Saturday, October 17, 2015
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant ~ Book Review
For some reason, I always really like a good immigrant story. Maybe it's because my own parents were immigrants and it helps me to relate to everything they might have faced and went through. I like to read of their hopes and dreams in leaving everything they know and making a journey full of unknowns in the hope for a better life. The courage that would take is astounding to me. I enjoyed this story of family, friendships, immigrants, and trying to find one's place in a world of changing times. Addie was a wonderful character with so many facets to her personality and I felt myself really drawn into her story. Each character was really well developed which made it seem like I actually knew them. The heartbreak of the immigrant story of facing total culture shock was very emotional (as my parents were immigrants too) and the contrasts between the mother who refused to change and accept her new country and in turn the child who was born in America and the father and girls of the family trying to find their place in their new world was very well written. The narrative moves along at a nice pace and I really felt like it was an actual person telling their story which was really nice to me as 1st person narrative is not my favourite choice of story telling. The story pulls you through every emotion: pain, sadness, grief, joy, laughter, love and hopefully leaves the reader with hope.
I gave it a 9/10
Reading Challenge Goals Met: A book set somewhere I always wanted to visit (Boston), a book by an author I've never read before, a book by a famous author,