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Local Girls The first person to break your heart isn t always your boyfriend Sometimes it s your best friend Maggie Lindsey and Nina have been friends for most of their lives The girls grew up together in a dea

  • Title: Local Girls
  • Author: Caroline Zancan
  • ISBN: 9781594633645
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The first person to break your heart isn t always your boyfriend Sometimes it s your best friend Maggie, Lindsey, and Nina have been friends for most of their lives The girls grew up together in a dead end Florida town on the outskirts of Orlando, and the love and loyalty they have for one another have been their only constants Now nineteen and restless, the girls spenThe first person to break your heart isn t always your boyfriend Sometimes it s your best friend Maggie, Lindsey, and Nina have been friends for most of their lives The girls grew up together in a dead end Florida town on the outskirts of Orlando, and the love and loyalty they have for one another have been their only constants Now nineteen and restless, the girls spend empty summer days bouncing between unfulfilling jobs, the beach, and their favorite local bar, The Shamrock It s there that a chance encounter with a movie star on the last night of his life changes everything Passing through Orlando, Sam Decker comes to The Shamrock seeking anonymity, but finds Maggie, Lindsey, and Nina instead Obsessed with celebrity magazines that allow them a taste of the better lives they might have had, the girls revel in his company But the appearance of Lila, the estranged former member of the girls group, turns the focus to their shared history, bringing all their old antagonisms to the surface Lila s defection to Orlando s country club school when her father came into some money, and the strange, enchanting boy she brought into their circle, who fundamentally altered dynamics that had been in play for years By the night s end, the escalation of these long buried issues forces them to see one another as the women they are now instead of the girls they used to be With an uncanny eye for the raw edges of what it means to be a girl and a heartfelt sense of the intensity of early friendship, Local Girls is a look at both the profound role celebrity plays in our culture, and how the people we know as girls end up changing the course of our lives.

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    1. karen on said:

      We were burnouts in a burnout town. It took half the length of a Sam Decker movie to get to Orlando from where we lived, and even the city was a four-year-old's dream, not a nineteen-year-old's. The high school that we had gone to was not the type whose graduates went on to Ivy Leagues, or first- or second- or even third-tier liberal arts colleges. There was a community college in town where some of our classmates floundered and delayed having to look for jobs that paid by the hour, and the vale [...]

    2. Jessica Woodbury on said:

      Chosen from Book of the Month club.To me, this was a clear case of story not matching style. Zancan's prose is lyrical, long, and meditative. But the story of Maggie, Lindsey, and Nina isn't like that at all. Sure, a few small town girls deserve to have their story told, but there's such a disconnect between their story and the way they talk and act. It just feels like the wrong person is telling it.At times, Zancan makes you breathless with her narrative, which is pretty amazing. And the looks [...]

    3. Bonnie on said:

      ‘We loved one another purely, without the complications teenage girls so often bring to everything. But I wouldn’t be telling it right if I didn’t also tell you that it felt, by that night, that a sense of uneasy anticipation filled any room the three of us were in.’Local Girls centers around the lives of three girls that have become reluctantly resigned to a monotonous life in their small hometown that sits on the outskirts of Orlando, Florida. Their jobs are ultimately unsatisfying and [...]

    4. Judith on said:

      An interesting premise: 3 friends - 19 year old girls hanging out in a bar in the outskirts of Orlando meet a celebrity, Sam Decker, who has come to Orlando and just happened into this dumpy bar. Every girl's dream come true. Which of these "facts" do you find too hard to swallow: that the owner cares so little about his livelihood that he always serves these girls alcohol, knowing full well that they are 2 years under the legal limit; that a movie star comes into a dumpy little hole in the wall [...]

    5. Book Riot Community on said:

      Ah, best friends. Best friends can talk without talking, they've got your back, and they really get you. That's why they're also the ones that can hurt you the most. Maggie, Lindsey, and Nina are the best of friends, spending their summer after graduation using their fake IDs to drink at the local dive bar. A random encounter with a celebrity and the return of a former friend over the course of an evening will kick their friendship out of its planned trajectory, and test the limits of loyalty. L [...]

