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Just a Girl

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  152 ratings  ·  22 reviews
I do not remember when I discovered how my mother died, it seems to be something I always knew, a horror I absorbed through my skin.

Determined, passionate and headstrong, Elizabeth I shaped the destiny of a kingdom.

Her mother; Anne Boleyn, was executed by her father Henry VIII. From that moment on, Elizabeth competed with her two half-siblings for love and for Britain’s th
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Paperback, 271 pages
Published May 2nd 2011 by UQP
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Deborah Abela
This novel begins on the eve of Queen Elizabeth the first’s coronation. She sits in the same room where she once awaited death. As the daughter of King Henry VIII, she has seen many betrayals, murderous plots and beheadings, including that of her mother, Anne Boleyn. Hers was a reign that was long and successful, despite being ‘just a girl’, at a time when girls were considered very much the inferior species. Jane Caro creates so perfectly what the thoughts and recollections the young Elizabeth ...more
Misty
Jane Caro uses poetic license as well as historical research to develop the character of Elizabeth I before her coronation. She beautifully recreated Elizabeth's life of uncertainty, fear and loneliness so as to present the realities of being a Princess. This is the book that will make you stop wishing you were royalty.

Caro delicately expressed the scene of sex, violence and death in a manner that present the facts without the excessive shock value. However, following so closely to the events of
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Opal Lee
I first read this book when I was twelve; now looking back, it is at the age of my pre-teen years that I read most books.
As a girl (with English as my second tongue), I sought direly to receive the appraisal and approval of my parents. To do this, I had to achieve high marks in numerous subjects.
Soon, reading came to be a chore, instead of a leisure activity; for I felt as if I was forced to do it, forced to do read something for the benefit of my own brain and my parent's pleasure.
Though glad I
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Heidi
Looking at my AWW list, I have at least five other books (beyond this one) that I want to review before I finally wrap up and say goodbye to the challenge for 2012 (and get stuck into the 2013 challenge). But I'm going to start at the end with the book I finished this afternoon: Jane Caro's book about Princess Elizabeth, Just a Girl.

Disclaimer number 1: While I really like Jane Caro's public stance on a lot of things, I got into a twitter tiff with her earlier in December, and there were things
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Brittney
This is a Historical novel is about Henry VI King of England's 2nd daughter Elisabeth the I, from his third wife Anne who he executed for treason and adultery. It is also about his son Edward VI and his first daughter Mary I. It in both present and past tense.
Teresa
This book tells us the story of Queen Elizabeth1 succession to the throne. The story is told by Elizabeth and is interesting to hear her tale and to imagine how she would have felt during all the incidents that lead her to where the book starts and ends...as Queen. An interesting an enjoyable read.
Wendy Orr
One of the trickiest things with historical fiction is balancing the tone and dialogue to give a flavour of the period and make it feel authentic, while keeping it accessible and natural. Jane Caro manages it beautifully. This story of Elizabeth i's girlhood, up to the morning of her coronation, deftly fills in the complex background to the period, while concentrating on Elizabeth's own story. After all, no matter how extraordinary her family history and cirumstances, and probably her determinat ...more
Kelli
Really well written historical fiction. Told from the perspective of Lady/Queen Elizabeth in the lead up to her coronation. Filled in some gaps for me on the political scene in Tudor England! An obvious choice for a female reader, as you get right into the head of a young Elizabeth and see her struggles as a female coming into rule. However, I think boys would also be interested in the gory details and danger of this story. As someone who had just come from reading a book in the 'Game of Thrones ...more
Monica
I wanted to love this because I really admire Jane Caro, but it was a bit slow and a struggle to get through. If you don't know a lot about the house of Tudor (I am a bit of a buff), you will find it a bit confusing. It is quite historically accurate and it's nice to imagine this glimpse behind the facts.
Jen
Retelling of the early life of Elizabeth I. As she is about to ascend the throne, Elizabeth remembers the important events of her life. Jane Caro has vividly recreated life in Elizabethan England and her portrayal of Elizabeth and the dilemma of being heir to the throne through the reigns of Henry, Edward and Mary is masterly. A minor quibble; I didn't think that the mechanics of the plot worked quite as well in the early chapters, but as the story progressed, the character of Elizabeth takes ov ...more
Sue Bursztynski
This was very readable historical fiction, though it might be better to describe it as docudrama. The story is told from the viewpoint of the young Elizabeth on the night before her coronation. It's easy reading for children new to history who might then want to go and look up the story in non-fiction form. I won't rate it officially due to some strange things happening with my Twitter feed when two books I'd given four and five stars came up as one star on Twitter! But it would get a solid thre ...more
Nɪɴᴀ
I've read many historicals lately and there aren't many that I've enjoyed as a historical. This one I did. It tells history (history that is accurate) methodically and chronologically with a nice even flow. Jane Caro does not rush the events, and her prose is mystically enthralling. For moments one tends to forget that they are reading. It is a historical structured for YA and definitely entices one to go and look for more about Elizabeth the first. I truly enjoyed it.
Aynab
This book was good, but really sad and depressing. What, however, makes it more depressing, is the fact it's a true story of the life of Elizabeth Tudor. Her determination and strength and her loyalty towards the kingdom long before she was queen! It was very inspiring and Caro weaves a point of view true to the decisions of human nature.
Booknut
Love the Tudors? Love court intrigue, witty banter and the swish of ballgowns? Then the tale of Elizabeth I, daughter of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII, will have you entranced as she recounts her life as an unwanted child and the perils she faced as heir to an unstable throne.
Charlotte Bramanis
an interesting tale of Queen Elizabeth I, although not able to be completely accurate as it is told through her eyes which leaves some accounts vague. All in all its quick and easy to read and gives a different slant on history.
Bridget


Very interesting story. Follows Princess Elizabeth I later to be Queen Elizabeth I. Enjoyed stepping back into the later times. Back to kings and queens and beheading. So fascinating to read.
Christine Bongers
Atmospheric first person account of the young Elizabeth I on the eve of her coronation. A compelling fictionalisation and fascinating glimpse into the life of a great queen when she was just a girl.
Ms Tlaskal
Pact, well written historical YAL fiction, which even besides the feminist angle is a very readable slice of the age.
Jean
This book was actually great. It talked of Queen Elizebeth I when she was girl
Ravana McPherson
it wqs a good look at the life of Elizabeth I before she became queen.
Sophie Dahl
This is a really interesting book about life in the past. I really enjoyed it
Glenda
Great historical first novel.
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Jane Caro wears many hats; including author, lecturer, mentor, social commentator, columnist, workshop facilitator, speaker, broadcaster and award-winning advertising writer. Jane runs her own communications consultancy and lectures in Advertising Creative at The School of Communication Arts at UWS. She has published three books: The Stupid Country: How Australia is dismantling public education co ...more
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