Chappaqua: A Novel
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What happens when the person that everyone depends on needs someone to depend on?.... Standing on the threshold of senior year, Katie Fitzpatrick has it all. Excellent grades. Great friends. Good looks. She's the go-to girl and a star athlete at one of the nation's top high schools in America's dream town. In a place where money flows, life is ideal and no one is ever troubled, Katie is a shining star streaking through the sky.... Unfortunately, age seventeen is a bad time to discover that fairy tales have dark underbellies. When a single event pierces the illusion of perfection, Katie finds herself in unfamiliar waters. Floating alone, her troubles multiplying, she searches for solutions, only to find that when you're the perfect girl in the perfect town, it's hard to convince anyone that anything is wrong. Her dilemmas compounded by the unyielding demands of friends, family and life, Katie turns in directions she would never consider before, looking for light at the end of a very... More > dark tunnel.< Less
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Sep 17, 2009"An A++++++++ Book!!!!" It’s been almost 20 years since I was in high school, but 40 pages into Chappaqua, I felt myself back in those waxed hallways, wondering who was having a party this weekend. After that, I can only echo the words of the other reviewers on this page. You feel like you’re part of the story. You re-live your friendships and your high school days. The book is wow. The highs and lows are so real that my husband had to remind me several times that Katie was a fictional character and it was just a book. I had to call in sick to work because I stayed up all night reading the last 200 pages. My husband insisted on seeing what all the fuss was about and he’s already on page 150. If there was a way to give this book 100 stars, I would.
Aug 23, 2009"A wonderful truth" As a former chappaqua resident I can honestly say that this book is a great reflection of the pressures and the problems faced in those dark teenage years. This book is not only thoughtful and descriptvie, but it is also filled with honesty and truth. A great read for anyone who has survived these teenage years or for a parent who has a child embarking on their teenage journey...Not all stories have a fairytale ending. A must read!
Aug 10, 2009"Journey Back In Time" Is being told we are the best or always succeeding at everything when we are growing up a good thing? Clearly we know the answer, but when you are the perfect girl, in the perfect town, perfection comes at what cost? This is the question Rob Toonkel asks and deals with throughout Chappaqua: A Novel, showing us that perception can be the furthest thing from reality. When we think of high school based stories, shows like 90210 or Saved by the Bell immediately come to mind, or comedies like American Pie or Superbad. Than there are dark comedies like "Heathers" or "Pump Up the Volume" that are cynical, but tend to stray from reality. In Toonkel's "Chappaqua" he takes familiar themes to a new level, by looking at our teenage years through a much different and serious lens, one that is much more familiar to all of us. It is said that adversity does not build character, but often reveals it. Throughout this book Toonkel reminds... More > us of this fact, as he takes us on an emotional journey when we enter Katie Fitzpatrick's world, which is securely sheltered by her family, friends, and school. The reader will not help but be swept away in the story and become Katie's friend throughout her senior year. Even though typically many are jealous of the most popular girl in school, Toonkel paints such a real character that we cannot help be one of her friends and feel for our friend as she struggles to deal with her demons. While Chappaqua, New York for decades as been seen as a "90210" type community of the east coast, Toonkel uses this back drop to bring to the surface and fuel the problems Katie faces and highlight why they become such a struggle. In many respects, the theme of Toonkel's Chappaqua could not be more timely as each passing day we learn that our "invisible economy" is getting a dose of harsh reality because things are not always what they seem and that many problems existed under the surface that were never properly addressed. That in the end, perception was not even close to reality, as "financial geniuses" turned out to be nothing more than modern day crooks. It also leaves one to one to wonder how Katie would have dealt with her problems in present day versus the early 1990's when this story is set, a time that was not so long ago, where we actually had to make plans in advance to meet someone without the safety net of a cell phone. For anyone that wants to take a journey back to their formative high school years I highly recommend reading this book. While we can always look at old yearbooks, attend reunions, and talk about old times with friends, this book does a remarkable job at catapulting you back in time on such a personal level through its amazing detail and candid conversations. The book starts at an easy pace, leaving some to wonder where is Toonkel taking us? However as the book picks up considerable steam, like a rocket heading into space, I guarantee there is absolutely no way you will put this book down until you are blown away by its deeply powerful and profound ending that will leave you thinking for a very long time.< Less
Jun 20, 2009"Absolutely amazingly fantastic!" If you are able to read this book without feeling yourself in the story, you may need to check your pulse.
Jun 19, 2009"A great book!!!" I bought Robert Toonkel's Chappaqua on a whim. I hoped to find something like Jodi Picoult's writing which I enjoy immensely. In Chappaqua, I found something that rival's Picoult's best and something I will treasure forever. I had only heard of Chappaqua in news stories about the Clintons, but I feel that I know it perfectly now. The narration and imagery is so powerful that even if you’ve never heard of Chappaqua, you’ll feel like you’re right there. Actually, you'll feel like you went to school with Katie. The author’s ability to transform her from a two-dimensional book character to someone we can see, hear and feel is a feat that many attempt but do this well. Katie becomes our sister and our friend. She became so real to me that I feel like I should have her number in my phone. I was a bit surprised when I first saw the length of this book, but the action moves so fast that you never feel it dragging. The story keeps building and building. I read... More > the last 250 pages in one night. But it will stick with me forever. This is a book that will make parents give an extra hug to their children and make teenagers give an extra hug to their friends. I really hope that Robert Toonkel is working on a sequel to this book.< Less
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- Robert D. Toonkel (Standard Copyright License)
- Edition 5.1.2
- January 6, 2009
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.74 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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