    6. Bailey on said:

      4.5, probably. I have a lot of really strong feelings about this book.

    7. Bookishsmaug on said:

      This book centers around three girls on their usual hang out during a Saturday night at a bar, except that night happens to outweigh the others in particular, due to the fact that they bumped into their all-time favorite celebrity Sam Decker, changing their lives completely.-I went into this book blind despite knowing that the book follows three girls and their lives during the summer, and it was quite a delight. It took a twist on my expectations (which is a good thing) and I flew through the b [...]

    8. Blair on said:

      So this wasn't in my reading plan at all. But since I watched the Amy Winehouse documentary, I haven't been able to read or watch or listen to anything demanding or emotionally complex, and I really didn't have the energy to read any more of any of the books I already had on the go, and so I decided to give a YA novel a whirl.(I'm only really adding this to my shelves at all because I'm convinced it's the result of the author using Lana Del Rey's 'This Is What Makes Us Girls' as a writing prompt [...]

    9. Kelly Hager on said:

      This book is a bit of a slow burn. We know something bad happens and that something bad HAS happened, but a lot of those things---as well as why---are kept secret from the reader for most of the book.The book goes back and forth between the girls' night with movie star Sam Decker and to sometime in the past, explaining why there are only three friends now instead of four. (Note: most of the book is in the past.)The pacing is very deliberate (some would stay slow) and readers should stay patient. [...]

    10. Meghan on said:

      Literary New Adult fiction about a group of girls in a working-class Florida neighborhood. It takes place the year after they graduate high school - none of them have gone to college, and they are stuck in their town and defiant about it, gathering at a favorite local bar most nights. Written in second person, this book is mostly about small group friendship dynamics and moving on as you become an adult. The structure is interesting - taking place over a single night when a mega-celebrity actor [...]

    11. Amanda on said:

      The girls in this book, aside from Nina, were often hard for me to distinguish between. I think sometimes the author tried too hard to sound "cool" and it ended up taking away from the individual voices of her characters because they ended up all sounding exactly the same. Overall though, it was a somewhat enjoyable read and glimpse into young female friendship and what it's like for us girls when we find ourselves at the crossroads of being little girls and diving headfirst into womanhood.

    12. Kelly on said:

      tedious, one-dimensional, unlikeable characters. AND: orlando is not a beach town. nor is it 20 minutes from Florida State Univ.

    13. Tiffany on said:

      Horrible book in my opinion. Absolutely nothing happens in this story. I kept reading hoping that something was going to make sense. It didn't.

    14. Nina on said:

      Mostly picked this up because of a main character's name and the setting (though nothing like what I experienced growing up in Orlando), and stayed because I'm fascinated by meditations on female friendships and their evolution. This book disappointed stayed pretty flat the whole way through, and nothing really exciting happens, even as it flashed back and forth to unravel the minor mysteries of (1) how Sam Decker died and (2) what happened to break the foursome apart. While unexciting, the char [...]

    15. Krista on said:

      It wasn't a bad book, and it was an interesting read. I picked it up as a why not? and it wasn't horrible. I couldn't identify with any of the characters and I had a hard time really liking the characters because of all the shit they did. I also had trouble fully believing they were all really friends. I could believe it but not the the extent that the book was trying to push on us. 3/5

    16. Cait on said:

      This was one of my all time favourite styles of books - I just wish it was a more engaging plot

    17. Megan Strang on said:

      I'm having trouble putting my finger on what I didn't like about this book. I liked the premise, but think it faltered a little in execution. I sometimes got lost in the bounces back and forth. I also liked the prose, but sometimes it was a little too much in terms of simple plot facilitation. Drawn out sentences that made me have to go back and re-read something to understand, placing more importance on events than what I was expecting (and thus having to re-read), etc.I also would've liked to [...]

    18. Mandy on said:

      *I received this book from First Reads Giveaways*Such an interesting read following the story of four small town girls who are best friends, or at least that is what they call themselves. It starts with them in a local bar, when a big time celebrity heart throb comes in and shares a few drinks and stories with them. There are flashbacks to how the girl met and the experiences they have had that make them friends, as well as flash forwards to what happens after that night in the bar. The realist [...]

