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32 Candles: A Novel | [Ernessa T. Carter]

32 Candles: A Novel

Davie—an ugly duckling growing up in small-town Mississippi—is positive her life couldn’t be any worse. She has the meanest mother in the South, possibly the world, and on top of that, she’s pretty sure she’s ugly. Just when she’s resigned herself to her fate, she sees a movie that will change her life—Sixteen Candles. But in her case, life doesn’t imitate art.
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Publisher's Summary

32 Candles is the slightly twisted, utterly romantic, and deftly wry story of Davie Jones, who, if she doesn’t stand in her own way, just might get the man of her dreams.

Davie—an ugly duckling growing up in small-town Mississippi—is positive her life couldn’t be any worse. She has the meanest mother in the South, possibly the world, and on top of that, she’s pretty sure she’s ugly. Just when she’s resigned herself to her fate, she sees a movie that will change her life—Sixteen Candles. But in her case, life doesn’t imitate art. Tormented endlessly in school with the nickname "Monkey Night," and hopelessly in unrequited love with a handsome football player, James Farrell, Davie finds that it is bittersweet to dream of Molly Ringwald endings. When a cruel school prank goes too far, Davie leaves the life she knows and reinvents herself in the glittery world of Hollywood—as a beautiful and successful lounge singer in a swanky nightclub.

Davie is finally a million miles from where she started—until she bumps into her former obsession, James Farrell. To Davie’s astonishment, James doesn’t recognize her, and she can’t bring herself to end the fantasy. She lets him fall as deeply in love with her as she once was with him. But is life ever that simple? Just as they’re about to ride off into the sunset, the past comes back with a vengeance, threatening to crush Davie’s dreams—and break her heart again.

With wholly original characters and a cinematic storyline, 32 Candles introduces Ernessa T. Carter, a new voice in fiction with smarts, attitude, and sassiness to spare.

©2010 Ernessa T. Carter (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Stephanie tucson, AZ, United States 04-07-12
    Stephanie tucson, AZ, United States 04-07-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "WOW."

    THIS IS A REALLY GOOD BOOK. I LOVE THE MAIN CHARACTERS PERSONALITY. SHE WENT THROUG A LOT AND CAME OUT STRONGER. LOVE IT.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 01-13-14
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 01-13-14 Member Since 2015

    retired writer

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    "Enjoyable and Entertaining"

    The storyline is interesting and it touched on moral issues. The book is laid out in a very interesting way. It keeps you listening. Excellent writing and performance. I loved Ms. Ojo southern accent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nevada Alexandria, VA, United States 10-03-12
    Nevada Alexandria, VA, United States 10-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "2 High Fives - for Monkey Night"

    OMG – Monkey Night was simply the best character ever. I love the ugly duckling undertones….okaaay overtones. The true presence in the book is all about personal growth despite obstacles. It is very well written (can’t say that enough times).

    I got lost in the book, and you know what they say about a good book, they are always too short, so I am requesting a sequel. This book went up and down Interstate 95 with me, proving to make the ride intriguing and peaceful, I forgot the time.

    The narrator did this piece of art the justice it deserved. If you ever had a crush, if you have ever been embarrassed about your skeletons, if you have ever known someone that was truly a ‘B’, the artist craft fully weaves them all together in a beautiful basket, with a bow.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Constant Reader 09-14-10

    I love reading and audible is the easiest way to keep up with my voracious appetite for the written word.

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    "Incredible first novel"

    I am typically hesitant about using my credits for an unknown author and even more so when I am purchasing books with my own money. 32 Candles was well worth it all!!! I loved this book and can't wait for more from this author. The characters are well developed and the remarks pithy. I was so lost in this book that I forced myself to stay up way past my bedtime to hear what would happen next because I just didn't want to stop listening...much the same way I felt when the book ended.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Shana gurnee, IL, United States 07-03-10
    Shana gurnee, IL, United States 07-03-10
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    "modern day fairy tale"

    this book made me laugh, cry, and sympathize with the main character. it is wonderfully written, i only wish the ending was a little longer.

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    Mon San Francisco, Ca 05-05-12
    Mon San Francisco, Ca 05-05-12 Member Since 2010

    12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!

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    "Crazy love - literally! Crazy!"
    What made the experience of listening to 32 Candles the most enjoyable?

    I loved this book despite some of the gaps and flaws. This book could have easily been 4 distinct stories: childhood trauma and the early years. This is where we meet Davidia. She is young, strong, vulnerable and traumatized. Then Davie moves to Hollywood and becomes a successful lounge singer. Then there is a whole section on crazy vengeance and the last section is just on atonement. Together it was disjointed but again I STILL loved the book. There are some lines in this book that had me rolling. I was laughing so hard. Even when things weren't gelling I still couldn't put this audio down. Listened to it and enjoyed every minute of it. Be warned: There are a lot of F bombs and some graphic sex scenes.


    What about Adenrele Ojo’s performance did you like?

    Loved her. Great voice. Great at capturing Davidia's emotional range which is everything from amazing to down right crazy!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Davidia's childhood and her relationship with her horrible, selfish mother.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Simone NEW YORK, NY, United States 05-29-14
    Simone NEW YORK, NY, United States 05-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Listen"

    This was not a typical novel. I appreciated the narrator. This is a great novel to listen to. You will enjoy this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Keisha 03-30-12
    Keisha 03-30-12
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    "Loved it from the start"

    I liked this book from the very beginning and finished it in less than two days. My heart went out to Davie "then" and "now" (titles she gives to her life). "In between", the revised edition, made me look at her in a completely different light and I could no longer empathize with her.. I understand she was hurt, young and inexperienced in love but, wow! I did love however how she made amends and then some. The very end could have been stronger, IMO. I was waiting for her Molly Ringwald ending but when it came the author ended it too quick. I wanted a little more dialogue there. All in all I loved the book and would definitely recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dream Watauga, TX, United States 03-14-12
    Dream Watauga, TX, United States 03-14-12 Member Since 2012

    LIFE just happens that way sometimes!

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    "Unexpected but delightful"

    This story was very well written. I can totally relate with the popular character Veronica she was fierce just like myself. It's funny how our past form us into people that we never thought that we can be. I would recommend this book to all because it flows wonderfully and the narrator was superb. One thing that sticks out to me is the fact that sometimes people do things to help other people and those lil gestures may mean one thing to you and be a sole moment in your life but may be forgotten by another. Life changes and we never know where we going until we get there and always remember the things you learned along the way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Johneshia New Castle, DE, United States 08-03-11
    Johneshia New Castle, DE, United States 08-03-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Love It! Listened twice!"

    This is such a great story! I really loved it! I can identify with the characters! Just a great story!

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