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Nora & Kettle (A Paper Stars Novel Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Nora is a very likeable character. She is strong and courageous, enduring years of brutality and cruelty from her father. It is only the love of her younger sister Frankie and the hope that someday things may change, that get Nora through every day of her miserable existence.
Kettle is also a likeable character. He is hardworking, and cares for his family of street kids. Not knowing anything about his past, only that he is Japanese-American, he deals with a lot of unfair treatment and racism from a mostly white American society who at that time was still dealing with the aftermath of World War II where Japan was the enemy, and still was in some people’s eyes.
This story is about friendship, family, love and the struggle for survival in the harsh realities of life in the 1950s. Even though this is at times a rather sad and tragic tale, there are warm moments where you can smile and temporarily forget the misery and suffering in Nora and Kettle’s lives.
This book is well written, easy to read, and flows smoothly. Life in 1950s America is fittingly portrayed, illustrating the social attitudes of the time, and the vivid imagery making it easy to imagine the sights, sounds and smells of that era. The author has done really well in depicting the bleak existence of both Nora and Kettle, their lives sad but hopeful as well. I found this to be quite an emotional read and was brought to the verge of tears on several occasions. This book was compelling reading and I highly recommend it.
Kettle is a Japanese American seventeen-year-old. It's 1953 and because of the Second World War people don't want to have anything to do with him. He's an orphan and has nowhere to go. He lives on the street, but he's clean, he never steals and he provides food and shelter for a group of kids who need his help. When his best friend gets into a lot of trouble there isn't much he can do to protect him. When Nora and Kettle need help the most their paths coincidentally cross...
Nora & Kettle is an impressive story. It's honest and raw. The abuse is terrible to read about and it made me shed some tears for Nora and Kettle. Sometimes life can be unfair, but Nora and Kettle never stop fighting to make it better. They're strong and independent individually and together they're much more. It takes a while for them to meet, but there's an instant and deep connection. What they're going through is heartbreaking and I couldn't stop reading because I had to find out what would happen to them.
Nora and Kettle are special and I instantly cared about them. I haven't read such a moving story in a long time. It's beautiful and fantastically written. Lauren Nicolle Taylor knows how to write with emotion. The story is sad, but there's also hope. She never makes it too heavy, but she knows how to move her readers. This book made an incredibly strong impression on me and I think it's an absolute must-read. It's an amazing influencing story that will stay with me for a very long time.
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