Carrie Pilby (Harlequin Teen) by Caren Lissner, Allyson Ryan, Harlequin Audio

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By Caren Lissner, Allyson Ryan, Harlequin Audio

Teenager Genius (and Hermit) Carrie Pilby's To-Do List:1. record 10 stuff you love (and DO THEM!)2. subscribe to a membership (and check with PEOPLE!)3. cross on a date (with anyone you certainly LIKE!)4. inform anyone you care (your therapist does not COUNT!)5. have fun New Year's (with different PEOPLE!)Seriously? Carrie might particularly remain in mattress than care for the immoral, sex-obsessed hypocrites who appear to overrun her place of origin, long island urban. She's unwell of attempting to be like each person else. She is not! but if her personal therapist supplies her a five-point plan to alter her social-outcast prestige, Carrie takes a difficult examine herself—and has the same opinion to try.Suddenly the realm does not appear so undesirable. yet is prodigy Carrie relatively going to dumb issues down simply to slot in?

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During the second and third classes, Harrison didn’t mention the essays we’d turned in. We dissected various modernist authors. One kid in the class, Brian Buchman, was the biggest kiss-up I’d met yet, and at Harvard that was quite an achievement. If he’d been sincere, I would have admired him, but he had a tone that was clearly false. Half of what he was spewing was stuff I’d learned in high school, but he made it seem like he was discovering nuclear energy. When the third class ended, and everyone was shoving their books into their natty black backpacks, Harrison called me up to his desk.

It’s an actual letter—rare these days, in our e-mail driven society. It’s in a fine white wove envelope, and my name and address are typed neatly in 10 pica that looks like it came from a typewriter and not a printer. It’s from the dean’s office at Harvard. I’ve finally gotten him to respond to my request, the rogue. Dear Carrie: Hope this finds you well and I am sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your letter. As always, I appreciate your concerns. However, as I mentioned during our conversation at your father’s function last year, I don’t see, as I didn’t see then, a need for an honors program at Harvard.

I told some more about myself, but finding something I disliked about myself was hard. I thought of the first quasi-modernist book I’d read, Dostoyevsky’s Notes from Underground, when I was nine and my French lesson had been canceled. The protagonist had to, it seemed, try and say every extreme thing that came into his head to see what happened. I didn’t have a similar quirk. I thought some more. What could I write about that would make a good modernist essay? I could invent something. Sometimes I feel…like a cockroach.

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