Mary Jane (Large Print / Library Binding)
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MARY JANE by Jessica Anya Blau is just plain awesome!
It takes place in Baltimore in 1975 and is a coming-of-age story of fourteen year old Mary Jane and what happens during that summer when everything she had always believed is turned upside down.
Mary Jane takes a summer nannying job with Cones and their precocious five year old daughter Izzy. What she doesn’t know is Dr. Cone is psychiatrist who specializes in addictions. When a rock star and his famous wife move into the Cone’s house for a 24 hour a day intensive therapy to kick his heroin addiction Mary Jane’s eyes are opened to a completely different world.
MARY JANE is a celebration of what family is. It’s also a book about letting go and learning how to really love each other despite their flaws and to embrace your own talent and creativity.— Kathleen
Mary Jane was one of the best coming of age stories I’ve read in a long time. With a light touch and perfect details Blau nails what it is to be 14 and suddenly see the world with new eyes.— Sarah
May 2021 Indie Next List
“Mary Jane is 14 in 1975 and her summer nannying job is filled with surprises, spontaneity, and love as she is pulled into the family of the little girl she watches. A sweet and funny story of discovering yourself, your loved ones, and where you fit in. It really hit home for me.”
— Courtney Boches, Reads & Company, Phoenixville, PA