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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (4 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099429195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099429197
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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"A remarkably envisioned novel, almost mythic in its cadences, hypnotic-the imagining is true, the writing lovely" (New York Times)

"'Highly original'" (Publishers Weekly)

"Showing the magic that lies below the surface of everyday life is just what we hope for in a satisfying novel, and that's what Ms. Hoffman gives us every time'" (Baltimore Sun)

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Exciting, irresistible, surprising, Property Of is a brilliant work in its own right as well as a formidable debut for its young author

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Format: Paperback
This book is brilliant. The darkness of the subject matter conveys the mixed and obsessive emotions that often accompany teenage lives. It is not Hoffman's intention that you should love the characters, nor that the reader approve of them but it does not end on a dismal note. It seems that many have missed the entire point of this novel. The ending is very hopeful as the narrator finds her way through the dark relationships of her teen years and emerges with a sense of self, indicated by her acknowledging she has a name of her own. It is fascinating reading and the sense that beneath the girl's attitude lurks an intelligent and far more able person than she allows herself to acknowledge. Teenagers put themselves down a great deal and compensate by 'bigging' it up. This book demonstrates perfectly the mind set of a need to belong at whatever cost to the self.

Excellent, fives stars all the way.
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Having read a number of Alice Hoffman's other novels I was surprised at the darkness of her debut, and of its subject matter, the gangs and drug dealers on the streets. I enjoyed it nevertheless, and though it's certainly not her best novel it's perfectly readable, and you don't have to like or approve of the characters to understand them or appreciate the story. It ends on a hopeful note, but there is a lot of darkness and misery along the way. The theme of a woman being drawn to an unsuitable or unlikely man has been done a number of times by Alice Hoffman, and this is perhaps the prototype. She did it better in subsequent novels, but Property Of is still worth a read.
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A huge Hoffman fan, this title sticks in my mind as being her darkest novel yet. Gang violence and male dominance is the theme, which the title refers to. The women are the property of...the men, the owners.

It is a tale of a girl's coming of age and obsession over someone who leads her life in the wrong direction and her strength to regain control over her life.

Don't let this be your first Alice Hoffman novel and let it tip your favour from reading her others. She is an excellent writer and this is, above all else, beautifully written, even if it really does evoke a sense of relief when it is over and you turn the final page.
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...you were a teenager and felt invincible. Tomorrow wasn't important. It was only about today.
This book encompassed so much about being young & I felt Ms Hoffman did a brilliant job of capturing the turmoil of that time. Her narrator is strong, yet like so many young woman...not so strong when it comes to matters of the heart.
McKays addiction was heroin.
The narrators addiction was McKay....
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As a great fan of Alice Hoffman I was looking forward to this book but I found it rather lifeless and depressing. While her trademark descriptive passages are there her characterisation is not. The 'heroine', whose name we never learn, is unlikeable and embarrasses herself by her obsession with McKay, the leader of one of the gangs. She lets him get away with treating her appallingly in her quest to be one of the gang's "Property" and I don't know if we're meant to admire her, but I wound up wanting to smack her. The rest of the characters, with perhaps the exception of the man who works behind the bar at the cafe, are two-dimensional and seem almost laughable in their cliched roles.
Don't read this as your first Alice Hoffman - see how she went on to greater things with "Seventh Heaven" or "At Risk"!
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"Property Of" is a novel which tries too hard. Set in the crime-ridden back streets of New York it is the story of a nameless girl who falls for MacKay, the leader of one of the main gangs in the area: the Orphans. The 'girlfriends' of the gang are known pleasantly as Property.
The heroine of the story only wants to be with McKay - she is uninterested in the rest of the gang, the Property, or indeed much else. However, you don't find yourself liking or sympathising with her because of the way she lets McKay treat her appallingly. She does get her act together by the end of the book, but for me it's a bit late then: I've already left her to her own devices!
This is one of Hoffman's earlier books so it may be that her exquisite talent for detail and characterisation developed later on. "Property Of" is worth reading, but it's not a book I'd return to.
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