Confessions of a Teen Sleuth
By Chelsea Cain
(Bloomsbury USA, Hardcover, 9781582345116, 208pp.)
Publication Date: March 10, 2005
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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"If you are reading this, then I am gone and this manuscript, per my instruction, has been delivered to the writer Chelsea Cain for publication as she sees fit..."
America's favorite girl detective is back to set the record straight. According to our titian-haired heroine, she was not a fictional character, but an intrepid real-life sleuth who investigated some of the twentieth century's biggest mysteries. And the famous series she starred in was not cooked up by a team of writers, but plagiarized from her exploits by a nosy college roommate-who, not surprisingly, got a whole lot wrong.
Here are the daring escapes, brilliant hunches, and dependable stock characters, including interlopers from numerous other beloved series, that have delighted generations of fans. And here, also, are the details of teen-sleuth life that you never saw: the secret romances, reckless driving, minor drinking problems, political action, and domestic drama that have, up till now, remained hidden from these brave detectives' adoring public.
Chelsea Cain is the author of The Hippie Handbook (2004) and the memoir Dharma Girl (1996). She edited the anthology Wild Child (2000), about children of the counterculture. She has written for a wide variety of publications and is currently a humor columnist for the Oregonian.
"Chelsea Cain's gleeful parody affectionately hits all the formulaic high points of a Nancy Drew mystery."
"A wonderful send-up of the Nancy Drew novels…tremendously entertaining reading."
-Nancy Pearl, author of Book Lust, on "The Beat," KUOW (Seattle NPR station)
"[A] loving parody…breezy fun with a heart of gold."
"Irresistible, hilarious…Cain is a brilliant parodist…Drew fans will be inspired by Cain to revisit their old faves."
"Wondrous fun… An immensely enjoyable re-visioning of the much-loved Nancy Drew, and the best kind of guilty pleasure."
"A slim and delicious parody…Cain nails the tone of the vintage books with affection and wit."