Me and the Blondes

Me and the Blondes

Book - 2006
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"How did your poor husband pass away?"
Make it simple, Mama, I tried to bore into her, simple, simple…
"His brains exploded."
 I heard a gasp. It was me.
"An aneurysm?"
"Okay," said Mama.
 "I'm sorry, hon," said Mrs. Haver. "At least it was fast."
 "It vas?" Mama looked puzzled. I nodded furiously at her. "Ya. It vas. Yours?"
"Heart attack."
"Oooo, dat's good too."
I could've killed her.

Sophie Kandinsky has spent the last six years trying to keep her crazy family life secret. The devil is in the details. The first detail is her larger-than-life, eccentric, Bulgarian mother. The slightly larger detail is the fact that her gentle, poet-father has been charged with murder. All Sophie wants is to be adored and invincible, which is really hard once people find out her father's in prison.

But this time, after yet another move to another new school, and another opportunity to wipe the slate clean, Sophie has devised a plan. On her first day of school, she will locate The Blondes--that clique of perfect, confident girls who are beyond gossip and reproach--and she will make them her friends. This time, no one will find out the truth. This time, everything will be brilliant.

Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Puffin Canada, c2006
ISBN: 9780143053071
Branch Call Number: FIC Toten
Characteristics: 222 p

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callmeprincess
Dec 03, 2013

Me and the Blondes is an YA fiction novel written by Teresa Toten. Witty protagonist? Check. Boy troubles? Check. Not so cliché popular girls? Check, check, and check! A moving chick-flick novel about a girl trying to hide her notorious family histories while fitting into the jungle hierarchy of high school.
Set up in a lighthearted atmosphere, in the 70s of Toronto. Sophie Kandinsky is transferring yet again to another school. Tired of running away and the rejection of others, Sophie comes up with a plan to make this year work. First, she will rewrite her past by "killing" off her alcoholic father currently in prison for committing murder. Second, she will make the most popular girls in the school her friends. With the help of her charming slightly off in the head Eastern European mother, and crazy eccentric Aunties, it's finally starting fresh for Sophie. As long as no one finds out about her prisoner dad.
This book is greatly influenced by the author herself
Me and the Blondes glimpses into the real world of high school, what it's like to be a fourteen years old girl, and the length one will go sometimes to be popular. All Sophie Kandinsky ever wants is to live an invincible life with glamorous friends, and possibly an envious older boyfriend. What starts out as climbing up the social pyramid results in a true friendship with the "Blondes" for a lifetime. The "Blondes", Madison, Kit, and Sarah themselves may look superficial at first glance, but as the plot complicates from Sophie's interactions with them, the readers will come to an understanding that they are all individual characters, and not just some two dimensional characters.
Teresa Toten paints a realistic picture of the world called high school. While poking fun at ridiculous teachers and chaotic public schools, she shows through the complexity of the storyline that life doesn't change much no matter the era or who you are. She writes with insight and compassion about the tough problems teens deal with every day. Whether it is bulimia, or depression, the novel shows that you are not alone in this. As the story progresses, Sophie learns that friends and families are what's important, and that it's okay to trust others. Making up lies is only going to hurt the people around you and yourself. To be able relay on people is one of the greatest gift of all time. Teresa Toten's overall message is: don't be scared to let go and move on, it is only from doing that that we are sent free and be able to achieve real happiness.
The novel's title Me and the Blonds refers to the story of Sophie and her involvement with the "Blondes", what is to come and expect. Since the book is written in first person narrative of Sophie, it's obvious that "me" in Me and the Blondes would be herself. Her voice is full of humor, intelligence, and grit, it is from her inner thoughts that makes her seem astonishingly together for a grade nine kid with a traumatic background. It is the sarcastic tone and the funny use of words that makes this book a masterpiece.
Sophie is one of those characters that will stay with you. Her journey is a hilarious, poignant, achingly moving example of the universe of adolescent. At a first look, Me and the Blondes may seem like you typical airhead book in a vibrant hot pink cover, but it has proven to be so much more.

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KadenceB
Feb 19, 2010

This book is great and also funny. Love the aunties! Inspire zem boobies

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dramaticat
Jan 25, 2010

The place: Toronto. The time: 1970's.

Enter one Sophie Kandinsky, witty master of secrets. Enter three Blondes, all bubbly, all fashion-conscious, and all apparently carefree. Now, enter Sophie's larger-than-life Mama, and Sophie's, Papa, a drunken poet. Enter three crazy Aunties, and a whole cast of classmates, friends, a love interest, and his clingy girlfriend.

Blonde books will never be the same.

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StarOwl thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Jul 28, 2010

redhotpepperz thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Feb 22, 2010

dramaticat thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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