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Genre Fiction
  • Author:
    Pete Fromm
  • ISBN:
    0312307764
  • ISBN13:
    978-0312307769
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  • Publisher:
    Picador; First edition (November 1, 2004)
  • Pages:
    416 pages
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    Genre Fiction
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As Cool As I Am by Pete Fromm; (2 1/2 ) At first I thought I would really like this coming of age book.

As Cool As I Am by Pete Fromm; (2 1/2 ) At first I thought I would really like this coming of age book. I usually quite enjoy them. The story teller, a girl who goes from 14 to 16 throughout the. Pete Fromm has won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award a record four times, most recently for As Cool As I Am. His previous works include Night Swimming, How All This Started, and Indian Creek Chronicles. He lives with his family in Great Falls, Montana. Библиографические данные. As Cool As I Am: A Novel.

This book is my baby and I will cherish it forever Pete Fromm tells the story with such unwavering spirit and sincerity, that the reader often . As cool as I am. Alternative titles. Original publication date.

This book is my baby and I will cherish it forever. I heard about this book after I watched the movie (please go check it out, it's amazing!) and I honestly don't regret a thing. The book is about a girl whose parents had her at a young age and are not mature enough.

As Cool As I Am takes me back to growing up in north-central Montana and the time warp that is Great Falls. Pete Fromm's fiction and nonfiction have won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association's Book of the Year award an impressive four times. I've walked around those neighborhoods, and I knew those kids, Lucy and Kenny. Screwed up, bored, rebellious, and full of hormones. His past works include Night Swimming, How All This Started, and Indian Creek Chronicles. He has also published more than 100 short stories, and is on the faculty of Pacific University's MFA writing program.

As Cool As I Am book. 0312307764 (ISBN13: 9780312307769). Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award (2004).

As Cool As I Am. A Novel. Fromm creates an engrossing coming-of-age saga that cuts to the essence and shines. Fromm's voice-on loan to Lucy-is provocative, gritty, erotic, hilarious and genuine, and this book is a fresh breath of teen spirit. Ron Franscell, San Francisco Chronicle. (2003) A novel by Pete Fromm. As a teenager pretty much left to raise herself, Lucy Diamond is a narrator with a radiant yet guarded heart. As she races at breakneck pace toward womanhood, everything is at stake for her, producing an urgency and dread that she holds at bay with humor and grace. But while Lucy charges ahead, her mother's youth is fading.

As Cool as I Am is an American comedy-drama film directed by Max Mayer. It is based on the novel of the same name by Pete Fromm. Claire Danes, Sarah Bolger and James Marsden star as the Diamond family. Filming on the adaptation began in New Mexico in May 2011. The film was released in the United States on June 21, 2013 by IFC Films.

In As Cool As I Am, Pete Fromm writes like he is a sullen female teenager .

In As Cool As I Am, Pete Fromm writes like he is a sullen female teenager, sent to her room after an argument, who picks up the pen and details parts of her life so that someone can see just the type of injustices she have to deal with at home. In a way, anyone who survives the harsh teen years is that person, but Fromm does it a little differently than expected. Lucy is the narrator of the novel, a tomboy who balances life as well as she balances on the highest jungle gym bars. Lucy grows older in the book, and surprisingly enough Fromm follows her through the next few years of her life. For a man, he has an uncanny ability to sense a teenage girl’s wishes and thoughts.

As Cool as I Am is a 2003 coming of age novel by American author Pete Fromm. The protagonist and narrator is Lucy, a self-confessed tomboy who is considered "one of the guys" with her masculine haircut and attitude

As Cool as I Am is a 2003 coming of age novel by American author Pete Fromm. The protagonist and narrator is Lucy, a self-confessed tomboy who is considered "one of the guys" with her masculine haircut and attitude. She gets on well with her father but is frequently separated from him for months on end when he works in Canada. Her relationship with her mother is easygoing, provided she keeps the house tidy.

Just when "chick-lit" seems to have probed every female niche, Pete Fromm - a guy - comes along with one of the more startlingly beautiful and evocative tales of young womanhood in "As Cool As I A. Lucy Diamond's father is a wise-cracking lumberjack who says dumb things like "sharp a. . Lucy Diamond's father is a wise-cracking lumberjack who says dumb things like "sharp as a bowling ball" and adios, amoebas!" and sends home lewd postcards from his job in a distant Canadian forest. He comes home to Great Falls, Mont. only a few times a year, and only for a few lusty days. And always, he buzz-cuts Lucy's hair.

As a teenager pretty much left to raise herself, Lucy Diamond is a narrator with a radiant yet guarded heart. As she races at breakneck pace toward womanhood, everything is at stake for her, producing an urgency and dread that she holds at bay with humor and grace. But while Lucy charges ahead, her mother's youth is fading. Simultaneously embracing and resisting their similarities, Fromm reveals both women's emotional vulnerabilities and their deep mutual need. Conveyed through dialogue that is both laugh-aloud-funny and true, Lucy stands out in contemporary literature for her large heart and inimitable grit.


