To me, some people lived in the real world and others lived Brooklyn. . . .
It’s the summer of 1978, and Samantha Bonti is fifteen years old, half Jewish and half Italian, and hesitantly edging toward pure Brooklyn, even if her dreams of something more are bigger than the neighborhood girls’ teased hair. She lives in Bensonhurst with her mother, Joan, a woman abandoned and...more
There wasn't much else going on besides Samantha's relationship with Tony, which to be honest was quite a downer. This story was tough to rea ...more
As a young girl, I lived in Bensonhurst Brooklyn when I was 13 1/2 years old after my mom died. It was a big move for a young girl from Millbrook, NY and I never quite fit in. Brooklyn is like a different world and I moved out the day I graduated High School.
Suzanne's Brooklyn is the real Brooklyn. It is about honor, family, tradition, silence, and rising above. Samantha is a smart, head strong girl who loves with her beloved Grandma and her ailing mom. She meets Tony through ...more
I understand Ms. Corso based this on her own life. As she recounts her sessions with Mr. Wainwright, the writing teacher who unfailingly praised her articles, I find it hard to believe that this part of the story was true.
There were several incidences of grammatical errors and the author's editors did her no favors. By the way, the w ...more
Brooklyn Story by Suzanne Corso is the story of Samantha, a young girl growing up in Brooklyn in the late 1970s, desperate to escape across the bridge into what she knows will be a better life. But then, at 15, she meets Tony, a local Brooklyn Boy with ties to the local mob.
I was intrigued by the idea of this book, but unsure what to expect. The book mirrors experiences in the authors own life- growing up in Brooklyn and living ...more
Here this is a book that showcases the sweetness of life but is no stranger to the disappointments in life. Its a blunt novel of those held aspirations in life that easily be lost when we let ourselves forget ourselves. An eye-opening novel with some beauty. Have to recommend so much outright. Don't believe would disappoint a reader who picks it up.
Samantha Bonti is a young woman living in Brooklyn during 1970's when its a ...more
Samantha, "Sam" is half-Jewish, half-Catholic and lives in a predominantly Catholic, Italian neighborhood. She is sometimes shunned by these neighbors. Luckily, when she begins high school, she meets Janice Caputo on the bus stop. Janice is a senior at the school and street savvy. She becomes ...more
Samantha wants to get out of town and make something of herself, hopefully a writ ...more
This book is wonderfully researched. The depth of the story lies in the way the author created a real to life feel to the story. A time peri ...more
One thing I questioned was how confident the narrator was. Teenage girls seem to question every decision they make, so I wondered if Samantha really had that much confidence ...more
in August, 1978, Samantha, "Sam" Bonti, is a fifteen-year-old living in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. She dreams of someday becoming a writer and crossing the Bridge to become a success in Manhattan.
Sam is half-Jewish, half-Catholic, in a neighborhood that is predominately Catholics of Italian heritage. Sometimes she is shunned in this Italian neighborhood. Luckily, as she begins high school, she meets Janice Caputo, a senior at the school. Janice is street savvy and becomes Sam's best friend. and that ...more
This was a ...more
Throughout, the author thought she was telling a very unique story, but the strength of it was that the reader could relate. It was very realistic, probably completely autobiographical and had a somewhat feminist bend; expressing the frustration of a girl's coming of age in Italian Bensonhurst Brooklyn. A kind of Sat ...more