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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Strings Attached by Judy Blundell: Book Review

Strings Attached
by Judy Blundell
Scholastic Press
ISBN: 978-0-545-22126-9
Suggested Ages: 13 + (Some mild sexuality and violence - nothing offensive)
Release Date: March 1, 2011
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Description: From National Book Award winner Judy Blundell, the tale of a sixteen-year-old girl caught in a mix of love, mystery, Broadway glamour, and Mob retribution in 1950 New York.

When Kit Corrigan arrives in New York City, she doesn't have much. She's fled from her family in Providence, Rhode Island, and she's broken off her tempestuous relationship with a boy named Billy, who's enlisted in the army. The city doesn't exactly welcome her with open arms. She gets a bit part as a chorus girl in a Broadway show, but she knows that's not going to last very long. She needs help--and then it comes, from an unexpected source.

Nate Benedict is Billy's father. He's also a lawyer involved in the mob. He makes Kit a deal--he'll give her an apartment and introduce her to a new crowd. All she has to do is keep him informed about Billy . . . and maybe do him a favor every now and then. As she did in her National Book Award-winning What I Saw and How I Lied, Judy Blundell traps readers in a web of love, deceit, intrigue, and murder. The result? One stunner of a novel.

The Good Stuff

  • Wonderfully stylish and intriguing with lots of twists and turns
  • Author is brilliant at setting the mood of the story, it feels like you are right in the story
  • Realistic and engaging heroine
  • Heartbreakingly sad at times
  • story goes back and forth during different years and months, but it never feels disjointed
  • I think will appeal to both mature teens and adults alike
  • nice historically accurate details
  • hints of dry humour lighten the mood
  • Just a  plain classy coming of age novel
The Not so Good Stuff

  • Almost missed my bus stop I was so engrossed in the story - also was almost late for work this morning because I HAD to finish it
  • The beginning was a wee bit confusing  on who was who
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"We pack away lies in that house like you pack away Christmas. We put them in boxes and tape them over."


"We'd learned it all in school, how he'd founded Rhode Island on the principle of religious liberty. Everybody should have their own God and get along, said Roger. It was a nice story, but I was still waiting to see how it was all going to work out."


"Da didn't have much, but the man knew what to do with a story."


What I Learned

  • that the 40's and 50's just sounds so fascinating, makes me sort of wish I was alive back then
  • I actually love reading books in this period of history
Who should/shouldn't read

  • This one isn't for the fluff (nothing wrong with fluff mind you) YA fans, this is style and substance
  • Adults will enjoy as well as the more sophisticated teen reader
  • A must addiction to all public and school libraries - it will win awards guys
4.5 Dewey's

I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review -- thanks Nikole this one was extremely classy

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