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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

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Cover via amazon.com.

Rating: 4/5 stars.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn revolves around Francie Nolan, a young girl growing up in a poor neighborhood in New York. The plot of this novel does not drift from event to event, at least not in a way that fits standard plot summary – rather, it flows like fine water, split into five sections that match the stages of Francie’s coming of age. With warm prose Betty Smith addresses themes such as poverty, loss of innocence, and gender roles in a book she claims to have written without any intended message for society.

I loved two aspects of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, one of which was experiencing Francie mature from a tiny girl to a mature woman. Continue reading

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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Rating: 5/5 stars.

Men are Noisy creachers.

In the small community of Prentisstown everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts. There are no women, and Todd Hewitt eagerly awaits the day he turns thirteen and becomes a man. Luckily, he only has about a month left. But Todd’s luck turns against him when he is forced to flee the town after uncovering something shocking. While on the run, he realizes that Prentisstown is far from the relatively pristine and peaceful place he thought it was.

The Knife of Never Letting Go was the seventh book I completed on my nine-night cruise, and the first out of those that I gave five stars. Continue reading

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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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Rating: 4/5 stars.

I am Holden Caulfield.

Okay, not really. I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of all the animosity people feel toward him. He does deserve the hate – he’s hypocritical, judgmental, whiny, and somewhat of a jerk overall. In fact, his awkwardness around the concept of homosexuality almost angered me.

But, as a seventeen-year-old male (just turned 17 last week!) I can honestly say that I connect with Holden. Continue reading

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