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32 Candles

A Novel

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“32 cheers for Ernessa T. Carter! She’s created one of the freshest, funniest characters I’ve ever read….32 Candles is a charmer.”
—Carleen Brice, author of Orange Mint and Honey

32 Candles by exciting newcomer Ernessa T. Carter is the slightly twisted, utterly romantic, and deftly wry story of Davie Jones, who, if she doesn’t stand in her own way, just might get the man of her dreams.  For fans of John Hughes’s “Sixteen Candles”, 32 Candles is a fresh and fun fiction debut for every fan of romantic comedy.

From Publishers Weekly

May 10, 2010 – This debut novel of longing for family, love, and acceptance finds some interesting territory before settling too early into inevitability. Davidia Jones, a nerdy child of poverty, is abused by her alcoholic mother and despicable father and is the subject of merciless taunting at her high school. But it's the "Molly Ringwald Ending" that guides this fragile 15-year-old when she bolts town with a lesbian trucker named Mama Jane and lands a gig as a '40s-style chanteuse in L.A. With a little Hollywood stardust, she redefines herself and begins living the life she's dreamed of until James, the rich golden boy she had a crush on back home, walks into her nightclub. Not knowing their connected past, James promptly goes gaga for the overhauled Davie, whose need for sweet revenge adds a welcome dark edge to an otherwise predictable trajectory toward self-empowerment. New Agey embellishments (an "atonement list") seem like a misstep for a spirited heroine stuck in a middling narrative.

Customer Reviews

Smart, real, and funny!

A great new novel from a great new writer. If you like personal stories of triumph over adversity, funny writing, and creative perspectives, you will love 32 Candles.

Fun read

Great book! The characters are engaging and keep you laughing, crying, and Cheering for them. I liked the foreshadowing, and even with that I still didn't see many of the events happening. Loved it!

The Best Book I've Read This Year!

Davie, the main character, is an incredibly complex character. There are moments when I wanted to hug her and others when I wanted to slap her! But throughout the book I found myself all wrapped up in her story and unable to put the book down. Author Ernessa T. Carter makes you laugh, scream and cry...sometimes all at once! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend you pick it up and guarantee you won't regret it!

32 Candles
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  • $8.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Jun 22, 2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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