Girl, unframed / Deb Caletti.

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      First Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: While spending a summer with her famous mother and her criminal boyfriend, Sydney Reilly, age fifteen, finds love with Nicco but her premonition of something bad coming proves dreadfully accurate.
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      CALETTI, D. Girl, unframed. First Simon Pulse hardcover edition. [s. l.]: Simon Pulse, 2020. ISBN 9781534426979. Disponível em: Acesso em: 26 set. 2020.
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      Caletti D. Girl, Unframed. First Simon Pulse hardcover edition. Simon Pulse; 2020. Accessed September 26, 2020.
    • APA:
      Caletti, D. (2020). Girl, unframed (First Simon Pulse hardcover edition.). Simon Pulse.
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      Caletti, Deb. 2020. Girl, Unframed. First Simon Pulse hardcover edition. Simon Pulse.
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      Caletti, D. (2020) Girl, unframed. First Simon Pulse hardcover edition. Simon Pulse. Available at: (Accessed: 26 September 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Caletti, D 2020, Girl, unframed, First Simon Pulse hardcover edition., Simon Pulse, viewed 26 September 2020, .
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      Caletti, Deb. Girl, Unframed. First Simon Pulse hardcover edition., Simon Pulse, 2020. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Caletti, Deb. Girl, Unframed. First Simon Pulse hardcover edition. Simon Pulse, 2020.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Caletti D. Girl, unframed [Internet]. First Simon Pulse hardcover edition. Simon Pulse; 2020 [cited 2020 Sep 26]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2020 April #2

*Starred Review* Caletti is at the top of her game in this fully dimensional mystery. As college student Sydney Reilly unfolds the story of her sixteenth summer in a San Francisco mansion with her movie-star mother, Lila Shore, what begins as a beautifully described moment of sexual awakening takes on Syd's growing feminism and refusal to be anyone's object. Chapter headings hint at the main event by listing exhibits from what we begin to realize is a murder trial. Raised by her maternal grandmother, Edwina, while her mother struggles to revive her flagging career, Syd is reluctant to leave her comfortable life in Seattle and spend the summer with egocentric, childlike Lila—especially with Lila's new boyfriend, shady art dealer Jake, living with them as well. Jake is alternately jealous of Syd's presence and uncomfortably attentive, judging her clothing, her activities, and especially her new boyfriend, Nicco. Tensions build to a riveting and realistic climax that recalls the Lana Turner/Cheryl Crane/Johnny Stompanato incident. With a subtle, believable twist that encapsulates this particular mother/daughter relationship, Caletti delivers the near impossible: a page-turner grounded in thoughtful feminism. There are so many beautiful small touches, from the multiple meanings of the title to the sweet rituals Syd and Nicco develop to the importance of therapy to recover from trauma. Name recognition aside, this is a title deserving wide promotion and discussion. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2020 #5

Sydney, a teen raised primarily by her down-to-earth grandmother in Seattle, spends the summer with Lila, her movie-star mother, in San Francisco. Lila's impossibly rich and glamorous lifestyle seems to be at odds with her fading fame. Syd must cope with her mother's ever-hungry ego and volatility and with Lila's mysterious and shady real-estate mogul/art dealer boyfriend, Jake. As Lila and Jake's fights become more frequent and violent, it is clear that their relationship is based more on control than affection. When Syd is immediately smitten with a boy she meets at the beach, Jake becomes obsessively concerned with "guarding [her] virtue." Syd is angered by his attitude and by the salacious behavior of just about every man she comes into contact with. Each chapter opens with a list of courtroom exhibits, and it is clear from the get-go that the story is building to something ominous. The writing is thoughtful and engaging. While the focus of the narrative seems to be Syd's sexual awakening and her determination to be seen and desired on her own terms, Caletti also explores Syd's discovery of the frailty and betrayals of the adult world, often by the very people who are supposed to be taking care of her. Give this page-turner to readers of Elana K. Arnold (Red Hood, rev. 5/20), Courtney Summers (Sadie), and Caletti's previous YA novels (The Last Forever, rev. 5/14, and others). Luann Toth September/October 2020 p.84 Copyright 2020 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

PW Reviews 2020 May #1

A brief list of court evidence prefaces each chapter of this suspenseful novel, indicating that a crime will be committed between its pages, which slowly reveal the wrongdoing and its perpetrator. Sydney Reilly, 15, dreads having to leave her Seattle academy to spend the summer with Lila, her movie star mother who is now renting a San Francisco home from her wealthy boyfriend, Jake. Sydney is wary of real estate developer and art collector Jake, a "real man" who shows signs of being abusive, but she adores his German shepherd, Max, who soon becomes her constant companion. She's on the beach with Max when she meets Nicco, a dog lover who offers an exciting, passionate distraction from the fear and uneasiness she feels at home. As her romance with Nicco intensifies, tensions rise between Lila and Jake and their arguments turn more violent. Caletti (A Heart in a Body in the World) offers a riveting, meticulously plotted mystery with plenty of drama alongside an exploration of objectification and the male gaze. San Francisco's sandy beaches, unusual structures, and mysterious caves reflect Sydney's feelings of loneliness, eeriness, and passion, and her eventual sense of power. Ages 14–up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. (June)

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