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A Young Girls's Crimes [Paperback]

David Rehak
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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Book Description

May 2002
Flora wants to be a normal teenager. But her wealthy and domineering father won't let her. He wants to keep her locked up in his mansion forever. Her anger and rebellion grows. The sexually cruel and evil ideas of the Marquis de Sade feed the anger and rebellion, which turn to murder and perversion. She is reaching out for love, every kind of love. But it's one disappointment after another. Rejection. Finally, Flora turns to God and finds spiritual guidance . . . but can she escape her dark past?

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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, thought provoking, incredible! June 2 2004
This book had been on my to-read pile for a very long time when I decided to give it a whirl. I cannot believe it took me so long to read it! A Young Girl's Crimes is a gripping, thought provoking tale of a teenager who loses her innocence in the most disturbing ways. Flora is a girl who has had everything in life -- after all, her father is wealthy and influential -- save her freedom. Her father is domineering and abusive and does whatever is possible to keep Flora locked up in the mansion. But Flora rebels in the most disarming ways. She seeks love and attention in all the wrong places, only to feel emptiness afterwards. In an attempt to clean up her act, she turns to God to find spiritual guidance and escape her inner demos. However, the odyssey to self-discovery has just begun...
I love the dark language in this novel. Flora's thirst for love and acceptance is gripping beyond compare. I was able to feel a great deal of compassion for this character -- even when I found her behavior appalling at times. I like how the author uses elements of Marquis de Sade within the story. Marquis de Sade is one of my favorite authors, and the fact that the works of said author are incorporated in this story made this novel all the more enjoyable for me. David Rehak is a brilliant author and I look forward to reading his other books. In the meantime, I recommend A Young Girl's Crimes most highly. It is one of my favorite reads this year thus far. He uses the sort of dark language that I adore in this sort of fiction. Again, I have no idea why it took me so long to read this compelling, thought provoking novel, but am sure glad I did!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Minimalist style starkly reveals a gritty life Aug. 13 2003
By C. Penn
Teenagers Flora and Bill Darby grow tired of their father's restrictions, seeking rebellion in very different ways. While Bill eventually gets himself disowned by choosing to marry a woman his father does not approve of, Flora takes a very different path. Tired of her tutor's cruel behavior, Flora smothers her. No one ever suspects her crime, but that instance of evil begins Flora's descent into destruction.
Flora discovers her father's pornography collection, her feelings toward love and sex then guided by her father's depraved collection. When her new tutor arrives, Flora explores the world of lesbian love, only to be ultimately rejected. Even when Flora encounters true compassion, her past makes a future impossible.
Author David Rehak's minimalist style starkly reveals a gritty life in A YOUNG GIRL'S CRIMES. With her father's controlling nature driving her into rebellion, Flora's descent into violent and sexual behavior comes alive with Rehak's vivid pen. Flora's desperate search for love from her father, her lover, or even her brother results in a tale of poignant tragedy. Readers will encounter unexpected moral twists and ethical dilemmas written in a poignant and compelling style that it is impossible to put down. Indeed, Rehak's remarkable talent will leave readers eagerly anticipating his future releases. A YOUNG GIRL'S CRIMES comes highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars And the moral to the story is... April 15 2003
Flora and Bill was tired of the sheltered life style they father insisted on them having. Bill wanted to get out into the world so bad, that he willing gave up inheriting millions from his father to do so.
Flora did not receive nurturing from her father and she was so tired of her tutor constantly belittling her, that she killed her and found the nurturing and sexual fulfillment in her next tutorial. After being betrayed by her new tutorial, she too gave up her inherence and moved in with her brother and his wife. Once, she succeed in breaking up her brother's marriage and after he kicked her out. She because homeless and an old man named John took her in and gave her nurturing and spiritual healing.
This is a fast and interesting read, which read like an assignment for a creative writing class. When I thought I knew what the outcome would be, the author's vivid imagination played with my mine with his twist and turns.
"A Young Girl's Crime" to me is an interesting read for book clubs.
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3.0 out of 5 stars MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW March 29 2003
I found the novel A Young Girls Crimes to be quite Spiritual, although there were some aspects of it that I did not like. The books main character Flora Darby, is a spoiled rich girl. Raised under the protective arm of her father, she is kept from life itself. Her father I feel, had both her and her brothers best interest at heart, he just failed in the way he showed it. Keeping both Flora and her brother Bill sheltered from the real world, left them hungry for the normal activities of life and frustration took it's evil bite. Bill escapes his prison, seeking happiness with a woman that his father does not approve of, leaving Flora more frustrated and alone. Bill himself, never finds the happiness and fulfillment he longs for.
Flora discovers her father's secret 'smut' reading . Since Flora is now becoming of age, her feelings are stirred reading and viewing this material. The guidance of a loving Mother is not there for Flora, as her Mother was killed many years before. She has no one to turn to, to discuss the burning desires she is feeling. Her lust is kindled as she consumes the readings of her father. Because of this, a murder takes place in their home and brings about the arrival of another young woman. You find yourself glad that Flora finally has someone to talk to, however, this only leads to more perversion and lust. Eventually Flora leaves her prison, as did her brother. Their futures do not have happy endings and left this reader disturbed.
I think Mr. Rehak did a fine job at showing how lust and perversion can totally destroy a persons life and also the lives of those around them . I do feel however, that he did not need to be as graphic with his descriptions with some of the sex acts that he has in his book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking!
A Young Girl's Crimes is a very thought-provoking and original debut novel. Rehak has a fine sense of atmosphere and storytelling...my only complaint? That it wasn't longer! Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2003 by Sherry Mauro
4.0 out of 5 stars The Drama of Life
David Rehak has every reason to be proud of his first book. I found it to be an enjoyable and full of a variety of passions. Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2003 by Mark Lee Ellis
2.0 out of 5 stars A Good Story In Need Of More Development
It's always difficult to evaluate an author's first work. Such works almost always showcase an aspect of the author's writing which shows maturity. Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2003 by Michael Lima
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone, but I liked it!
A Young Girl's Crimes, by David Rehak, may not be for all readers because of the graphic sex and etc., but, I liked his story. Based on a true story and certainly worth reading! Read more
Published on May 17 2003 by John Savoy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Young Girl's Crimes
I am a Swiss and my mother tongue is German. I must praise the easy style of writing yet the message with so much of meaning! Read more
Published on March 27 2003 by Theo Mueller
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise.
Froim some of the reviews I was expecting the book to be flat in some areas, but I didn't really get that impression from it myself. Read more
Published on March 18 2003 by Sarah Gervais
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Reading!
My sister and I read this novel and I'm telling all my friends about it. I love the simplicity and easy flow. It's very suspenseful and a lot of fun reading. Mr. Read more
Published on March 18 2003 by Meg Gervais
1.0 out of 5 stars Too short, too costly and no meaning
A story like that is time wasting, I felt as if I was reading a newspaper article. I felt sorry for many o the characters, but not enough to be all emotional and cry- the author... Read more
Published on March 11 2003 by Milena Gomez
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I hate to write a negative review, but this book was not at all what I expected. The writing style reminded me of young adult books, however, the subject matter and some rather... Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2003 by Lori A. Oliveira
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