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#3073776 in Books WestSide Books 2010-12-15Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 1.10 x 5.85 x 8.67l, 1.16 #File Name: 1934813443334 pages | File size: 25.Mb C. Lee McKenzie : The Princess of Las Pulgas before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised The Princess of Las Pulgas: 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. old life versus new lifeBy SharifCarlies father dies of cancer, and her life goes down the drain. Her mother cannot handle the finances, so the family has to move to Las Pulgas. From a posh school and beautiful home, they transition to an inner-city school and a cramped apartment where they hear the neighbors argue all the time through the thin walls.The students at Las Pulgas hold a deep distrust of Carlie, as she


does of them. They both have misconceptions of each other, to the point that there is violence in the hallways involving Carlie and her brother. Her mother is trying to make ends meet with a job and going to school. When a possible love interest moves into her mothers life, Carlie resists. She doesnt want interference from her mothers new friend. She doesnt want to deal with the aggressive girl, K.T, whom shes forced to work with during a dramatic production. She has her mind stuck on Channing, her old high school where a boy she likes attends, but a boy at Las Pulgas just might capture her attention.It was very interesting seeing the contrast of Carlies old and new life. It was also great to see how she adjusted in Las Pulgas, although she had to go through very trying times there. This is a wonderful YA story about building new lives, knocking down stereotypes, and handling the grieving process.1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. I Will Never Forget Carlie's StoryBy Lynn KelleyIt's hard enough for any teen to change high schools, but Carlie is forced to switch in the middle of her junior year after her father dies and the family loses their home by the sea, the home Carlie has grown up in. An old, deteriorating apartment in lower class Las Pulgas is the only thing they can afford. Carlie's brother Keith hates life now and makes lots of enemies at the new high school where the students are a rough bunch. The other kids have no idea that Carlie is withdrawn and not so friendly because she's still mourning her father, the one who seemed to hold the family together. As if being targeted as an uppity snob isn't bad enough, Keith's new enemies take out their anger on Carlie.Aside from living in fear, she's ashamed of her new digs and avoids letting her old friends know she's living in a dump. Her best friend is so caught up in her own social life, she's clueless about Carlie's plight. Carlie realizes she can't risk confiding in her so-called best friend.As Carlie's loneliness and problems continued to mount, I found myself drawn into her life and worried about her safety, grieved with her over the loss of her father and the loss of the life she once knew, and sympathized with the displaced feelings she constantly faced. I cheered her on when she showed strength and began to fight back and stand up for herself. The story unfolds beautifully, especially with some unexpected turns that left me feeling satisfied with the way it ends. I'll never forget Carlie's poignant story.0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Perfect in so many waysBy Melissa @ The Reader and the ChefIt's amazing how a book can pull you inside its story, make you feel as if you're going through the same path as the characters, and every feeling is as tough for you as it was for them. My heart suffered and recovered at Las Pulgas.After the death of her father, Carlie, her mother and brother, have to move out out of their perfect life at Channing and join the community of Las Pulgas, California. It's a terrible ordeal for her and she is struggling to come to terms with the fact that everything will never be the same in her life again. She is ashamed of where the rest of her family came to end up in after the shock of losing her father. Their "new" apartment is not a place you would call fit for living and what would her friends think about her living at such a run-down place? A complete nightmare that gets worse once she enters her new school and has to deal with tough attitudes and glares from everybody.To be honest, you have to be patient with Carlie throughout the whole story. Juan is right, she does act like a Princess from Channing, looking at her new classmates in Las Pulgas High as if they were the worst you can come across in the whole world, but it's because she is suffering and missing her father, that along with his death, her confidence was taken away too.Surprinsingly, my favorite character came to be K.T., who turned out to be a cool girl after all. At first I was afraid of her just like Carlie, but learning more about her made me understand her attitude and sense of humor. Just like they say, it does us no good to question someone without knowing their background, for everybody is battling a war of their own.I'm so glad to have come across with this very realistic story. It's clear that you really do have to look twice or thrice in everything that surrounds you. Things aren't what they really are and even in the toughest situations there will always be an opening where the light will break through.If life moves on, then so do you. After her father's slow death from cancer, Carlie thought things couldn't get worse. But now, she is forced to confront the fact that her family in dire financial straits. To stay afloat, her mom has had to sell their cherished oceanfront home and move Carlie and her younger brother Keith to the other side of the tracks to dreaded Las Pulgas, or "the fleas" in Spanish. They must now attend a tough urban high school instead of their former elite school, and on Carlie's first day of school, she runs afoul of edgy K.T., the Latina tattoo girl who's always ready for a fight, even on crutches. Carlie fends off the attention of Latino and African American teen boys, and one, a handsome seventeen-year-old named Juan, nicknames her Princess when he detects her aloof attitude towards her new classmates. What they don't know is that Carlie isn't really aloof; she's just in mourning for her father and almost everything else that mattered to her. Mr. Smith, the revered English teacher who engages all his students, suggests she'll like her new classmates if she just gives them a chance; he cajoles her into taking over the role of Desdemona in the junior class production of Othello, opposite Juan, after K.T. gets sidelined. Keith, who becomes angrier and more sullen by the day, spray paints insults all over the gym as he acts out his anger over the family's situation and reduced circumstances. Even their cat Quicken goes missing, sending Carlie and Keith on a search into the orchard next to their seedy garden apartment complex. They're met by a cowboy toting a rifle who ejects them at gunpoint from his property. But when Carlie finds him amiably having coffee with their mom the next day -- when he's returned her cat -- she begins to realize that nothing is what it seems in Las Pulgas.


"Small but glittering details illuminate the prose, and perfect turns of phrase keep the reader right next to Carlie as she struggles ('I wonder if you can be arrested for driving while sobbing?'). Full of heart and hope . . . a beautiful book." -L.K. Madigan, author of the 2010 Morris Award winner Flash BurnoutFrom the Back Cover"The Princess of Las Pulgas is a beautifully written, meaningful young adult novel. Carlie Edmund will jump off the page and pull you into a poignant and timely story of loss and ultimate gain. She'll take you into a world where stereotypes are shattered and truth is discovered deep beneath the surface." Francisco X. Stork, author of Marcelo in the Real World, a New York Times Notable Children's Book of 2009, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 209, and a 2010 YALSA Top

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