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ANGEL by [Kingsley, Mary E.]
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Length: 308 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"A winsome debut....Kingsley's eloquent prose breathes life into Angel's trials and tribulations."   Kirkus Reviews

"Mary Kingsley's ANGEL is a witty and well-written tale about a feisty young woman's coming-of-age in East Tennessee in the 1970's...Intrigued by the plot and admiring the prose, I read this book all in one sitting, unable to put it down."

-Lisa Alther, Bestselling author of Kinflicks, Blood Feud and Washed in the Blood 

Product Details

  • File Size: 631 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Little Falls Press (November 14, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 14, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0067RFD6G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,691 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Angel Bishop is 13, orange-haired (it is NOT red, thank you very much), and in many respects a fairly typical adolescent girl. She's a little more thoughtful and a little less obsessed with boys than most, but she's still dealing with all the inner turmoil of those years between innocence and the beginnings of maturity.

For Angel that turmoil is particularly acute because she's never known her daddy. She knows his name, has a picture of him, gets cards and presents from him, and she and her mama even live with her daddy's mother, Naomi; but nobody will really talk about him. The most she can get out of her mama or Naomi is that he's too busy working to come home, and everyone else in town clams up the minute Angel starts asking questions. The only person who seems to have any answers is her Aunt Patsy, but Patsy's been locked up in a mental home for years and what she says doesn't always make a lot of sense.
Then one day Angel's daddy calls to say he'll be home for Thanksgiving, and Angel's desire to have a proper family takes her on a journey that's disturbing, liberating, and nothing like what she always hoped for.

ANGEL is, in a word, lovely. Kingsley has a direct, honest style that works well to convey feeling without bathos or melodrama, and Angel is a captivating heroine. She is brave and even foolhardy at times, but beneath it all is her wholly believable desire to have the kind of family she thinks of as "normal." Kingsley has captured the hot-and-cold nature of adolescence beautifully, and keeps her protagonist always perfectly balanced between a longing for the safety of childhood and a largely unconscious drive for the self-determination of adulthood.
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I intended to read Angel over the course of a few weeks like I often do with works of fiction. But the Prologue drew me in, and I read the entire book in one day. Kingsley's heroine rings true as a small-town southern girl, and unlike many teen heroines, she is neither vapid nor mature beyond her years. The storyline is realistic and engaging, and Kingsley's easy writing style and pace kept me eagerly turning the pages without being tempted to skim past the details. I eagerly await her next novel! I would recommend this book for anyone interested in small-town southern culture, family dynamics, or excellent novels. If for no other reason, read Angel to learn that redheads really have orange hair!
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*Spoiler Alert*

Let me start by saying that I really do appreciate the author's efforts. Obviously, I found the premise of the book to be very interesting. If I hadn't I would never have downloaded it to my Kindle. With that being said, I find myself struggling to know what to say.

Against my better judgment I finished this book. I hate not finishing stories, even when I don't find them compelling. I find myself hoping that they will improve or teach me something valuable. Because I finished it, I will give it two stars instead of one.

Never engaging and very predictable, I found myself wanting so much more. I wanted to become immersed in the storyline. I wanted to find myself connecting on a personal level with each character. I wanted to have the desire to keep reading into the wee hours of the morning just to see what was coming and what had happened in the past. Unfortunately, none of those things ever really came to fruition for me.

In addition, there were elements that I absolutely hated. Though not overly graphic, the story includes a near assault by friends, crass references to anatomy and sexuality, descriptions from an illustrated book about sex, a hypocritical-homosexual Baptist minister, a mistreated victim and a child molester.

I am under no delusions that everyone lives happy, perfect lives. I understand, more than most , that bad things happen. I have read books that cover such heavy subjects and I have been moved deeply. However, I don't feel the writing did justice to the circumstances. For example, Angel remains friends with the two young men that nearly assaulted her--even inviting them (and their families) to a party in her home. In reality, that would never happen!

The resolution found in the final 5 paragraphs, as it should be, was the best part of this book. I only wish I had enjoyed the story as much as the conclusion.
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Angel is a treasure of a story which brought me back to a period that still triggers so many fond memories. "Angel" is fun and charming with a quick sense of humor. The story pulls you in to attempt to figure out what is going to happen next. I highly recommend it for many different age groups.
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I got this book for free for my Kindle. Finding that the majority of these free books are better than ones I paid tons of money for! This book was well written and how I feel a girl of that time period would be (not nowdays, but back in the '70's). Being a huge Judy Blume fan growing up I felt a hint of her in this story too. I wondered throughout the whole book "what is the deal with her dad!". I never felt the book was predictable which is unusual with books anymore.
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So glad I didn't pass on this book. For a first time novelist, this is unbelievably great writing. Angel is sassy, naive, daring, and very feisty when she has to be. The characters in this book are all just as interesting as Angel is. This is the first 5* I have given since The Help. I loved it from first page til last and wanted there to be more. Kudos to the author for a well written, funny, tearful, and twisting story of the highest quality. I look forward to more like this one.
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