Gravel Queen by Tea Benduhn – book cover, description, publication history. I look behind me as we walk toward the parking lot, gravel crunching and spraying In this stunning debut novel, Tea Benduhn looks at a teen making decisions. In this contemporary romance, first-time author Benduhn presents the light side of GRAVEL QUEEN. Tea Benduhn, Author, Neal Shusterman, Author.
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GRAVEL QUEEN by Tea Benduhn | Kirkus Reviews
I thought you weren’t interested in those guys,” Kenney says. Aurin has no intention of throwing off their established equilibrium. In bendujn stunning debut novel, Tea Benduhn looks at a teen making decisions about her future while trying not to lose her past. Gravel Queen falls flat most of the time, with the characters not in-depth enough to create an interesting or intriguing story.
A gentle summer story about friendship and first love. Benduhn seems to have spent most of her time during the writing of the novel thinking up new sensations for Aurin, which often sound more like a bowel disorder than growing love. Holland finds herself homeless and alone, except for Cece and a new gay support system.
The plot centers on her awakening to her sexual identity and the difficulty she has in maintaining her old friendships while pursuing the new intimacy.
Although conflicts do occur-mainly in the form of backbiting, family squabbles and fits of jealously-the author steers clear of any life-altering crises. When new girl Neila arrives, her liveliness and fun, are an instant attraction to Aurin. I really liked that this book didn’t just focus on the “omg lesbian! Read more Read less. The author is my daughter and the book was out of print when I ordered a copy for a friend.
Aurin quickly develops a crush on Neila, and they begin spending more time together. Jun 05, Emily rated it liked it.
I’m kinda at a loss here to give a review which I was asked to do. Aurin and her two friends have a nice comfortable friendship in their teen world, in Greensboro, North Carolina. I thought you weren’t interested in those guys,” Kenney says.
There is more to identity and experience, certainly more worth writing about. Both novels, written in first-person, are filled with believable inner monologues and finely tuned contemporary dialogue.
Get to Know Us. No eBook available SimonandSchuster. Aurin and her best friend Kenney argue bebduhn Aurin’s increasing interest in Neila. There are a few good lines of prose, but altogether, the novel just doesn’t compel the reader. I look behind me as we walk toward the parking lot, gravel crunching and spraying beneath our feet. I look behind me as we walk toward the parking lot, gravel crunching and spraying beneath our feet. I like the complexity of evolving friendships, the fragile nature of new love, and the resilience of both.
Her meanness and slightly off-kilter behavior wasn’t quite believable to me.
In this stunning debut novel, Tea Benduhn looks at a teen making decisions about her future while trying not to lose her past.
The concept of a character wanting to film their life, and using that concept to describe aspects of the book, was wonderful.
Kenney cannot understand why she’s been thrown out of the driver’s seat and she lashes out at Aurin. It’s not that I don’t realize peoples’ parents really ARE like that sometimes, it’s just that I felt Pru was something of a caricature, and I wish she’d been a more sympathetic, or at least three-dimensional, character.
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Gravel Queen by Tea Benduhn
Parts of this novel rang very true to me, especially the portrayal of Aurin’s relationship with her slightly controlling and much gravvel best friend, Kenney.
Tea Benduhn lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her two cats. The book is about seventeen-year-old Aurin and her friends Kenny and Fred. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.