Maya's Notebook is a startling novel of suspense from New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende. This contemporary coming-of-age story centers upon Maya Vidal, a remarkable teenager abandoned by her parents. Maya grew up in a rambling old house in Berkeley with her grandmother Nini, whose formidable strength helped her build a new life after emigrating from Chile in 1973 with a young son, and her grandfather Popo, a gentle African-American astronomer. When Popo dies, Maya goes off the rails. Along with a circle of girlfriends known as "the vampires," she turns to drugs, alcohol, and petty crime--a downward spiral that eventually leads to Las Vegas and a dangerous underworld, with Maya caught between warring forces: a gang of assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol. Her one chance for survival is Nini, who helps her escape to a remote island off the coast of Chile. In the care of her grandmother's old friend, Manuel Arias, and surrounded by strange new acquaintances, Maya begins to record her story in her notebook, as she tries to make sense of her past and unravel the mysteries of her family and her own life.
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"This simply titled novel follows the complex journey of a young woman's growth, trials, and redemption. Allende's skill lies in telling a story that is simultaneously accessible and thought provoking. The listener is drawn in by a compelling tale and held there by poetic language. Narrator Maria Cabezas has a youthful voice that can nearly break hearts with its blend of innocence and experience. Her performance as Maya is perfectly believable. Essentially abandoned by her parents and devastated by the death of her beloved grandfather, Maya must find her way back from the ravages of self-destructive behaviors and move ahead with life. Cabezas makes us root for Maya, no matter her choices; in the end, we want only the best for her. L.B.F. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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