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Review: The Girls from Corona del Mar

September 18, 2014

The Girls from Corona del Mar

Mia and Lorrie Ann grow up as best friends.  Mia’s mother drinks too much and leaves Mia to care for her brothers much of the time.  She finds herself pregnant while she’s still in high school and it’s Lorrie Ann she turns to for help and support.  Lorrie Ann comes from a good, solid family and seems to have it all.

The girls drift apart as they got older, always keeping in touch. When tragedy strikes Lorrie Ann she shows up on Mia’s doorstep.  Mia’s attempts to help her old friend fail, making her wonder if she ever really knew her.

If I had been so blinded by the idea of Lorrie Ann that I failed to see who she actually was, I had been just as blinded by who I thought I was.

The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe is a fascinating look into the love and loyalty of friendship.  Told from Mia’s point of view, it’s gritty, compelling, and thought provoking and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I thought Mia and Lorrie Ann were great characters.  Lorrie Ann is practically perfect as they’re growing up and Mia is more of a typical kid.  Still, they are best friends and, as such, they’re loyal to each other.  When they reconnect as adults, Mia can’t understand some of the decisions Lorrie Ann has made, making her wonder just how well she really knew her to start with.  Even though things have changed, she struggles to let go of their connection because it helps define her place in the world.

I felt a lot of emotions as I read this book and thought a lot about my own friendships so I think this would make a great book club selection.

The audio version of The Girls from Corona del Mar is narrated by Rebecca Lowman.  She does a terrific job and kept me engaged throughout.  The audio version is on 8 CDs and last approximately nine and a half hours.

Listen to a sample:


Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
24 Comments leave one →
  1. September 18, 2014 4:57 am

    I like when the story has strong characters.

  2. September 18, 2014 7:38 am

    I agree that books about women’s friendships make especially good book club selections!

  3. September 18, 2014 7:51 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for your review.

  4. September 18, 2014 8:00 am

    This is on my wish list, but think I’ll add it to the audio list instead. I’m loving Rebecca Lowman’s narration in Eleanor & Park now!

  5. September 18, 2014 9:43 am

    This one sounds right up my alley.

  6. Beth Hoffman permalink
    September 18, 2014 10:00 am

    You know how much I love character driven fiction! Will check this one out. Thanks, Kathy.

  7. September 18, 2014 10:30 am

    Sounds like a winner to me! I checked to see if my library has it on audio but they only have it in print. I’ve added it to my library “Want To Read” list!

  8. September 18, 2014 10:49 am

    I love books about friendships and this one sound perfect for me. I’m glad you posted about it, because now I’m adding it to my TBR list 🙂 I love when books inspire you to reflect on your own relationships, life, career, etc. Great post!

  9. September 18, 2014 11:06 am

    So glad you liked this one. I actually have it on my Kindle and hope to work it in soon. Girls can be such loyal friends when young but I find it difficult to have women friends now. Seems to be too much of a challenge unless our kids are involved in the same activities. No time!

  10. September 18, 2014 11:38 am

    I don’t “do” audio books, but will look for this in print or e-book. I like the strong characters aspect of it and I believe I would enjoy it.

  11. September 18, 2014 1:06 pm

    This sounds excellent, Kathy! I enjoy books about friendships. Terrific review!

  12. September 18, 2014 2:49 pm

    I admit I do not naturally gravitate towards books about friendship. This does sound good though.

  13. September 18, 2014 2:52 pm

    I am drawn to novels about friend/friendships. I will look for this one on audio as I love Rebecca Lowman.

  14. September 18, 2014 4:21 pm

    Sounds like another good one. My mom and I love sharing these kinds of books.

  15. Patty permalink
    September 18, 2014 7:19 pm

    I loved this one…

  16. September 19, 2014 3:58 am

    Sounds like an interesting study of friendships!

  17. September 19, 2014 7:17 am

    I liked the audio as well Kathy.

  18. September 19, 2014 10:22 am

    I have this audio on my wish list- Lowman is one of my favorites and the premise sounds great. Glad to hear it’s a worthwhile listen!

  19. September 20, 2014 10:08 pm

    The Girls from Corona del Mar sounds like a good one, thanks for the audio clip too.

  20. September 22, 2014 9:28 am

    I have this in audio too. Must get to it soon, sounds like one I will enjoy.

  21. September 22, 2014 7:44 pm

    Sounds like a good one to read.

  22. September 25, 2014 9:29 pm

    This looks like a great read! Off to add it to my list…

  23. bookingmama permalink
    September 26, 2014 7:52 am

    This one does look good! I have to admit that it wasn’t really on my radar until your review.

  24. swright9 permalink
    September 28, 2014 7:03 pm

    Yes. I want to check this one out. Sounds intriguing. thanks for the word.

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