prefers to go by Shopie) and her mom have moved, again. Her dad is in prison for manslaughter only he isn't guilty, he was just too drunk to remember who is. Sophie is sick of being the murderers kid and her mom wants a clean start so they decide that he is dead, a good lie if they could keep it straight and if her mother knew proper english. Sophie wants badly to fit in and after 5 or so schools knows that the blondes are the ones to be with, so even though Shopie is definitely not a blonde she is going to make friends with them. Eventually she does and she realizes that blondes are not as simple as they seem. Good book, I would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2009-03-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Me and The Blondes This book wasn't bad. It's about a girl who wants to be "in" with these blond girls. Also, her father is in jail, so she has to make sure no one finds out....she wants to do everything she can to fit in and have a "normal" high school life.
Date published: 2009-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Its pretty good So this is a pretty good book. I'm not saying its the very best thing out there, but its still worth the read. I especially love that there is a sequel.. i'm a sucker for books in series' ! I don't know about all this controversy people keep talking about though. I mean, i wouldnt let a 12 year old read it, but then again i also think 12 year olds should not be reading the twilight series but there they go anyway! Its a good book, and just remember that it is set in Toronto a LONG TIME AGO! back when smoking wasnt even a big deal.. okay?
Date published: 2009-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rebuttal I love this book so much that I feel I must defend it. I just finished re-reading this book because of the accusations from the previous reviewer. Constant use of language? I guess for some, Sophie saying "Jesus God!" would be inappropriate but there are much worse expressions the author could have employed. Her expressions fit her character's speech and background. There is one chapter with sexual content but the protagonist is questioning herself through the whole chapter and shows that she is mature and responsible in the end. The previous reviewer has chosen to focus on small negatives and make it seem as if this book is nothing but trash. In reality, he has missed the point of the story. This is a story about family and learning to accept yourself and Sophie is a much more positive protagonist than most in books today. Any mother or father should be proud to have their daughters read this book, especially when you consider the filth they could be reading instead, such as Gossip Girls, a series where the only things that are thought about are drugs, alcohol, sex, and how much the girls hate their families. Me and the Blondes promotes self love and love for family above all and that is really something that many of today's teen books are lacking.
Date published: 2007-06-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from completely inappropriate for the 12+ age group A few days ago I bought my daughter a copy of "Me and the Blondes" by Teresa Toten. She had read a review of the book in "THE Magazine", and after seeing that Penguin rated the book as "12+" I decided it would be appropriate (she is 12). There is no warning about language or sexual content on the covers. As she read the book, however, my daughter herself began questioning whether the language was appropriate. I picked it up and read through several chapters. How does Penguin determine that this book is appropriate for a 12 year old? It's not the alcohol or constant use of cigarettes by the pre-teens in this book that bothers me. I do have to admit that the constant use of language disturbs me. I'm not talking about a few colourful words, this goes far beyond that. How about the party in Chapter 16? I can't go into the action in this chapter, as perhaps there may be a child reading this review. Suffice it to say, is it really possible for a young girl to write her name in hickeys on a boys stomach? Why do the girls refer to their dates as "practice boys"? Give me a break. I am an elementary school teacher and am well aware of the pressures and issues facing 12 year old children. This book does not serve to address these issues in a meaningful and appropriate manner. I can no longer trust Penguin or the age ratings given on the back of its books.
Date published: 2007-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG I LOVE THIS BOOK OMG this book is amazing. you need to read it. its about a girl named sophie and she makes friends with the blondes, but they don't know she's just pretending. i reccomend this book to any girl who likes to read. it was absoulutley super duper. i heard teresa toten is coming out with a sequel to this in april 2007. i don't know much about it but it sounds like something good. i think its called better than blonde.
Date published: 2007-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Every teenage girl MUST read this book. Fourteen year old Sophie starts her new school with one goal in mind: befriend “The Blondes.” Every school has them: they are the popular, the elite. Everyone wants to be like them. Sophie doesn’t necessarily want to be like them, she just wants to be liked by them. It’s easier than it seems until a major secret threatens everything she works for. Sophie, of Bulgarian and Polish descent, is a likeable character that most if not all preteen girls can identify with in their effort to fit in, in high school. The cast of supporting characters Toten assembles keeps the reader in fits of giggles at exactly the right times. Sophie’s Bulgarian mother makes the reader cringe at points, but at the same time secretly makes them appreciate their own mother that much more. Just when you want to break down and cry with Sophie, her three “Aunts” swoop in with laugh out loud comic relief. Me and the Blondes is a story about friendship, love, but most of all, learning to accept your family even with all of their crazy quirks. Every teenage girl MUST read this book. Teresa Toten is an author that really understands the mind of the teenage girl. Once you are done this one, read The Game.
Date published: 2006-07-23