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Daddy-Long-Legs by [Webster, Jean]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 361 KB
  • Print Length: 97 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1530335272
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UJD63K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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By LVilla on January 3, 2013
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Something about this book just pulled me in and wouldn't let me out; I couldn't wait for Jerusha to figure out what I knew. I loved her spunk, her honesty, her voice. That I would be so enamored of a book that's no more than a set of one-way letters was an utter surprise to me; I guess I feared that it would be boring. Instead, I found it to be exciting and interesting....and a little voyeuristic, actually, because I felt like I really was reading someone's letters.

What was especially interesting to me, though, was the difference between the world in which this book was written, and the world in which I live. Women's rights were still uncertain, yet here is a heroine who finds he independence, who dares to defy her benefactor and dreams of all of the things she might be one day.

I've read that there are some who criticize the fairy-tale ending; I'm a grown woman - married, with a career - and I loved it. I don't read romances or wish on stars, but a little happy ending never hurt anyone.

Read it. You won't be sorry.
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Somehow I'd managed to reach my sixth decade of life without having read this book, although I had intended to from my early years. Now, having read it, I can only say that I loved the story from beginning to end, and can find no fault! My daughters are horrified to learn that I have only just read it, and my grand-daughters have already enjoyed the book at 14 and 11 years of age. Yet we are all agreed, despite the wide disparity in our ages, that it ticks all the boxes for those of the female gender!!

Largely written in the form of letters from a lonely orphaned girl to her male benefactor, and reflecting times past, the heroine's trials, tribulations, hopes and fears seem as relevant today as when it was written. Her thoughts and feelings are revealed as she makes her journey through school and college towards employment and love. But, fear not, this story is no 'sloppy' romance - our heroine shows herself to be both feisty and funny!

A truly delightful read.
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Originally published in the early 1900's, this peek at an 18-year-old's struggle while attending college was a wonderful coming of age story. Jerusha 'Judy' Abbott had been given the opportunity of a lifetime. A trustee from the orphanage where she grew up, offered her a fully paid scholarship to college. All she had to do was work at her best to become a writer and keep his identity a secret. The problem was, she knew very little about him. She gave him the name 'Daddy-Long-Legs' because she knew he was a man and the glimpse she had of him indicated he was tall.

Once she arrived at school, she wrote to him continually. Initially upbeat, she was not afraid of revealing her opinions. Somewhat brash, a little bit fickle and with a smack of naivety, Jerusha wrote about everything: her petty meanness, Michael Angelo, no more hand-me-down clothes and too much coffee.

And he was her everything: her 'entire family', the one person she loved out of a choice of two people and her sounding board even though his end was silent. He was "her granny", the Thing, her way to practice her French and her 'pretend uncle'.

DADDY LONG LEGS was so different, so unusual, I couldn't help but love it. I especially enjoyed when she wrote about Julia Pendleton and the history of her family! Jerusha/Judy was goofy, refreshing, and most of all, honest. A Side Note: be sure and pay attention to all the distinct ways she signed her letters.

I would have given it five stars except for several minor quibbles that I had. I can't tell you my quirky reasons because it will give away the story and I want you to read it! Just keep chanting to yourself: it was written in the early 1900s, it was written in the early 1900s,....
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Jerusha Abbott is an orphan that was raised in the John Grier Home. The home has allowed her to stay one year past the normal time that orphans can stay but she works hard for her keep. Jerusha is surprised and excited when one of the Trustee's of the home decides to send her to college. Two things he asks in return; that he remain anonymous, and that Jerusha will write to him of her progress.

The rest of the book is Jerusha's letters to her benefactor whom she has dubbed "Daddy-Long-Legs" because of the long shadow she saw of him the day he offered to pay for her college. Jerusha starts her freshman year of college full of excitement and trepidation, as the years go on we see her mature into a very intelligent, fun-loving, independent young woman.

The entire time I was reading this I had flashbacks to reading this book: Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

I thoroughly enjoyed both books! There is just something about a mystery benefactor setting out to make a poor orphan girl have a better life and ultimately develop a romance between the two. Ooops, that may be a bit spoiler-ish, but I think both books have their own unique characters that make them different enough to warrant reading both. I first heard about Daddy-Long-Legs in a Mother Daughter Book Club(by Heather Vogel Frederick) story and have wanted to read it ever since. Then I saw it on Amber Stokes' blog Seasons of Humility for a Top Ten post and decided I must read it NOW. Again, I was not disappointed. I enjoyed reading how Jerusha matured as time went on, and I enjoyed her letters to her benefactor, she shared everything both good and bad with him. She even shared her frustration with him being anonymous and never writing her or responding to her. A sweet story that I was totally satisfied I finally got around to reading.
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