This Is All

This Is All

The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn

Book - 2006
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From the winner of the Michael L. Printz Award and the Carnegie Medal, a work of astonishing intimacy and depth Using a pillow book as her form, nineteen-year-old Cordelia Kenn sets out to write out her life for her unborn daughter. What emerges is a portrait of an extraordinary girl, who writes frankly of love, sex, poetry, nature, faith, and of herself in the world. Her thoughts range widely: on Shakespeare and breasts, periods and piano playing, friendship and trees, consciousness and sleep, and much more besides. As she writes of William Blacklin, the boy she chooses as her first lover, or Julie, the teacher who encourages her spiritual life, Cordelia maddens, fascinates, and ultimately seduces the reader. This is a character never to be forgotten from a writer at the height of his powers.
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9780810970601
Characteristics: 808 p. ; 23 cm.


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Jul 10, 2012

I have read this book a total of 5 times. I have to say it is one of my favorites of all time, and has really changed my perspective on the world. The first time I saw this book, I found it to be boring and tiresome, but after slogging through the first 100 pages, Cordelia Kenn (the main character) began to grow on me. In fact, I wouldn't mind being best friends with her, although some of her weirdness is a bit over the top. Perhaps the strangest thing is that this book is written by a guy, but is so intimate, covering all the aspects of being a girl. That aside, I recommend this book to anyone who'd be willing to overcome the books strangeness (mountains worth of it) to find is beautiful, still-beating heart.


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