Wooden Purple Romeo
Gritty tale about teen life MT, or any small rural town with convincing detail to build context and character. Pete fleshes out themes from a dysfunctional family glimpsed in his short stories as the lead character finds her own path. Maybe too racy to recommend to teen readers.
Sorryyy
It's teen dissatisfaction and the worst parents you have ever seen (considering that the parents are present-sort of-and do care about the teen) and yet, it's kind of funny. There is some good description and good dialogue, and some funny linguistic twists. It's another book where apparently, women just know ten times as much about living life as men do, and this particular book has a 14-15 year old girl at its center. She's beautiful but doesn't seem to know/believe it, and despite not valuing her developing beauty, she adopts it as her main asset before long. There is a small variety of young males who can't resist the main character, and can't really navigate the horrors of their small town teen years without her. There is the usual cadre of evil teen jocks, privileged beyond reason, mean high school girls, and pathetic neighbors and strangers attracted to the teen's mom, who is sixteen years older than the main character. There is some redemption and some escape here, and Pete Fromm is a good writer. Great Falls, the main location, takes a beating, and it's little wonder that escape seems so attractive.
Jarortr
This novel made me sad throughout, but I could not stop reading it. Not life as I have ever known.
Ziena
I thought that this book was excellent and I congratulate the author on a job extremely well done. Lucy is a fascinating and memorable character, as is the entire story. I recommend it strongly.
Rgia
I loved this book! It was hard to get into, but it was a well written book. The characters felt SO real like I knew them! I recommanded to anyone who wants a good read. WARNING only for 14 and up!
Oparae
The book is supposed to take place in the early 2000s, but these teenagers have no cell phones or computers or Internet and the family drives a Corvair and they say things that were clichéd in the 60s (when Fromm grew up). The female characters are obsessed with sex, which isn't necessarily bad but they never have a thought of anything else. They have no other interests, no ideas, no activities other than cooking, cleaning, and, did I mention, sex? These women wise-crack so we're supposed to think they're smart, but they don't demonstrate an ounce of emotional or academic smarts in any other way. And mother and daughter have no friendships, no non-nuclear family relationships, even though they've lived in the same place forever. Where are the grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends? Who can believe this? Fromm has reduced these women to stereotypes of women from the early 60s.
Chi
In the Missoula Airport I found a nice selection of novels by Montana authors, and felt obliged to buy one rather than a glossy magazine or a bag of salted peanuts. I picked this up, as I'd heard about Pete Fromm, a record four-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. Soon I met his protagonist, Lucy Diamond, a witty, sharp-tongued teenager who misses her logger father (who's off in the woods of Canada) and resents her sexy, philandering mother. Like a tsunami, the story powered through me, understated in the beginning but made of great momentum as it came rushing toward and end that I found devastatingly real and unvarnished, yet also inspiring. I never missed the salted peanuts. Bravo Pete Fromm.
I have to admit an unfair prejudice against overtly sexual works by grown men written from the viewpoint of young women. I'll read the reverse (i.e. The Way I Found Her by Rose Tremain) without a peep, but when a man does it, I am hypercritical and suspicious. I'm not saying it can't be done, and done well, I'm just saying I stand there as a judgmental jury of one, waiting for the writer to get it wrong.

As Cool As I Am is almost entirely about sex. And it's told entirely from the viewpoint of Lucy Diamond, a sarcastic fifteen year-old in Montana. As the story begins, she's androgynous, tall and flatchested ("all the figure of a snake") with a shaved head and a predilection for hanging out on the monkey bars with her best friend, a short kid with a strong sense of humor and a stronger sense of honor named Kenny. But the snake is in the garden, and it's this developing body of Lucy's.

Lucy's coming of age is hilarious, fumbling, fevered, realistic and endearing. It happens against the backdrop of her parents' marriage, an arrangement in which her father is gone for months on end, returning home now and then to subdue her voluptuous mother from one end of the house to the other. It's a heated atmosphere--all three members of the family are funny, libidinous, and absolutely clueless about how to put a family together. They do the best they can, but it leaves Lucy with far too much time on her hands to continue her sexual explorations with boys. Her mother has secrets of her own, and they are drawn into unwilling collusion to keep the balance so each can have what she wants. And that, apparently, is sex.

As I said, I should probably hate this book because of my unfair prejudices against the idea of a man writing from inside women's lives like this. But Fromm does it well. I adored Lucy, Kenny, Lucy's parents, and found the other characters sweetly drawn, especially Tim. Tim really broke my heart. Ah, the boys of my youth.

But there's an important subplot that doesn't really ring true to me. Whether it's fair, sexist, outdated or wrong, the fact remains that much of a woman's personal power is derived from her sense of her own sexual attractiveness. As Lucy develops into a young woman of staggering physical beauty, her mother faces the fading of her own looks because I guess at thirty-three she's withering on the vine. It's necessary to how the plot develops, but I didn't buy it, even though Lucy herself gets visual confirmation of the erosions of gravity on her mother's body. A woman like Lainee Diamond is just coming into her own at thirty-three.

I wish the truth of one of her father's allegations had been explored or revelaed, but I liked the ending. I think the word "farfetched"appears in other reviews here, and I have to agree. But the farfetched aspects of Lucy Diamond's story keep it interesting and fun to read. I literally could not put this one down until I finished it. Just be warned, the story, like Lucy, is very funny and very sexual and very sad. If you like that in a main character, you'll probably love this book.