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Strings Attached Hardcover – March 1, 2011
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Praise for What I Saw and How I Lied:
2008 National Book Award Winner―Young People's Literature
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Romantic Times Book Review 2008 Reviewers Choice Nominee
"Blundell navigates this multidimensional plotline with unique, well-developed characters and insightful dialogue." ―School Library Journal, starred review
"A stylish, addictive brew." ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Judy Blundell takes readers into the mind and heart of a teenager hungry for truth and afraid of what she might find." ―The Washington Post
"An extraordinary story... Gripping." ―The Wall Street Journal
"Blundell doesn't miss a step. This is a smart, complex story with a terrific mystery and brilliant characters. Set just after World War II, it captures the era with real pathos and an ugly dose of reality." ―Romantic Times Magazine
"This beautifully written story is full of period detail, from a post-war New York City right out of Life magazine to a sleepy and sticky Florida courthouse, and its well-drawn and original characters spring to life on the page... this gripping novel would also make a top-notch read for adults." ―Bookpage.com
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So many things about this book were so very disturbing. It is billed as a young adult read. It is quite dark and really very depressing. Even though Kit makes all these discoveries about herself and her family, most things are left very unresolved and sad at the end of the story. Bad language and adult situations would make me very hesitant to recommend the book to any young adult (which can include preteens and teens).
Aside from the moral issues I had with the book, I did not like the style at all. The book skipped constantly from current times (1950s) to past times in Kit's life. This greatly hindered the readability of the book.
The only thing about the book that really held my interest was the suspense of the story. I did get interested enough to want to find out exactly what Kit's "benefactor" was up to.
I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
I'm normally big into fantasy & sci-fi & romance so I was a bit disappointed when I first realized this book was neither. Quickly realizing the plot revolved around a mobster (more or less) in the '50s I was intrigued. By the 2nd chapter I was already engrossed and curious to see where the plot was heading.
"Strings Attached" is an excellently crafted story. The characters are believable and dynamic in their human foibles, particularly Kit. She is both exceptionally mature and observant for a seventeen year old ("Married at seventeen? I had never wanted that. I'd seen too many girls go off in their white gowns and bouquets, some of them glowing, some of them miserable and pregnant. I'd seen them as twenty-two with two or three kids hanging on their skirts. I'd seen them disillusioned at thirty, not in love, not even satisfied, just trapped." p 154), but understandably so as a girl who worked literally since the day she was born and grew up in poverty, and a realistically immature child-woman.
The plot jumps seamlessly from the present of October 1950 to the past, the story and characters slowly becoming clearer and more defined. The cast was so realistic, each character so complete down to their idiosyncrasies that it almost felt like a movie instead of a novel! The tone is more dramatic, suspenseful, and serious but still greatly exceeded my expectations. Blundell's frequent references to people, places, and events in the '50's drew me in as a reader and made Kit's excitement over meeting '50s movie stars and cold-sweats over spying on high profile mobsters comprehensible.
The specific, vivid imagery that saturated the book was part of it's "movie-like" quality. Blundell's language is often starkly simplistic allowing the metaphors to stand out more clearly: "A dark pool of blood on the floor. The eager photographer, angling for the shot. [...] Everything gone, in one bright flash." p 170
A fantastic read; literary skills at their finest; I would personally recommend this book to just about anyone.
Set in 1950, seventeen year old Kit Corrigan works as a chorus girl in a Broadway show that's so tiny that well, she's barely clinging onto her dream and she's pretty much a nobody in New York. When Nate re-enters her life, suddenly she becomes a somebody. She gets a job as a Lido girl (working at a nightclub and dancing), has her own apartment, and gets a brand new wardrobe. Finally, Billy comes back on leave and feelings inevitably resurface.
I'm really not sure how much I can say without giving some rather serious spoilers--which I'm trying not to do. Kit's life takes a series of twists and turns; but more importantly, she doesn't understand how close her family was/is to the Benedicts. I will say that Kit does end up doing some serious growing up within Strings Attached and that the romance--to me--felt like a sub-plot. Well, Kit's romance anyways.
With that said, if the plot intrigues you or you happen to like novels set during the 1950's, I'd recommend you give this book a go. Admittedly the cover doesn't scream 1950's to me although the black dress that she wears on the cover is symbolic and well, mentioned in the book. Kit isn't precisely the most dynamic character I've ever read about, but the normality is a nice change--every now and again. I know, I know, I should be mentioning--vaguely--the ending as well. Pretty much all that I can and will tell you is that it does wrap things up nicely.