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Brilliant, But Beautiful?,
This review is from: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (P.S.) (text only) by B. Smith (Paperback)
I liked this book, I read it as a high schooler and found it intrigued me enough so that I finished it. I like historical fiction, and this edition is so nice for a paperback, with helpful added bio-information about the author in the back. The first thing I like about the story is how the central character is a girl who has a passion for knowledge and literature/writing.
Although this was a coming of age story, I still couldn't swallow some of the things the characters went through; which made the story kind of dark, but not too much. The descriptions of life as an immigrant in early 20th century New York were not so disturbing as to make me put the book down, but it sombered me. I can only look back at this book somberly.
There are some lies that were told in bittersweet ways to make life easier and some truths told in harsh ways that made things harder. Which was confusing and thought provoking at the same time. That's why I say brilliant but can't quite define the book as beautifully written. I suppose it is all a metter of opinion.
Overall, it was a fairly nice read for its' genre. I wouldn't reccomend it for anyone younger then a highschooler, and I think it would make a great book club read.It is an odd but sweet ode to family.