Freaky Green Eyes

Freaky Green Eyes

by Joyce Carol Oates

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Later, I would think of it as crossing over. From a known territory into an unknown. From a place where people know you to a place where people only think they know you. It began with me a year ago this past July. A few weeks after my fourteenth birthday. When Freaky Green Eyes came into my heart. When her parents separate, Franky Pierson has no trouble deciding whose side she's on. After all, her mother is the one who chose to leave. And when her mother is suddenly reported missing, Franky believes she's simply pulled a disappearing act and deserted their family for good. But a part of Franky, a part she calls Freaky Green Eyes, knows that something is wrong. And it's up to Freaky to open Franky's eyes to the truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780066237596
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date: 08/14/2003
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.32(w) x 7.46(h) x 1.27(d)
Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been several times nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. Her most recent novel is A Book of American Martyrs. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

Hometown:

Princeton, New Jersey

Date of Birth:

June 16, 1938

Place of Birth:

Lockport, New York

Education:

B.A., Syracuse University, 1960; M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1961

Table of Contents

I.Crossing Over1
II.Missing193
III.In the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, New Mexico: December319

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Freaky Green Eyes 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Charlotte_Isabella More than 1 year ago
Oates outdid herself this time. This books is fast and furious and does not stop until the very last page. The story starts with a party on the beach, and Francesca "Franky" Pierson almost getting raped by a college guy. Then it starts describing her homelife. It tells the point of view of someone being abused...something is off in her life and you can just tell. I was 100 pages into the book and it took me only an hour or two to get there. This book is unputdownable. Clear off a couple of hours to read this because you wont want to do anything else. This book is not for everyone, though. It is very dark, and sinister. It is about abuse...the worst possible kind.
ElCa0720 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Franky has an alter ego called fraky that is her nasty mean side. I didnt like this book because it was confusing and kind of a stupid story because of franky's alter ego.
HippieLunatic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oates is able to get into the mind of Franky, a teen girl with an abusive father, including the slight exploration of a more powerful girl inside her, Freaky. While I don't believe this is a story about a full multiple personality, it is a story about what it takes to deal with emotional trauma.And as much as I adore Oates on a regular basis, this story didn't seem as strong to me. Franky doesn't feel as fully formed as other characters Oates has written, and the story, while ultimately disturbing doesn't have as much of a complete arch that I have come to expect of Oates' writing.Something was missing for me, and I can't quite put my finger on what it is, but there was definitely a hole in the story. Feeling more of the distinction between the before and after might have been helpful. Seeing Franky have a good relationship with her mother would have been helpful... some glimmer of what causes Franky to come around to her memories, but too much would have taken away from the sulkiness that is teenagers. I get that. The family just never seemed in balance, and I was always waiting for it.
bellalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Franky is a young teenager who begins to realize that the relationship between her famous father and not-so-famous mother is not a good one. Franky tells the story of her family and the disappearance of her mother.Oates has done a great job telling the story of a not-so-normal family. She accurately portrays a secretly abusive relationship .
framberg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The intended audience for this book might find it more readable than I did. For me, it paralleled the Nicole Brown Simpson story too closely for comfort. Aside from the "real life" connection, which made it a bit difficult for me to stomach, this was a compelling book about a difficult topic. The main character, Franky, is especially believable in her insecurities and her stubbornness, as well as her conflicted feelings about both of her parents.
OneMorePage on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A famous rich man abuses his wife and his children both physically and emotionally, eventually resulting in the wife's murder. Told from the point of view of the middle child, their teenage daughter. The wife/mother was trying to mask the abuse from her children, so the girl slowly comes to realize what was happening.Although Young Adult fiction, I found it an engaging adult fiction as well. I am seldom disappointed with Oates's work, and this one I found particularly well done.
hezann73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Franky's father is a sports star and an all around great guy. At least that's what the public thinks. The truth is that he is emotionally and phyically abusive to Franky's mom, sister and herself. When Franky's mom disappears, Franky has to decide if she is brave enough to tell the truth
athenamilis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Freaky Green Eyes by Joyce Carol Oates is a truly suspenseful book. It begins with a family on the verge of divorce and ends with the mother being murdered by what turns out to be an abusive psychotic husband. The story is told from the perspective of the middle child, Franky. It is sad how the reader realizes what is going on before the characters do. This is what keeps up the suspense. I plan to suggest this book as pleasure reading in my high school English classroom. It is written in a fairly straightforward manner---not too many of those tricky literary devices. Students may be put off by the length, but once they get into it, I think they'll enjoy the mystery as I did.
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the_other More than 1 year ago
I would say that this book took me by surprise. It was so realist to the point where you wish you were there to yell at the characters and scream, "what are you thinking" or "What are you doing!" Freaky Green Eyes depicts the life of Franky, the main character. This is a story about the hardest part of her life. I would like to say that she is "waking up to reality." I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It is a little taste of how things could be much worse and what some people have to live threw every day.
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Joyce Carol Oates is an amazing writer. This is an eye opening story. I don't think most adults stop to think what the child is thinking or may be feeling when a diificult situation arises like divorce. Those we love may actually be doing more harm than good and not realize it. No child ever waits to see the bad in a parent no matter what the evidence tells tham. Sometimes it is a journey they must take on their own to see the truth. All you can to is stand aside and support them from the sidelines.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Prolific author Joyce Carol Oates delivers yet again with FREAKY GREEN EYES. With a plot that gradually unfolds to expose a family's destructive private life, this book covers a topic touched upon by many but seldom handled so artfully.

As in her previous novels, such as WE WERE THE MULVANEYS, Oates unveils a family that is picture-perfect to the world at large but dysfunctional and horrific behind closed doors.

