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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 15, jv poore rated it really liked it Shelves: buried-under-books , young-adult. This New York is grittier, more glamorous, more secretive and certainly more seductive. And much, much more dangerous. I had almost forgotten how much I could enjoy a book devoid of vampires, werewolves, dystopia and magic. This book is raw, stark and compelling, yet; oddly simple.
Most of the story takes place in New York City in the s.
Some of the events are real, albeit the timeline may be slightly adjusted. This is a time when non-traditional families lived packed together in tiny apartments. Young men are lying about their age so that they can enlist in the military, and all men in uniform are heroes. Adorable Irish triplets entertain with skits, song and dance.
Young, talented girls are flocking to New York to be on Broadway, or at least dance and sing in posh nightclubs. Women do their hair in pin-curls, they add a touch of bright red lipstick, and long-distance telephone calls are very expensive.
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- Strings Attached by Judy Blundell.
Trusted family friends may turn out to be very high up in the mob and absolutely nothing is free. Kit is the year old girl, who, as a triplet, has never been alone in her life. Despite her lessons, practice and obvious talent, it is still a wildly scary decision to leave her family behind and try to make it in New York City.
While dealing with these intimidating nuances, she is struggling to define her relationship with Billy, who, after a tumultuous fight, has enlisted in the military and will be deployed very soon. Ever the skeptic, Kit doubts his sincerity. As she questions his motives, she begins to unravel a mystery involving the least likely of people.
As Kit and Billy, separately, begin to uncover a truth thought hidden forever, danger surrounds them each.
Will the truth set them free? Will either of them even live to tell this tale? The answers will surprise you. Some questions may never be answered, and sometimes, the hero has to die. View all 4 comments. Nov 21, Tatiana rated it really liked it Recommends it for: fans of good historical YA fiction. Shelves: historical , , ya , 3 , starred Quality historical YA fiction is almost impossible to find. Just to be clear, I don't consider books like The Luxe or The Vespertine to be either quality or historical. I am happy to know that there are authors in existence who take writing in this genre seriously and, you know, do proper research.
Kit Corrigan is a year old girl who is looking for a new life in NYC after a bad breakup with her troubled boyfriend Billy. Making a living as a performer on Broadway in s is tough though. Kit c Quality historical YA fiction is almost impossible to find. Kit can't catch a break and barely manages to make ends meet until Billy's father comes to her rescue.
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Nate offers Kit a place to live, helps her to score a new fancy job, gives her gifts - all of it, seemingly, for his son's sake. Only, as Kit finds out later, everything comes at a price. Nate means to get some things in return Strings Attached has everything that I look for in historical fiction and good literature in general. Interesting characters, with hurts, triumphs and secrets in their lives. Troubled families and convoluted relationships. And, finally, the historical aspect. I just loved the whole atmosphere of the novel - post-war America, gangsters, chorus girls and glamorous night clubs, the subtle acknowledgments of Red Scare, homophobia and racism.
None of these touches of history are overbearing or introduced in a lectury way. They are just a backdrop for a story of a girl who is trying to pursue her dreams, who has very complicated relationships with her family and the boy she is in love with and who finds herself in a whole lot of trouble. Even though I think the ending of the novel could have been better, longer and not so busy, Strings Attached nevertheless pleased me very much.
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I think this little tale of WWII-era Noo Yawk and the ways it chews up and spits out innocent little girlie-lambs and turns them into less than perfect but still spunky young women is pleasant, nicely written, and completely uninteresting to me. Here is where the dead battery of my interest, unaided by the blown alternator of my enthusiasm, gave up: Could I do that?
I wondered. Could I be that wife, sitting at the table, waiting, always waiting We regret to inform you I didn't know if I was that brave.
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Even for love. I know I'm not. I wish her well on her journey to wifely paradise, but I won't be walking there with her. I can be spotted doing a four-minute mile in the opposite direction. May 22, Marseilles rated it it was ok. There are a couple of main problems with Strings Attached.
The biggest is the characters - I didn't like or care about them. Kit, the lead, is interesting enough, but seems to drift through events with no real drive. I also didn't really understand her relationship with Billy, why it was so important to her, and whether, when so young, she could Sadly, I was disappointed - I wanted to love this book, having previously been gripped when reading Blundell's earlier novel, What I Saw and How I Lied.
I also didn't really understand her relationship with Billy, why it was so important to her, and whether, when so young, she could really feel so committed to him. The idea of marriage coming up between them felt misplaced. Kit could also be any age, which makes me wonder why this was YA beyond Blundell having previously written YA. I was also expecting a bigger kick and bigger repercussions stemming from Kit's involvement with Nate, and never found Nate trying to connect with Billy too convincing, largely because Billy felt like such a flat character. And then there's the ever jumping narrative, which goes from one time period from another.
Even the most patient of readers will likely get frustrated by this.