The Boston Girl (Review & Giveaway!)

The Boston Girl (Review & Giveaway!)

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Title: The Boston Girl

Author:  Anita
Diamant
Publisher:  Scribner
Published Date: 9th December 2014
Rating: 4 stars
 
*Thank you to the publisher for the review copy*

Synopsis: From
the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent and Day
After Night, comes an unforgettable novel about family ties and values,
friendship and feminism told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing
up in Boston in the early twentieth century.

Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were
unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three
daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural
neighborhood, Addie’s intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her
parents can’t imagine—a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and
new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of
going to college. She wants a career and to find true love.

Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old
granddaughter, who has asked her “How did you get to be the woman you are
today.” She begins in 1915, the year she found her voice and made friends who
would help shape the course of her life. From the one-room tenement apartment
she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she
joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair,
Addie recalls her adventures with compassion for the naïve girl she was and a
wicked sense of humor.

Written with the same attention to historical detail and emotional resonance
that made Anita Diamant’s previous novels bestsellers, The Boston
Girl is a moving portrait of one woman’s complicated life in twentieth
century America, and a fascinating look at a generation of women finding their
places in a changing world.

Review: I am going to be honest and say
that this is a book for people who like either character driven novels or who
might like memoirs. Not for those who are driven by a plot!

The
book is told as an old lady talking to her grandchild and telling her about her
life. Because of this it becomes a historical fiction which was intriguing for
me to learn about. We got to see a lot of different moments in the past such as
WWI, the great depression, the flu breakout. It was much more fun to learn
about these times in a novel, and I think this book and it also focused on the
way it affected people emotionally and the country on a large scale. I liked
that.

There
wasn’t too much of a plot here because it was a story of someone’s life. But I
did find myself intrigued and falling in love with the characters. I loved
Addie, the main character most of all. She was a fierce and independent girl
who wanted to please everyone but also wanted to please herself. She had
rubbish taste in men and was also a feminist way before her time – which caused
a lot of problems for her. I thought she was a very strong character. But I
found myself loving Betty, her older sister who quickly was up to date with all
the modern happenings before the rest of her family. She was loyal, independent
and also a force of nature that was hard to reckon with.

But
one of the best things about this book was that all the secondary characters
had me loving them too. Levine with his generosity and kindness, Gussie with
her set ways, Irene with her no nonsense and Filomena with her friendship. I
have never had so many secondary characters that I could appreciate together!

Religion
did play a fair share in this novel. Before you get scared away, it isn’t
preachy or anything! It was more so showing how it was sometimes hard to adapt
with the Jewish ways into America, and how they had to cope with being
considered as “different” because of what they believed in. One person who
couldn’t adapt was Addie’s mother, and this was brought across very well in her
role.

This
book had themes of friendship, a nice romantic battle to finding the right man,
had death in it and also a message of love being worth living. I loved every
moment of it and hope others can as well!

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Olivia’s
Question: Did you ever move to another country and find it hard to adapt?

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