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'''''13''''' is the debut novel of Canadian author [[Mary-Lou Zeitoun]], first published in 2002 by Porcupine's Quill.
The novel tells the story of a [[John Lennon]] obsessed 13 year old girl called Marnie Harmon growing up in [[Ottawa]] in 1980.
Marnie Harmon is a 13 year old girl growing up in Ottawa.<ref name=Qq/><ref name=MentalHealth/>  Initially she attends an ordinary high school, where she is alienated from her peers, who don't understand her angst, her rejection of fashionable clothes.  She experiences unwelcome attention from a male teacher, and when she tries to retaliate, she is the one who is punished, being sent to a [[Roman Catholic]] high school.
It is at the more controlled school that Marnie makes friends, among the schools other rebels.<ref name=MentalHealth/>  They engage in rebelious behavior, like underage drinking, and hanging out in strip clubs.
Her dream of running away to New York City, to meet her hero, John Lennon, is the narrative arc that cements the story.<ref name=MentalHealth/>
In 2002 [[The Globe & Mail]] named Zeitoun one of their 10 "Writer's to Watch" based on ''13'' praising the novel and saying reading it was "like going through adolescence all over again".<ref>{{cite news | last1= Martin | first1 = Sandra | last2 = Caldwell | first2 = Rebecca | title = NEW CANADIAN WRITERS: 10 to watch | url = https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/new-canadian-writers-10-to-watch/article4134697/ | accessdate = 15 May 2018 | archiveurl = https://web.archive.org/web/20180516043947/https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/new-canadian-writers-10-to-watch/article4134697/ | archivedate = 2018-05-16 | deadurl = No | quote = Reading 13 is like going through adolescence all over again. }}</ref>
Ray Robertson praised the novel's sparse narrative style, writing: ''"Whereas a less plot-conscious writer might have let Marnie marinate for 140 pages in her own emotional juices, stewing in the sop of her oh-so-sensitive soul, Zeitoun cleverly uses Marnie's obsession with meeting Lennon as a simple but effective storyline to hang a series of witty observations about the life of a properly alienated teenager."''<ref name=MentalHealth/>
''[[Quill and Quire]]'' wrote: ''"First-time novelist Mary-Lou Zeitoun’s 13 wryly evokes an unavoidable time and place in everyone’s life – the teenage years – without rendering the experience into saccharine nostalgia."''<ref name=Qq/>
== References ==
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{{cite news
| url        = https://quillandquire.com/review/13/
| title      = 13: Review
| date        = 2012-11-06
| author      = Viviane Kertesz
| work        = [[Quill and Quire]]
| accessdate  = 2018-05-16
| quote      = First-time novelist Mary-Lou Zeitoun’s 13 wryly evokes an unavoidable time and place in everyone’s life – the teenage years – without rendering the experience into saccharine nostalgia.
<ref name=MentalHealth>
| url        = https://books.google.ca/books?id=GR6dQqxaE14C&pg=PA40&lpg=PA40&dq=Mary-Lou+Zeitoun&source=bl&ots=c6pmuwrXmC&sig=B3NmItRwl035ZogLR5xQ_FwR_l0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjc7b6ls4nbAhWryoMKHZXcB1EQ6AEwJ3oECE4QAQ#v=onepage&q=Mary-Lou%20Zeitoun&f=false
| title      = The girl can't help it
| author      = Ray Robertson
| publisher  = [[Insomniac Press]]
| pages      = 40-42
| year        = 2009
| isbn        = 9781897414545
| quote      =
[[Category:Novels set in Ottawa]]
[[Category:Debut novels]]
[[Category:2002 Canadian novels]]

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