Exiled to Iowa. Send Help. And Couture

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Exiled to Iowa. Send Help. And Couture

Exiled to Iowa Send Help And Couture This is the story of me Collin Murray a bright witty and charming L A teen who is cruelly transported to a small town in Iowa by parents who delight in my suffering It tells the tale of my struggle

  • Title: Exiled to Iowa. Send Help. And Couture
  • Author: Chris O'Guinn
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • This is the story of me, Collin Murray, a bright, witty and charming L.A teen who is cruelly transported to a small town in Iowa by parents who delight in my suffering It tells the tale of my struggles against such obstacles as flannel, packs of bullies, lack of car, hoodies, crazy English teachers and vengeful former friends It is an epic tale of survival in a savage dThis is the story of me, Collin Murray, a bright, witty and charming L.A teen who is cruelly transported to a small town in Iowa by parents who delight in my suffering It tells the tale of my struggles against such obstacles as flannel, packs of bullies, lack of car, hoodies, crazy English teachers and vengeful former friends It is an epic tale of survival in a savage denim wilderness.

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    One thought on “Exiled to Iowa. Send Help. And Couture

    1. ☆ Todd on said:

      So reviewing this book leaves me a bit conflicted.Do I review the book that it was?Or do I review it for the book that I *wished* it had been?What the book was:A well-written story of being uprooted from an urban life and dropped into a cultural wasteland, where 'fabulous' people, i.e. people outside the norm, with a bit of flair, are scorned, ridiculed and sometimes beaten. Then overcoming that adversity to find 'your people' there and regroup to build a life that makes you happy.Plus, as what [...]

    2. Kaje Harper on said:

      I really enjoyed this book, and its somewhat mouthy narrator, Collin, who, when forcibly relocated from LA, brings couture and drama to a small-town Iowa highschool. His voice was a nice combination of young, hopeful and snarky, with a little bit of flaming mixed in. He runs into a believable series of stumbling blocks along the way. The characters were great, not everything was black and white, and the resolution was sweet and not perfect. There were some very funny moments, some painful ones, [...]

    3. Lost in a Book on said:

      3.5 starsI had a hard time settling on a rating for this one. I love YA/Coming of Age books and was completely expecting that feel from this one too. But I didn't. The characters voice and maturity didn't flow with a 15 year old IMO even though the circumstances aligned with that of a high school freshman dealing with bullying, homophobia, moving to a new school in the middle of nowhere and proving to his family that he can handle things on his own. Also, I have a hard time calling this YA. One [...]

    4. Cole Riann on said:

      Luci recommended this book to me a couple of weeks ago and I am so happy that she did. It is such a breath of fresh air. Funny and poignant, with characters that I really grew to love (and talk about one sexy, supportive boyfriend to have -- I loved Austin). At times, this book took me back to high school myself, where I'm happy to say I subtly avoided the kinds of situations in this novel. I tended to ghost around my classmates and only spend time with my little circle of friends. Not Collin, t [...]

    5. Justin on said:

      Highly recommended YA book. Funny and entertaining, with a great cast of chracters.

    6. Preston on said:

      Can snark, irony, Zest for life and coture counteract homophobia and bullies? Will the best attempts at stoicism end in tears? Read how Chris O'Guinn, author of Fearless, once again uses a victorious voice that brings YA into a solid maturity.Quote: "He was the hardest person to figure out I had ever met, which was saying something. I knew girls, after all…."One of my all time favorite books.

    7. Lori on said:

      Oh dear lord why did I wait so long to read this? Talented author is talented and I'd recommend this to all YA fans.The star of this book is undoubtedly Colin. Fifteen and uprooted from his LA abode to move to Hickville, Iowa, where plaid shirts and jeans are the order of the day andthe gay is not to be mentioned, he has two choices, sink or swim. Kinda thrown in at the deep-end with a disastrous first few hours at school he really has to swim and he does it in style.Colin, Colin, Colin - I thou [...]

    8. F. on said:

      Enjoyed it. Liked how his parents were portrayed ie ordinary - not nasty, superhuman, overnice - portrayed just like most are.

    9. K on said:

      This book was chosen for me by Elci for the YA GLBT Group’s February “pick it for me” challenge – thanks Elci!!Ok, caveat… I don’t usually do book reviews, mainly because I am never sure that my take on things will be of any use to anybody else but, here goes….This is the story of 15 year old Collin, who moves with his family from Santa Monica to Burford, Iowa. This is apparently a terrible thing… now I am a Brit who has never been to the US and whilst I know general stuff about [...]

    10. Jerry on said:

      Collin, the protagonist in this gay Y/A novel is snarky, funny, self-centered, and like so many teens he is deluded into believing that no-one else has a clue about anything. I enjoyed sharing his life for a while. There was drama, but no melodrama. There was conflict, but no conflagration. Collin was put-upon, but despite what Collin may have felt, this wasn't a tear-jerker.From the start of the novel, Collin knows he's gay, as do a few others. Furthermore, he's okay with being gay; he just kno [...]