The narrator -- Franky -- unveils the true nature of her father slowly, shocking the reader by the level of her own denial, but is blunt with her criticism towards her mother, whom she views as weak and unloving for moving away. The reader will want to love Reid, the broadcaster and former football star, as the world does, but something is not "right" about how ordered he keeps his family. When their mother leaves, Franky and her younger sister Samantha have no buffer in their lives and begin to see their dad's true nature.

The strength of FREAKY GREEN EYES is Oates' narrator and manner of narration. Descriptions are scant and to the point, dialogue is crisp and revealing, and her use of foreknowledge keeps the reader feeling "edgy" until the climax. The reader sees Franky's world through the flawed understanding of a co-dependent child in an abusive home. Children in this type of environment react to the truth as they see it, not as it necessarily really is, and often quite illogically. In this regard, Joyce's "voice" for Franky is quite realistic. A girl her age would not be able to handle things any better than she does in this novel.

But Franky's strengths are as realistic as her shortcomings. Her growth as a character begins in the first chapter and continues to the story's conclusion. "Freaky Green Eyes" is the willful, strong side of her personality, first unveiled while fending off a rapist, a side she relies heavily upon as she begins to doubt her father's version of events regarding her mother's eventual disappearance. The realism of Franky's flaws and strengths gives her story strong appeal.

This is a masterful young adult novel about the sensitive subject of domestic violence. Readers will empathize with children growing up in such an environment after reading it. Highly recommended.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The summary of the books plot looked very intruiging, but the book in fact turned out to be horrible for a number of reasons. The first reason being that the story didnt make sense. I would have to re-read pages numerous times to even get a slight idea of the point the author was trying to get across. Also, the characters were dull and unrealistic. Lastly, the book didnt connect, meaning that one minute shes at her house, the next shes at a friends with no descritpion of getting there, causing the reader get bored with it. I would NOT reccomend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really have mixed feeling with this book. I mean, once I started reading, I couldn¿t stop. But, I suffer from a strange disease that causes me to lose interest in a book after I¿ve read it. One of the reasons is that the main character really didn¿t stand out. Her way of talking was so boring, it was like having my mind rubbed again a cheese grater. Also, the books seemed to change genres too often. First, it seemed like a regular teenage girl book. Then, that quickly switched to slice-of-life. Then¿murder mystery? What? Yet, the book was a great look on how the human mind works. Franky starts off as a girl completely oblivious to her surroundings. But, after a chain of events, she has to make some tough decisions-some right and some wrong-and matures because of this. Her mind becomes influenced by her father, and she eventually starts to lose distrust in everyone around her. But, once she reads her mother¿s diary, she¿s brought to realization and becomes the ideal kind of young adult. That¿d be powerful, strong, and not afraid to admit the truth, for those of you who don¿t really understand that concept. So, although I strongly don¿t recommend it as a re-read, it¿s pretty addictive during the first time. So, go ahead, read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really good, it had an unpredictable ending and i loved reading every page of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Freaky Green Eyes was definitely an interesting book. It had a lot of great detail to make the reader really enjoy what they were reading. The novel is basically about a girl who has a lot of struggles in her life. One of the struggles she goes through is her parents become separated and her mother starts acting very strange. I think that a lot of teenage girls would really enjoy this novel just because they really can relate to the main character. In order for someone to really enjoy a book they should be able to really get into it and I think every teenager who read this would really be able to. Teenage boys might not like this book as much as teenage girls, but boys you can always try something new such as Freaky Green Eyes. I will be honest though some parts of the book really did feel like they were dragged on and if you get to a certain part of the book that you feel is that way just keep reading because it only gets better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Prolific author Joyce Carol Oates delivers yet again with FREAKY GREEN EYES. With a plot that gradually unfolds to expose a family's destructive private life, this book covers a topic touched upon by many but seldom handled so artfully. As in her previous novels, such as WE WERE THE MULVANEYS, Oates unveils a family that is picture-perfect to the world at large but dysfunctional and horrific behind closed doors. The narrator -- Franky -- unveils the true nature of her father slowly, shocking the reader by the level of her own denial, but is blunt with her criticism towards her mother, whom she views as weak and unloving for moving away. The reader will want to love Reid, the broadcaster and former football star, as the world does, but something is not ¿right¿ about how ordered he keeps his family. When their mother leaves, Franky and her younger sister Samantha have no buffer in their lives and begin to see their dad's true nature. The strength of FREAKY GREEN EYES is Oates' narrator and manner of narration. Descriptions are scant and to the point, dialogue is crisp and revealing, and her use of foreknowledge keeps the reader feeling ¿edgy¿ until the climax. The reader sees Franky's world through the flawed understanding of a co-dependent child in an abusive home. Children in this type of environment react to the truth as they see it, not as it necessarily really is, and often quite illogically. In this regard, Joyce's ¿voice¿ for Franky is quite realistic. A girl her age would not be able to handle things any better than she does in this novel. But Franky's strengths are as realistic as her shortcomings. Her growth as a character begins in the first chapter and continues to the story's conclusion. ¿Freaky Green Eyes¿ is the willful, strong side of her personality, first unveiled while fending off a rapist, a side she relies heavily upon as she begins to doubt her father's version of events regarding her mother's eventual disappearance. The realism of Franky's flaws and strengths gives her story strong appeal. This is a masterful young adult novel about the sensitive subject of domestic violence. Readers will empathize with children growing up in such an environment after reading it. Highly recommended. Five stars. **Reviewed by: Mark Frye, author and reviewer
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was outstanding. The plot,style of writing, conflict, main characters, supporting characters, antagonist---all of it blended together like poetry. I connected so much to this book! It was so deep and captivating, I couldn't put it down! It brought literature to a whole new level for me. Read it---you'll love it.