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The Tracey Fragments by Maureen Medved

The Tracey Fragments (1998)

by Maureen Medved

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My name is Tracey Berkowitz. Fifteen. Just a normal girl who hates herself.
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I'm so happy. Have an amazing life. Now I'm going to scratch my eyes out.
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Naked under a tattered shower curtain, Tracey has been sitting in the back of a city bus for two days. It's winter; there's a blizzard outside; she's searching for her little brother Sonny, who thinks he's a dog. Tracey hands out sharp-edged fragments of her story, piece by piece, in an order that makes sense only in her stricken mind. She confesses her hopes and fantasies, as well as the grief and horror of a fractured home, unreliable parents, cruel classmates, and the lost sibling she desperately needs to find.
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Naked under a tattered shower curtain, 15-year-old Tracey Berkowitz has been sitting on a bus for two days, telling her story and looking for her brother, Sonny, who thinks he’s a dog. She confesses her hopes and fantasies, as well as the grief and horror of a hardscrabble life. As time passes, Tracey’s stories begin to twist the truth and entwine it with lies, at once captivating and unsettling the reader. As an unforgettable portrait of a teenager on the verge of imploding, The Tracey Fragments has been compared to The Catcher in the Rye with a style similar to that of Go Ask Alice. Maureen Medved's first novel is a raw, moving account full of twists and turns, fear and uncertainty, trust and betrayal.

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A surrealistic novel on a mentally unbalanced teenage girl. At 15, already raped once, Tracey lives in a dream world, imagining the rapist as her prince charming. She hates her parents, but loves her little brother. A study in character.

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