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Jessica Anya Blau

Author of Mary Jane

6 Works 1,069 Members 75 Reviews 2 Favorited

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Includes the name: jESSICA A. BLAU

Works by Jessica Anya Blau

Mary Jane (2021) 622 copies, 40 reviews
The Summer of Naked Swim Parties (2008) 190 copies, 10 reviews
Drinking Closer to Home (2011) 111 copies, 11 reviews
The Wonder Bread Summer (2013) 87 copies, 11 reviews
The Trouble with Lexie (2016) 57 copies, 2 reviews

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Birthdate
20th century
Gender
female
Country (for map)
USA
Birthplace
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Places of residence
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Mary Jane is 14 in 1975 and is the child of old school parents who behave like they are in the 50s. The Dad is a grouch who never talks and the Mom does nothing but cook and clean and scowl at people who aren’t like them. They are a stereotypical “nice family” who are really uptight bigots.

She gets a job as a summer Nanny for a neighbor family who is scandalous in every way because they are young, messy, Jewish, pot smokers who are harboring two super famous people while one does intensive therapy for his drug addiction.

Mary Jane learns a lot about people over her summer with the hippies and opens her eye to the world outside her own living room.





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hmonkeyreads | 39 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |
What a great coming of age novel that shows us just how far society has come. Mary Jane is far older than her years and makes in my opinion really realistic decisions as she navigates the world outside her 70s suburbia
 
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hellokirsti | 39 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
When you want to OD on 70s nostalgia, this is the book (she had me at the description of sitting by the stereo listening to the soundtrack from Pippin). Very charming and heart-warming
 
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mmcrawford | 39 other reviews | Dec 5, 2023 |
Hmm. Not really sure what I felt about this book. The story is about a dysfunctional family and the return of the adult children to the fold after the illness of their mother.
The characters were well-drawn, and I did finish the book, but there wasn't a soul in it that I liked. The family itself seems dysfunctional past the point of reality, but I suppose social services were less intrusive at the time of the young family.
Some of the language was just icky. The whole family refer to affairs as "stinky"s which I think is just odd and awful, and overall there seems to be no point in any of the familial writhing. I just don't care!
That said, I finished the book, so the writing must have something to recommend it, but this is not a funny book unless you enjoy laughing at really unpleasant people sitting about thinking about themselves.
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Dabble58 | 10 other reviews | Nov 11, 2023 |

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Works
6
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Popularity
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Rating
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Reviews
75
ISBNs
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Favorited
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