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The Careful Undressing of Love
by Corey Ann Haydu


Overview - The girls of Devonairre Street have always been told they're cursed. Any boy they love is certain to die too soon. But this is Brooklyn in 2008, and the curse is less a terror and more a lifestyle accessory--something funky and quaint that makes the girls from the shortest street in Brooklyn special.  Read more...

 
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Overview
The girls of Devonairre Street have always been told they're cursed. Any boy they love is certain to die too soon. But this is Brooklyn in 2008, and the curse is less a terror and more a lifestyle accessory--something funky and quaint that makes the girls from the shortest street in Brooklyn special. They wear their hair long and keys around their necks. People give them a second look and whisper "Devonairre" to their friends. But it's not real. It won't affect their futures.

Then Jack--their Jack, the one boy everyone loved--dies suddenly and violently. And now the curse seems not only real, but like the only thing that matters. All their bright futures have suddenly gone dark.

The Careful Undressing of Love is a disturbing and sensual story of the power of youth and the boundless mysteries of love set against the backdrop of Haydu's brilliantly reimagined New York City.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780399186738
  • ISBN-10: 0399186735
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: January 2017
  • Page Count: 288
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.88 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Young Adult Fiction > Romance - General
Books > Young Adult Fiction > Social Themes - Death & Dying
Books > Young Adult Fiction > Girls & Women

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-10-31
  • Reviewer: Staff

Lornas Brooklyn street is greateveryone looks out for each other, especially in hard times. But its also cursed: when a woman on Devonairre Street loves a man, he dies young. Lorna and her friends only half believe in this curse, even though all of their mothers are widows, but when Lornas best friend Delilahs boyfriend is killed, they cant make light of it any longer. Haydu (Making Pretty) sets this story in a slightly counterfactual version of New York City, with Times Square as Ground Zero and a lingering focus on memorializing the victims and their families, rather than a retaliatory war. Lornas father died in the Bombing, as did the father of her friend and neighbor Cruz. She was 11, he was 12, and nownearly seven years latertheir friendship is starting to feel like love. There is a lot of dramatic potential, but it never fully pays off. Is the curse real? Can it be averted? By what sacrifices? Haydu offers no answers or resolution, and after a long buildup, the ending is both sudden and unsatisfying. Ages 14up. Agent: Victoria Marini, Irene Goodman Literary. (Jan.)

 
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