Maya's Notebook

Maya's Notebook

A Novel

Book - 2013
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After the death of her beloved grandfather, nineteen-year-old Maya Vidal, turning to drugs, alcohol, and petty crimes, becomes trapped in a war between assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol, until her grandmother helps her escape to the remote island of Chiloé, off coast of Chile where she tries to make sense of her life. Maya, a young American on the run records in her diary her adjustment to a new country, her drug problems, her romantic life, and other developments.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062105622
0062105620
Branch Call Number: ALLENDE I
Allende, I
Characteristics: 387 p. ; 24 cm

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peacebenow
Sep 14, 2017

I enjoyed this books about Maya's life through early adulthood. There are many twists and turns as she searches for her truth and identity in the US and Chile. I always find Allende's writing wonderful to read. Perhaps this book is not my favorite of this author but it is enjoyable, sad and enlightening.

DBRL_IdaF Sep 13, 2017

There's one specific reason I gave this three and a half stars, rather than four. It's due to the one spot in the story where the narrator says "in the kind of coincidence that usually only happens in novels." No, just no.

That peeve out of the way, I enjoyed the book quite a lot. Maya is a 20-year-old California girl who has gone to a rural island town in Chile to stay with a friend of her grandmother. She's there to escape from an organized crime ring and her own addictions. In her notebook, she chronicles her life on the island, and her memories of how she ended up there. During her stay, she learns more about the lives of her grandparents during the political upheavals of 1970s Chile.

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adb122247
Oct 19, 2016

beautiful writing of young woman's personal growth in chile

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Eil_1
Jul 30, 2016

I enjoyed this book very much.

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LadyDi52
Mar 02, 2016

A complex story that weaves the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile and Berkley activists of the 60's and 70's into a present day cliff-hanger told in the voice of a drug addicted teenage girl

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Wong_Anne
Jun 09, 2015

Allende's character development is always so fine and this novel is no exception. Chile's brutal history is introduced in parallel with a young girl's decent into self-destruction in the present. The resurrection of the country and Maya's maturation as she learns of her family's past are seamlessly interwoven. I love a novel that draws in the reader and this is one of them.

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sarahblock
Jan 27, 2015

SUCH a good book.

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tocch101
Sep 28, 2014

A good read that transcends so many different stereotypes and new ideas. Very chilean.

gracindaisy Jun 22, 2014

Allende’s best to date! Maya, a teenage girl, turns to drugs & alcohol after her beloved grandfather’s death. Hunted by the FBI, Interpol and Las Vegas assassins, Maya escapes to a remote island in Chile with the help of her grandmother, where she begins to put her life back together. Couldn’t put it down; lived in Chile!

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jescar82
Jun 21, 2014

I first heard of this book and author on NPR (National Public Radio) This book has it all - history, romance and mystery. I would recommend it!

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Dejanire Jul 31, 2013

Dejanire thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 17 and 99

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JCLLeeAnnB Jun 13, 2013

"You're going to have time to get bored, Maya. Take advantage of it to write down the monumental stupidities you've committed, see if you can come to grips with them"

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