Rachel Cohn
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Rachel Cohn

The great wish of my adolescence was to be diagnosed with scoliosis. Then I would be like Deenie. I LOVED the book "Deenie" by Judy Blume. I wanted to look like Deenie; I wanted her disease; I even wanted to live in Deenie's town, Elizabeth, New Jersey, a short hop from my dream destination, New York City. Although now that I live in Manhattan as an adult (with a fairly normal spine, I'm told), Elizabeth, New Jersey is more known to me as the place with the long lines at IKEA instead of as the hometown of Deenie. Like Deenie, my priorities eventually shifted.
I never did get that scoliosis diagnosis, but from my favorite childhood authors such as Judy Blume, E.L. Konigsburg and Ellen Conford, I did get inspiration for another goal: to write. I can't remember a time when I wasn't trying to create stories. When I started seriously writing fiction, I didn't set out to write specifically for young adults, but as my writing matured, it became clear that when I got stuck writing in teen voices, it was a good place to be stuck. The author question I get asked most often now is how I am able to write from the perspective of a teenager, as if I were in that character's head. The honest answer is, I don't know. I try not to think about it too much, for fear of ruining it. But I do feel like I can readily channel my own teenage self and tap into those feelings, and that's something I try to convey through the written word.
When teen readers write to me now telling me how much they relate to characters I've created -- Cyd Charisse in "Gingerbread" and "Shrimp," Annabel and Lucy in "The Steps" and "Two Steps Forward," or Wonder in "Pop Princess" -- I think, I relate, too: I wanted to be Deenie!

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    • Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

    • By: Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
    • Narrated by: Emily Janice Card, Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 222
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166
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    Nick frequents New York's indie rock scene nursing a broken heart. Norah is questioning all of her assumptions about the world....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Listen!

    • By John Bonkowski on 02-16-09

    Regular price: $25.20

    • Gingerbread

    • By: Rachel Cohn
    • Narrated by: Carine Montbertrand
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    After being expelled from boarding school, teenaged Cyd Charisse is coping with her life circumstances as best she can....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great story, meh narration

    • By Destinee on 08-21-15

    Regular price: $20.95

    • Shrimp

    • By: Rachel Cohn
    • Narrated by: Carine Montbertrand
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Rachel Cohn delivers an irresistible sequel to her extremely popular debut novel, Gingerbread....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Author's first name is misspelled

    • By kuaikuai on 11-03-12

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

    • By: Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
    • Narrated by: Ryan Gesell, Tara Sands
    • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 199
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 169
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 165

    Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares.....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Missed the Mark

    • By Arwen on 07-04-11

    Regular price: $29.27

    • The Steps

    • By: Rachel Cohn
    • Narrated by: Caitlin Greer
    • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Annabel is not pleased about traveling around the world to meet her stepbrothers and stepsister, but she's not going to waste this chance to steal her father back....

    Regular price: $14.60

    • The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily

    • By: Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
    • Narrated by: Tara Sands, Ryan Gesell
    • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 39

    Dash and Lily have had a tough year since listeners first watched the couple fall in love. Lily's beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing Romance Book!

    • By Hollyn on 04-27-18

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List

    • By: Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
    • Narrated by: David Levithan 
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    Noami and Ely are best friends. Naomi loves and is in love with Ely, and Ely loves Naomi, but prefers to be in love with boys....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • See The Bigger Picture

    • By Doha on 03-09-16

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah

    • By: Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
    • Narrated by: Michael Crouch, Sophie Amoss
    • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 8

    Siblings Sam and Ilsa Kehlmann have spent most of their high school years throwing parties for their friends - and now they've prepared their final blowout, just before graduation....

    Regular price: $25.20

    • Pop Princess

    • By: Rachel Cohn
    • Narrated by: Christy Carlson Romano
    • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Fifteen-year-old Wonder Blake and her family are trying to recover from the death of Wonder's older sister Lucky, who was about to sign a major record deal when she died....

    Regular price: $15.93

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