    19. Lindsey on said:

      A pretty, reflective read that felt a little like home.I was excited for this book because it's set in a town where I spent a good chunk of my life AND two of the characters share names with myself and a close friend.This is probably the 10th non-linear narrative I've read recently, and probably my favorite. I really enjoyed Zancan's prose. It's beautiful, thoughtful, and poignant. I enjoyed the way she dissected these long standing female friendships/sisterhoods- in a way that made me feel so c [...]

    20. Caitlin on said:

      I was fortunate enough to receive early access to this title through the Penguin/Random House First to Read program--so thank you, PRH for that! Unfortunately, though I'm thankful to have been selected, this one just wasn't for me. Though books that delve into the nature of female friendships (their evolution but also how they might fall apart) are usually titles that catch my interest, I couldn't bring myself to care about these characters, who seem somewhat one-dimensional and shallow. The sub [...]

    21. Suzanne on said:

      This is an uneven book: four childhood friends remain bound together until adolescence and then slowly their union falls apart. The author is able to set the scene, time and mood of their corner of Florida perfectly. Unfortunately the four girls remain difficult to distinguish for large portions of the story; our narrator is described more by omission than intention. This would make a great movie, because the story is so moody and evocative. And because the stories within stories are so well tol [...]

    22. Caren ~ the misfit geek on said:

      I did not like this book at all. I didn’t like any of the characters and it was poorly organized. I didn’t like the long rambling chapters that bounced from one story to another. I really didn’t enjoy the writing either. It mainly consisted of this mind-numbingly boring commentary that just went on and on. Even the active dialog was unremarkable. I’m sure there is an audience that will appreciate this book but I am not that audience.I received an ARC of this book from Penguin’s First t [...]

    23. Taryn on said:

      Really not for me. I kept waiting for some payoff to what seemed like buildup but it never came. I didn't understand or care about any of the girls and I was over halfway through before I even knew the name of the narrator. Everything was melodramatic and unrealistic to me and that's a massive turn off. There are some good ideas and thoughts, but those ended up being overexplained or overemphasized and took away any and all poignancy.

    24. Katie on said:

      Some great writing, needed lots of editing - could have been a much tighter book. It was hard to distinguish the main characters from each other, more sketches than real people. The movie star, Decker, was a total stereotype. I think this author is worth keeping an eye on - in the midst of this lackluster story is some lovely turn of phrase.

    25. Jodi on said:

      I won't say it's a classic, but it was a nice little read about how a girl can love and hate her best friends. I also enjoyed the descriptions of my home state.

    26. Caitlin on said:

      I loved this. Soooo much. Really got to me in that way I loved and needed.

    27. Samantha on said:

      I have no idea what it was about this book that I enjoyed as much as I did, but there was certainly something about Zancan's story that made it difficult to turn away.

    28. susan pribil on said:

      DumbPretentious, unlikable characters. It reads like a preteen fantasy. Not sure why I finished it, except I kept waiting for something to happen.

    29. Gerri Leen on said:

      So the whole time I was enjoying the way this was written, I was also thinking "People don't talk like this." It's a basic disconnect that runs through the whole book. Our narrator comes off as self-aware, erudite, etc but in reality, she's nothing like that. So her inner monologue is at odds with her actual personality/education level/etc. It's a fascinating story (well, two of them really) but it just seems like someone else is telling it. I read it fast but I'm not sure I enjoyed it.On the ot [...]

    30. Samantha Kukuljan on said:

      The story of local girls is set in Florida. About three girls from Florida who have been friends forever. A fictional Brad Pitt has arrived for drinks at a crappy bar the girls go to at night in Florida.Fictional Brad Pitt wants to know all about the girls lives in Florida.The girls are entering adulthood and don't want be stuck in Florida forever.Did I mention the book was set in Florida?Basically, the book feels like a really long episode of TV where a character explains to another character a [...]

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