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The Careful Undressing of Love

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The girls of Devonairre Street have always been told they’re cursed. Any boy they love is certain to die too soon. But this is Brooklyn in 2008, and the curse is less a terror and more a lifestyle accessory—something funky and quaint that makes the girls from the shortest street in Brooklyn special. They wear their hair long and keys around their necks. People give them a second look and whisper “Devonairre” to their friends. But it’s not real. It won’t affect their futures.
 
Then Jack—their Jack, the one boy everyone loved—dies suddenly and violently. And now the curse seems not only real, but like the only thing that matters. All their bright futures have suddenly gone dark.
 
The Careful Undressing of Love is a disturbing and sensual story of the power of youth and the boundless mysteries of love set against the backdrop of Haydu’s brilliantly reimagined New York City.

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From Publishers Weekly

Oct 31, 2016 – Lorna's Brooklyn street is great everyone looks out for each other, especially in hard times. But it's also cursed: when a woman on Devonairre Street loves a man, he dies young. Lorna and her friends only half believe in this curse, even though all of their mothers are widows, but when Lorna's best friend Delilah's boyfriend is killed, they can't make light of it any longer. Haydu (Making Pretty) sets this story in a slightly counterfactual version of New York City, with Times Square as Ground Zero and a lingering focus on memorializing the victims and their families, rather than a retaliatory war. Lorna's father died in "the Bombing," as did the father of her friend and neighbor Cruz. She was 11, he was 12, and now nearly seven years later their friendship is starting to feel like love. There is a lot of dramatic potential, but it never fully pays off. Is the curse real? Can it be averted? By what sacrifices? Haydu offers no answers or resolution, and after a long buildup, the ending is both sudden and unsatisfying. Ages 14 up.

Customer Reviews

Loved it... but

I have to say, I could not put my phone down while reading this. This book was fantastic! It had great plot, great characters, and just... everything. But towards the end I feel like it was missing things. I wanted to know more, but- of course- I guess that is what the author intended. I felt like I skipped over parts of the story even though I hadn't. It really felt like something was missing. Overall, I enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to anyone!

The Careful Undressing of Love
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction
  • Published: Jan 31, 2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Seller: PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 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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