History Lesson for Girls
In her follow-up to the critically acclaimed novel The Anxiety of Everyday Objects, Aurelie Sheehan presents a moving coming-of-age story set in the disturbingly reckless and often hilariously tacky 1970s. In 1975, Alison Glass, age thirteen, moves to Connecticut with her bohemian parents and her horse, Jazz. Shy, observant, and in a back brace for scoliosis, Alison finds...more
This is a great escape into a tale that is both light enough for a weekend read and intelligent enough that you won't feel you've squandered your time.
History Lesson for Girls is somewhat emotionally engrossing, and definitely a quick, engaging read, but I found that the really dramatic topics (parents who scre ...more
This threat was always kind of vague. My parents made it sound really awful, and I ...more
Great writing throughout, sprinkled with gems:
"By the time we made it back to the kitchen, smoke was billowing from the oven: another platter of hors d'ouevres destroyed by circumstance."
I despised the parents of both Alison and Kate- I mean, I don't think you're supposed to like them (the author personified them with the easy parenting style of the 70's for a reason), but I had trouble trucking through some of the more frustrating parts of the n ...more
1) I liked the realistic (and searing) way adolescent meanness was depicted; I think this is the first book in a LONG time that has made me remember what it was like to be in middle school and how mean people could be. (Including, of course *cringe* me.)
2) I liked how it was set in the 70s, and how it made me think about how different (or not) it would have been to grow up then instead of the early 90s.
3) I liked the crazy parents. Mine are so boring and normal, th ...more
Book club went really well with this book - it was far more tragic than I had anticipated (the book, not the club), but was a cool look at how a friendship changes.
It was super cool because they were growing up in Connecticut (like me) and there were lots of things in there that brought me right back to growing up up there. Tigerlilies being everywhere was one of those things, but there were many many.
I wasn't sure about the girl's story interlaced ...more
Allison is a young girl who has debilitating scoliosis that requires her to wear an ugly brace. Her hippie parents move her to a ritzy town in Connecticut where she is constantly tormented by her peers. She winds up meeting Kate, a girl who has decent social standing. Together, they become best friends who plan to open a horse riding school together in the future. That's really it. Kate's parents are c ...more
Overall, this book was too traumatic for me (drugs, affairs, crazy abusive father)...but it did hold my attention and keep me awake while I read it. I liked it, but wouldn't nece ...more
I picked this book up b/c the main character has scoliosis and wears a brace for part of the book - something I thought I could relate to since I have scoliosis and wore a brace in high school as well. And the story was interesting, well-written and I generally liked it, but I wasn't very enthralled. It was one of those books where after I read it, I just wondered where the author came up with the idea? There are some crazy charact ...more
The story follows a young girl (in a backbrace for Scoliosis) as she comes of age in the 1970s, and the girl who she credits with "saving her." You can't help but laugh and cry with Alison and Kate.
My only regret was that I got this book from the lib ...more
The writing was good technically but the story didn't have a plot to bring me in, quite predictable actually, and left me feeling depleted at the en ...more
It made me grateful that I am 50 years old.