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by Lara Zielin

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ISBN:
0399250662
Author:
Lara Zielin
Category:
Literature & Fiction
Language:
English
Publisher:
Putnam Juvenile; 1 edition (August 6, 2009)
Pages:
256 pages
EPUB book:
1528 kb
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1884 kb
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1356 kb
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Rating:
4.7
Votes:
385


Zielin does a great job of highlighting different factors that made Emma's struggle so difficult: her parents' rules, her own aspirations . DONUT DAYS is a great, insightful novel by Ms. Zielin. It reads quickly and touches the heart

Zielin does a great job of highlighting different factors that made Emma's struggle so difficult: her parents' rules, her own aspirations and beliefs, what was happening to her friends, what was happening in church and what was not happening to her, to name most of them. The reality of Emma's situation hit a nerve with me and made the entire story very relatable. It reads quickly and touches the heart. Though Emma grows up in a minister's home, the story is so much more than that.

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Emma, go get your sister out of Little Saints, he said. I didn’t want to walk through the church all by my lonesome after my mom had given such a controversial sermon. I didn’t want to walk through the church all by my lonesome after my mom had given such a controversial sermon p at the stage to see if my mom was still there, but she was gone. Probably she’d fled back to her office to pray. Dad- I started, but he cut me off. Listen to me. I’ll get your mom. You get your sister. We need to reconvene as a family as soon as possible. The dark look on his face told me this was a) serious and b) not a good time to argue.

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Emmas life is a mess. Her best friend isnt talking to her, and the boy shes known forever and dismissed has turned into a hottie. As if that werent enough, her preacher parents have decided not to pay for college unless Emma goes to a Christian school, something she will never do. Enter the Crispy Dreama new donut franchise where people camp out waiting to be the first ones served. The local paper is running a scholarship for the person who writes the best feature story about the donut camp. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

EmmaOs life is a mess. Her best friend isnOt talking to her, and the boy sheOs known forever and dismissed has turned into a hottie. As if that werenOt enough, her preacher parents have decided not to pay for college unless Emma goes to a Christian school, something she will never do. Enter the Crispy DreamNa new donut franchise where people camp out waiting to be the first ones served.

I read a great YA book yesterday, Donut Days by Lara Zielin. It was one of those stories that I sat down to read, and didn't get up until it was finished. I love those sorts of books! I’m not usually one to jump on a book with a religious undertone, but there was something about this story that made me smile-so I decided to give it a read and I’m glad I did. I think the thing I liked the most was the voice. Readers and writers talk so much about voice, because it’s just that important. So many time I’ve read a book with a great plot that fell short because I didn’t think the voice was authentic enough, but not this book. The voice really stood out for me.

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Donut Days - Lara Zielin. I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I might, reading about the donut camp set up before the opening of the Crispy Dream shop. bookczukGo to bookczuk's profile, opens in a new window. The drama between teenagers and between members of an Evangelical church was handled without demonizing one side or the other.

Emma has a lot going on. Her best friend?s not speaking to her, a boy she?s known all her life is suddenly smokin? hot and in love with her, and oh yes, her evangelical minister parents may lose their church, especially if her mother keeps giving sermons saying Adam was a hermaphrodite.

But this weekend Emma?s only focused on Crispy Dream, a hot new donut franchise opening in town, where Harley bikers and Frodo wannabes camp out waiting to be the first ones served. Writing the best feature story on the camp for the local paper might just win Emma a scholarship to attend a non- Christian college. But soon enough Emma finds the donut camp isn?t quite the perfect escape from all her troubles at Living Word Redeemer.

In a fresh, funny voice, newcomer Lara Zielin offers up a mesmerizing, fast-paced narrative full of wit and insight.

  • Delan
I downloaded this book to my kindle, started reading, and didn't get up until I finished it. It's fabulous. I would recommend this book to young readers, and even older readers that just love to read. It was nice and refreshing to read a book that tackled the subject of teenage morals and ethics without shoving them down the readers throat. Check this book out. You'll be glad you did!
  • Arcanescar
The book focuses on Emma's attempts to try to understand the concepts of God and religion. I could definitely relate to Emma as she struggled to try to figure out her own particular stance when it came to what she believed. Zielin does a great job of highlighting different factors that made Emma's struggle so difficult: her parents' rules, her own aspirations and beliefs, what was happening to her friends, what was happening in church and what was not happening to her, to name most of them. The reality of Emma's situation hit a nerve with me and made the entire story very relatable.

