The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
What’s it about?
The novel begins with a question from a granddaughter to her grandmother; “How did you get to be the woman you are today?” Addie Baum is “The Boston Girl” and at 85 years of age she looks back on her life and tells her granddaughter just how she became the woman she knows. The story begins in 1915 when Addie was fifteen and continues on through her life. Set in Boston this tale takes you through time, with Addie’s unique perspective on history.
What did I think?
This book was kind of like having a big old chocolate milkshake. It just went down easy! The story was fast, the characters charming, and the book was done before I knew it. The author could have delved a little deeper with her characters, as they seemed very simple. I guess then it would not have been such a quick read though…
Should you read it?
This is a great book for a time when you want something quick and easy. It takes very little concentration and it keeps you engaged. It is the perfect book when looking for a light read.
“Sometimes friends grow apart. You tell each other everything and you’re sure this is a person you’ll know the rest of your life but then she stops writing or calling, or you realize she’s really not so nice, or she turns into a right winger. Remember your friend Susie?
But sometimes, it doesn’t matter how far apart you live or how little you talk- it’s still there.”
If you like this try-
The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
Bittersweet by Beverly-Wittemoore Miranda
The Paris Architect by Charles Balfour
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3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!