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A Breath of Fresh Air

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  19 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Teenage Brooke and her brother have a hard time dealing with their parents' estrangement.
Hardcover, 223 pages
Published June 1st 1966 by William Morrow
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Kathy G.
I really enjoyed this book. It was written in 1966, so you could feel the time it was written in. Brooke's parents are getting a divorce, she is going off to college, and thinking about what she wants for her future. I remember how it felt to have your future looming and wondering what you will do and where you will end up. Also, mixed in with the story, Brooke was writing a paper on Louisa May Alcott. I liked the way the author intermingled facts about Louisa with the feelings that Brooke was h ...more
Jul 03, 2008 CLM rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
I am a big Cavanna fan but this one is too preachy and the heroine is annoyingly sorry for herself. Nor does she take any responsibility for her depressed younger brother. In general, Cavanna's siblings may squabble but they are protective of each other. However, I like the Concord setting and glimpses of local landmarks. A description of a Harvard party where everyone ends up at someone's parents' home dancing was a bit jarring, and seemed unlikely even in the 60s. Would a lot of Harvard studen ...more
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American juvenile author (full name: Elizabeth Allen) Betty Cavanna suffered from a crippling disease, infantile paralysis, as a child, which she eventually overcame with treatment and exercise. During her convalescence, attentive adults read to her until she was old enough to read to herself, beginning a long love affair with books.

Cavanna majored in journalism at the New Jersey College for Women
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