Maya's Notebook (Paperback)

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Having visited Peru in 2014, I loved listening to this audio book which takes place in Chile. The two countries are very similar and it added an extra element to the story for me. This is a great book about a young girl named Maya Vidal who's whole life spins out of control after the death of her grandfather. She becomes a shell of herself living on the streets of Las Vegas until she meets Brandon Lehman. Brandon's brother is one of the best producers of counterfeit currency in the US and soon she gets in way over her head. Her grandmother sends her to Chiloe, an island off of Chile, and she begins to become her self again...but her past is still haunting her and just might catch up to her even on this remote island. - Madison
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Maya's Notebook is a startling novel of suspense from New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende.

This contemporary coming-of-age story centers upon Maya Vidal, a remarkable teenager abandoned by her parents. Maya grew up in a rambling old house in Berkeley with her grandmother Nini, whose formidable strength helped her build a new life after emigrating from Chile in 1973 with a young son, and her grandfather Popo, a gentle African-American astronomer.

When Popo dies, Maya goes off the rails. Along with a circle of girlfriends known as "the vampires," she turns to drugs, alcohol, and petty crime--a downward spiral that eventually leads to Las Vegas and a dangerous underworld, with Maya caught between warring forces: a gang of assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol.

Her one chance for survival is Nini, who helps her escape to a remote island off the coast of Chile. In the care of her grandmother's old friend, Manuel Arias, and surrounded by strange new acquaintances, Maya begins to record her story in her notebook, as she tries to make sense of her past and unravel the mysteries of her family and her own life.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062105639
ISBN-10: 0062105639
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: April 22nd, 2014
Pages: 387
Language: English
Series: P.S.