The Donut Camp (which is basically when fans of donut stores camp out for a new branch's opening) was a hilarious concept to me, but I loved it. (And if I had the opportunity and the right company, I'd probably do it.) It gave an interesting twist to the story and plus, we were able to meet the Angelfire Witnesses (a group of born again bikers), who were my favorite characters apart from Emma.

There's a lot of things going on in this novel, but the events are, to me, part and parcel of the whole ordeal that Emma goes through. It warms my heart to see how it ends - and I thought it was a pretty realistic conclusion.

Donut Days was a delightful little book, and I'm glad to finally have been able to read it.
  • August
Summary: Emma is the daughter of evangelical minister parents who is having quite the difficult time. Her mom may lose her position as co-preacher at their church, one of her friends is newly hot and in love with her, her best friend isn't speaking to her, and her parents have announced their financial support only if she attends a Christian college. This takes place over a three day period as people camp out to see the opening of a new donut store.

I really liked Emma-she was very likable and I enjoyed her feelings about her parents. She feels completely left out over the things that are happening that will affect her. But the end promises hope for a stronger family unit and reevaluation of how each views the others.

At the donut campout, I really enjoyed her interactions with Bear and his evangelical biker gang. They showed a more human face of Christianity. Most are able to realize that they are not perfect and they do not act like they are. They just try their best to live out Jesus' teaching and improve themselves.

Her friendships are not as important. Lately it seems like I've read a lot of books where the female main character is not speaking to her friends due to a fight and thus female friendship is not important to the book. I'm not trying to single this book out because I feel like I've seen that a lot; this just happens to be the review where I'm writing about it.

I also thought that not all of the subplots got enough attention. I would have liked more with the hot guy in love with Emma; I thought it got short shrift. I also would have liked more with her younger sister, who was adorable in the little we read about, and the sibling rivalries that always seem to appear in families. I also think the girl on the cover doesn't look old enough to be a senior in high school-she looks maybe 14. That doesn't detract from the story; it's just something I noticed.

Overall: 4/5 for funny (predictable) story with a sweet narrator and good message. Recommended.
  • DireRaven
Emma Goiner's father informs her one night that the only universities her college fund will help support are those that her parents approve of. In other words, any secular school is OUT.

Both of Emma's parents are pastors at Living Word Redeemer, so they expect Emma to be guided by their choices. But Emma knows they are disappointed in her. Since her baptism not so long ago, she's yet to speak in tongues. And she's inflamed that the church can be influenced by the wealthiest member of the congregation.

So it's with these thoughts in her mind that she's determined to win the Paul Bunyan Press contest.

The paper is holding a competition. Crispy Dream Donuts is opening a new store, and the paper is offering a college scholarship to the best story written about the opening. Emma isn't sure what angle she will take with her story, but she's going to camp out and interview people who are also camping there waiting for the celebration.

It's during her time at Donut Camp that Emma learns more about herself than she ever expected. She encounters a Harley group that turns out to be the most unusual group of Christians she could imagine. And she meets a couple that have been camping for thirteen days, hoping that with the RV Crispy Dream will give a prize to the person who has logged the longest time at camp. And, though she struggles with herself, she winds up calling on Jake, a boy who had declared his love for her not so long ago, only to have her remain speechless and leave him hanging.

During the time at Donut Camp, Emma's parents have to fight for their own dreams. Mr. O'Connor, the richest member of the church, has his own agenda, and when Emma's mom preaches that men and women are equal, it starts a cascade of events that soon envelopes everyone with their consequences.

DONUT DAYS is a great, insightful novel by Ms. Zielin. It reads quickly and touches the heart. Though Emma grows up in a minister's home, the story is so much more than that. Yes, Emma tries to make her parents see that she's her own person and wants a world beyond what they have in mind for her. But it's also a story of fighting for what you believe in and achieving your own dreams.

Emma is a strong character with her own insecurities - but a strong belief in herself and her dreams.

Reviewed by: Jaglvr