The Resource Grit, Gillian French

Grit, Gillian French

Label
Grit
Title
Grit
Statement of responsibility
Gillian French
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"It's summer in rural Maine; when 17-year-old Darcy Prentiss isn't raking berries with her sister during the day, she's drinking and swimming with the boys in the quarry at night. But the fun is what's been keeping Darcy's mind off the disturbing secret she shares with Nell; the disappearance of her ex-best friend; and that hazy Fourth of July party that ended with Darcy drunk, flat on her back, and wondering how she let it get this far. Everything she has been trying to keep down comes bubbling to the surface when she is nominated to be Bay Festival Princess
Pace
Tone
Award
Lupine Award (Maine) for Juvenile/Young Adult, 2017
Review
  • Grades 9-12 /* Starred Review */ Feisty Darcy Prentiss is drawn to wild times. She’ll grab at any kind of dare, chug any kind of liquor, and kiss any kind of boy just to alleviate the tedium of small-town life. The summer before her senior year, Darcy joins her sister, Mags, and her cousin, Nell, raking blueberries on a local farm. There’s plenty of tension in the air, as Darcy keeps an eye on her nemesis, Shea Gaines. Only Darcy and Shea know what actually went down between them, and Darcy’s not telling. Then there’s renewed interest in Darcy’s ex–best friend, Rhiannon, missing without a trace since the summer before. Is Darcy keeping mute on something she knows about this as well? And there’s something else Darcy is hiding to protect Nell, who is beautiful but simple-minded. Any of these secrets could explode and rip Darcy’s life apart, but debut novelist French reveals them slowly, stretching the suspense to the very end. French sets the story in a palpably stifling small town, and her unapologetic main character is resplendent with her untamed sharp tongue, an overdose of stubborn courage, and a taste for hot sex. Keen plotting, evocative writing, and dynamic characterization make French a writer to watch. -- Colson, Diane (Reviewed 4/15/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 16, p50)
  • Gr 9 Up—Darcy is a raker—she harvests blueberries at the Wardwell Farm alongside migrant farmworkers in Sansoa, ME. It's not true that nothing ever happens in a small town: in this one, "MISSING" posters depicting Darcy's friend Rhiannon hang from every telephone pole on Main Street, and Darcy's cousin Nell thinks she has fallen in love with a teacher, which no one but Darcy knows about. Lacking the means to leave, the teen falls into risky behavior—excessive drinking and hooking up—with the wild Kat; when love interest Jesse pulls her away from that crowd, Darcy doesn't understand why the first thing on his mind is not sex. He's a good guy, and Darcy's mother, Sarah, is also first-rate. She remembers being wild herself and what it cost their family: Darcy's father fell off a high beam to his death before he was 40 because he couldn't resist a dare. Sarah is a good parent and a refreshing change from the stereotypical "bad" mother of a "bad" kid. Rhiannon's disappearance is a mystery: Did she run away a year ago because she, too, wanted to get out of Sansoa, or is she dead? The town thinks the latter, and the protagonist doesn't know for sure, but readers of this excellent teen drama will find out a thing or two before deciding for themselves. This page-turner will hold the interest of mystery fans. VERDICT A strong choice for most collections.—Georgia Christgau, Middle College High School, Long Island City, NY --Georgia Christgau (Reviewed 05/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 05, p103)
  • In small-town Sasanoa, Maine, everyone knows that 17-year-old Darcy Prentiss has a reputation for being easy, that her cousin Nell is beautiful and a little slow, and that a person can make decent money raking blueberries. And although no one knows what happened the previous summer when a girl disappeared, that doesn’t stop the speculation. Some blame migrant workers who help with the berry harvest, and a local cop thinks Darcy knows something: she was once best friends with the missing girl. There is a lot of plot in French’s debut: a creep Darcy hooked up with is harassing her, she’s being romanced by one of his friends, she and Nell are keeping a secret, and there’s the upcoming Bay Festival Princess pageant that Nell dreams of winning. While the mechanics of the story—secrets and lies, an angry girl who turns out to be loyally doing her best—initially feel overfamiliar, Darcy, her family, and the Maine setting come alive, and the ending lands an effective punch as seemingly disparate threads join up. Ages 14–up. Agent: Alice Tasman, Jean V. Naggar Literary. (May) --Staff (Reviewed 05/15/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 20, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A girl with a reputation grapples with the secrets of last summer.The summer before her senior year, white teen Darcy Prentiss, her sister Mags, and their cognitively disabled cousin Nell harvest blueberries alongside the seasonal Latino migrants in the eastern Maine heat, working hard to save money. But trouble keeps finding Darcy; she has a reputation, and she's used to rumors swirling around her. It's not just rumors about boys, although a white boy named Shea needles endlessly about a mistake she made with him last Fourth of July—there's also Rhiannon, her ex-friend, who went missing last summer. A police officer starts coming around, suspicious of Darcy's every move. Though Darcy doesn't know what happened to Rhiannon, she harbors a different secret about the night the girl went missing, one that could tear apart her family if it got out. Darcy juggles her self-appointed task of defending her cousin, the watchful eye of the law, and Shea's escalating harassment, all while falling for a fellow white blueberry harvester and begrudgingly participating in the town's Bay Festival pageant. She's tough and a fierce protector of what she holds dear, but something has to give. Small-town claustrophobia makes it difficult to define who she is for herself, but rumors, secrets, and even trauma are no match for Darcy's grit. The mysteries of the previous summer weave together beautifully, and the fallout is achingly real. Gorgeously written and helmed by a protagonist with an indelibly fierce heart. (Fiction. 14-18)(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2017)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10563888
Cataloging source
TOH
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
French, Gillian
Index
no index present
Intended audience
HL780L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Secrecy
  • Secrecy
  • Summer
  • Missing persons
  • Reputation
  • High school students
  • Teacher-student relationships
  • Young adult fiction
  • Secrets
  • Cousins
  • City and town life
  • Maine
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Grit, Gillian French
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1796633
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
294 pages
Isbn
9780062642554
Lccn
2017288834
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062642554
  • (OCoLC)985005973
Label
Grit, Gillian French
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1796633
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
294 pages
Isbn
9780062642554
Lccn
2017288834
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062642554
  • (OCoLC)985005973

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