    11. BubblesHunty Honest & Direct Opinions on said:

      I think I am going with 4 stars with this one.The beginning was a bit slow for me. The main character seemed shallow and so gay it was annoying. I do not know anyone no matter how gay or what age that uses the word couture the way the MC does and I can't help but think it was used incorrectly but maybe that is just my understanding of the word.Anyway besides being annoyed every time the word couture popped up, which was a lot the MC did grow on me. Although I never liked him as much as the secon [...]

    12. Heather K (dentist in my spare time) on said:

      Thank you so much for the gift, Monica!!

    13. Emilia Barnes on said:

      Okay, so this wasn't for me. It wasn't exactly terrible, only it wasn't, er, very good I don't know, I feel bad writing bad things about it. It was harmless, first of all, and secondly it might be the sort of thing a gay kid who's struggling with bullies at school would like to read. I really don't know. As an adult I am not the target audience for this. Plus: there is definitely a distinct narrator's voice. Minus: every other character sounds the same. Plus: the narrator is a gay dude, and his [...]

    14. Aimee ~is busy sleeping~ on said:

      ~3.8 stars~Most of my absolute favorite books are YA, and a lot of them are lgbt. I have read and discovered some pretty amazing authors and writing. So any YA book I read, I end up comparing and rating to the best YA I've read (Suicide Watch by Kelly York, Gives Light by Rose Cristo, Collide by J.R. Lenk).There were niggles, but I really enjoyed this. This was a relatively shorter book compared to what I'm used to reading for YA, and the length did affect the story for me. I felt some things we [...]

    15. Joanne on said:

      Oh, now, Collin's a character I got on very well with. Love a good ole dose of snark, I do. An abundance of laugh out loud moments in this, and plenty sweet and touching ones too. An immensely enjoyable read.(Would have liked more of Keith, though, cos -bless him -he was adorable).

    16. Tess on said:

      Cute, fun story of a couture-loving teenage boy forced to leave L.A. for Iowa. It was fairly low-angst although the boys faced some bullying at school. The romance was sweet, although there were some dark parts of Austin's backstory that seemed to have been brushed over a little quickly.

    17. Marisa on said:

      What can I say about this book? Absolutely loved it!!! It has been a while since I read anything I loved this much :)

    18. Ulysses Dietz on said:

      Chris O'Guinn's "Exiled to Iowa. Send Help. And Couture." is remarkable for the richness of its story, the sharp, laugh-out-loud humor of its writing, and the big-hearted emotions (painful and joyous) of its characters. Young Adult novels can be as appealing to adults as for the teenage audience they presumably target--after all, we were all teenagers ourselves. What is tricky about this genre--one that is a personal favorite of mine--is capturing the perspective and the language of the young pr [...]

    19. Joshua on said:

      This book is targeted squarely at the junior high/high school audience. In a spirit of full disclosure and since one of the themes of this story is to be honest and up front, I must confess that I am not in that group and have not been for many years. I picked it up because it had “Iowa” (my home) in the title, and it sounded like it could be a fun story to read.I started reading it as the free sample from on my Kindle and almost didn’t buy it. The main character’s ego, attitude and man [...]

    20. Philip Siegel on said:

      I bought this book based exclusively on the title. That title is perfection. It's about a closeted gay kid whose family moves from LA to Iowa. It reminded me a little of To Wong Foo, minus the drag. The main character Collin was funny, sassy, and flamboyant, which felt very refreshing. I feel like it's the trend in YA today for gay characters to be more reserved or toned-down, especially gay main characters. EXILED was a nice change of pace, yet Collin was still relatable. Plus he had a cute, qu [...]

    21. Jeff Davault on said:

      While I think I liked "Fearless" better, this one would definitely make a better feel-good movie, since the other was bittersweet. It is written in such a way, you can almost see the action as a film. If you are in the mood for a light, enjoyable read, then I would recommend this one.

    22. Ayanna on said:

      *squints at blurb suspiciously* I can't decide if this is going to be brilliant or pretentious as fuck. The blurb isn't enough to go on

    23. Dan on said:

      More like 3.5 stars. Liked it fine, but just a bit too predictable.

    24. Hrtnsoul28 on said:

      Very different then I thought it would be. Thought Collin was a selfish little smartass. Then he grew on me. Austin was a bit disturbing, but after knowing the story at his old school and with his mom it made sense. I liked that Collins brother Shawn was a popular jock but still loved his brother. Even if he shied away a bit when Collin got a boyfriend.My favorite character was Keith. He had me at “We'll be there.”

    25. Sarah on said:

      This book was so much fun to read! As soon as I started it, I couldn't put it down anymore. Although there is a very serious undertone to this book (gay-bashing in high schools and homophobia in general), Collin manages to lead a very happy life. I love his witty repartee! I do know that homophobia among teenagers is a very serious problem, but I believe that it is also important to have works which show that even as a gay teenager one can have a good time. I'm just saying this because I have th [...]

    26. M. on said:

      This was a sweet. I really liked Collin. It was humorous and angsty. Exactly what you would expect when reading about a sixteen year old.

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