Thanks to Davie's one indulgence, Molly Ringwald movies from the 1980's, Davie believes that sometimes the strange girls can win in love. The Farrell children turn Davie's high school upside down with their money, perception of class, and facade of big city sophistication. Not only does their family own a large African American hair care business, but their father has political aspirations as well. Although Davie once again finds herself a victim of targeted cruelty, she doesn't see herself as someone who has to continue to suffer in silence. When Davie runs, it's both brave and reckless, but it turns out to be the best thing that she could have done for herself. Davie was way too young to run the way that she did, and the limitless dangers that could have found her is frightening. Yet what she finds on the other side is a self made family, a talent that she didn't know that she had, and the ability to see herself as much more than "Monkey Night".
Carter provided an interesting and realistic cast of characters and a story that is entertaining. 32 Candles is exactly what I want in women's fiction. Although the beginning starts off with Davie being pretty young, 32 Candles does not in anyway read like a YA/NA story. Yes, their is angst and unrequited love, but there was not one eye roll moment for me in this one. For me, the best part of the book is when it's revealed that Davie isn't as submissive and forgiving as she seems. She gets hers back in unexpected and inventive ways. Her payback has consequences that she didn't expect and she has to decide what she is going to do about the part she played in manipulating other people's lives. 32 Candles takes an interesting look into the life of a young woman who if valiantly trying to avoid, but can't help accepting, 'invitations to crazy' no matter how hard she tries.