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  • Marlena

  • A Novel
  • By: Julie Buntin
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
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  • Story
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Everything about 15-year-old Cat's new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat, inexperienced and desperate for connection, is quickly lured into Marlena's orbit by little more than an arched eyebrow and a shake of white-blond hair. As the two girls turn the untamed landscape of their desolate small town into a kind of playground, Cat catalogues a litany of firsts - first drink, first cigarette, first kiss - while Marlena's habits harden and calcify.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brilliant, Agonizing Portrait of a Young Woman

  • By Sudi on 06-06-17

Sounds like poems

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Reviewed: 04-13-18

I am not a typically a lover of poems. But while listening to this book, I repeatedly felt like the words were so well placed that it sounded poetic. This is a book that you will keep thinking about long after you've finished.