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Charlotte J. Pence, Ph.D.


Your #1 Favorite Girl is a memoir that attempts to answer the question “What is a late bloomer?” To do so, it tells the story of Violet, a fictionalized characterization of the author, and her friendships with five different people: Valentine, Daisy, Rose, Sunflower, and Sage. The stories in the memoir occur over a period of about ten years, but they are limited slices of that decade rather than a complete encapsulation of it. The first friendship, with Valentine, takes place during childhood and establishes a pattern of relationships characterized by enchantment and codependence. The work is meant to examine what exactly “coming of age” is and what it means to do so at a slower pace than expected. What does it mean to be a late bloomer, and what are the consequences of being one?



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