SYNOPSIS: 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.
REVIEW: It took me forever to read this book! Taking a science summer course (not my favorite subject) and trying to read was excruciating and sad. Having to stop reading just so I could study was not fun and not the way I wanted to start my summer. 😛 But anyways, this book is about a sixteen year old girl name Kit Corrigan, who moves to New York all by herself. Her ex-boyfriend’s father, Nate Benedict is also in town and he helps Kit get back up on her feet and make a name of herself….with a few favors in return. This novel was a great read and interesting all the way through. With me placing it down and grabbing it days later to continue reading, my interest was still peaked.
The setting takes place in New York, the year of 1950. I usually don’t pick up books that aren’t in the present, but I gave this book a try and I loved it! The world was realistic and it actually felt like you were in the 1950s.
Kit→ was a reasonable character and thankfully didn’t annoy me like other characters. I enjoyed reading from her POV and seeing how she changed throughout the book.
Billy→ I had a love and hate relationship with Billy. He wasn’t my favorite character at times with the way he acted and let himself get out of control. I believe this character grew the least in this book.
The one thing I didn’t like was when Kit was trying to solve a problem/mysetry, it didn’t connect with me as strong as I would have hoped. I believe it could have been more developed to an extent on where it had me anxious on predicting if something bad or good was going to happen.
With this book, you go beyond the war that is happening and are involved in people’s lives as you get to see the problems they have to go through during this tough time for America.
Kit has a bit of a complicated romance relationship with Billy Benedict. The novel would go back in time–to when Kit still lived her in hometown, Providence–and give us information on why she left, why her and Billy broke up, and other informative things. It wasn’t confusing to go back and forth from present to past, but it was interesting to see how everything from her past connected to her present life. Why this caused that and etc.
Lesson Learned? This realistic book deals with family issues, love, trust, loyalty, and truth. The ending is bittersweet. Judy Blundell nailed it when demonstrating how no one’s life is perfect and how you can get though the bad times. I believe I will be reading more from her.
Book Cover: .5
Character Development/Plot: 2.6 out of 3
Interest: .8 out of 1
Imagery: .9 out of 1
Total: 4.8 stars