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If Cyd Charisse knows one thing, it's that Shrimp is her true love. Shrimp, the hottest pint-size surfer-artist in San Francisco. That boy (as her mother called him), who was the primary cause of Cyd being grounded to Alcatraz, formerly known as her room. The boy who dumped Cyd before she left home to spend the summer in New York City.

Now it's the start of senior year. Cyd has changed, but maybe Shrimp has changed too -- and maybe Cyd and Shrimp will need to get to know each other all over again to figure out if it's for real. Can Cyd get back together with Shrimp and keep the peace with her mom? And can she get a life outside of her all-encompassing boy radar?

This sequel to Gingerbread has all the sharp humor and searing attitude of the original, which ELLEgirl praised as "not just Another Teen Novel" and Teen People called "unforgettable." In Shrimp, Cyd might be a little older and a little wiser, but she's still the same irrepressible free spirit determined to find her own way in the world, on her own terms.

About The Author

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Rachel Cohn is the bestselling author of You Know Where to Find Me, Gingerbread, Shrimp, Cupcake, Pop Princess, and, with David Levithan, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares as well as the tween novels The Steps and Two Steps Forward. Born in Washington, DC, she graduated from Barnard College in New York and has lived on both coasts. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 8, 2011)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781439115534
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99

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Raves and Reviews

*"Compelling....The memorable heroine's light-hearted, sassy narration will enthrall her fans, and win over new recruits."

– Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Continuing the story begun in Gingerbread, this delightful teen title is funny, poignant, and memorable. Readers will laugh over the pickles Cyd Charisse gets into, and they will nod wisely as they read about the incredible discoveries that she stumbles across."

– Through the Looking Glass Book Review

*"[Cyd Charisse] remains a reassuring counterbalance, a voice that yields to no one in intoxicating style but underpins it with real substance about the last step into adulthood."

– BCCB, starred review

*"[Cyd Charisse's] impressively original, partly stream-of-consciousness voice sounds like a real, well-educated rebellious teenage girl."

– Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"[Fans] of Cyd's opinionated, rebellious voice, balanced by just the right amount of humanizing vulverability, will drink in this continuation of her story like a caffeine addicts presented with double shots of espresso."

– Horn Book

"Cyd Charisse is a wonderful creation, and fans who enjoyed the first book of her adventures will be eager to read this one."


"Cohn's humor is right on."

– School Library Journal

"[Startling] and honest."

– Booklist

Awards and Honors

  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults Nominee
  • Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best
  • Kirkus Editor's Choice
  • NYPL Best Books for Teens
  • ALA Quick Picks Nominee
  • Eureka! CA in Children's Literature List

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