From National Book Award winner Judy Blundell, the tale of a sixteen-year-old girl caught in a mix of love, mystery, Broadway glamour, and Mob retribution in 1950 New York.
When Kit Corrigan arrives in New York City, she doesn't have much. She's fled from her family in Providence, Rhode Island, and she's broken off her tempestuous relationship with a boy named Billy, who's...more
Kit Corrigan is a 17-year old girl who is looking for a new life in NYC after a bad breakup with her troubled boyfriend Billy. Making a living as a performer on Broadway in 1950s is tough though. Kit c ...more
Rating: 3* of five (p66)
The Book Description: From National Book Award winner Judy Blundell, the tale of a sixteen-year-old girl caught in a mix of love, mystery, Broadway glamour, and Mob retribution in 1950 New York.
When Kit Corrigan arrives in New York City, she doesn't have much. She's fled from her family in Providence, Rhode Island, and she's broken off her tempestuous relationship with a boy named Billy, who's enlisted in the army.
The city doesn't exactly welcome her with open ...more
There are a couple of main problems with Strings Attached. The biggest is the characters - I didn't like or care about them. Kit, the lead, is interesting enough, but seems to drift through events with no real drive. I also didn't really understand her relationship with Billy, why it was so important to her, and whether, when so young, she could ...more
While this is set in 1950, Kit Corrigan is just like any 17 year old girl today. Except maybe a little more mature than your average 17 year old. Her heart is broken, both by her boyfriend and her family. She packs up her things and moves to New York City with ...more
This is a complex tale of two generations of family and friends whose choices spread themselves from one generation to the next creating sorrow and passion. It's about an I ...more
Full: I'll admit, Strings Attached wasn't in my 'priority' pile. But then I saw a Tweet from Literaticat, saying she enjoyed it. My interest was peaked, so I decided to pick it up. I went in cold turkey, which is more fun in my opinion. Wow. What a gem.
Normally I read books with paranormal elements, but it's refreshing to read things that are in the "normal world".
Kit Corrigan is an aspiring actress, singer, and dancer from ...more
"Funny business, a woman's career - the things you drop on your way up the ladder so you can move faster. You forget you'll need them again when you get back to being a woman."- All About Eve
3.5 out of 5 stars
Setting:Providence, Rhode Island and New York City; 1933-1950
Coverly Love?:Yes; I like the vintage vibe going on here, even though it's just a girl and nothing else.
Plot:Kathleen "Kit" Corrigan has always dreamed of making it big. She comes from a poor Irish family who is always down on t ...more
In the fall of 1950 in NYC, so much changes for Kit Corrigan. She has dropped out of high school in Providence and started a career of dancing and acting. When she ends things with hot-head Billy, he joins the army as war gears up in North Korea. Billy's father, lawyer Nate Benedict, appears just as things are looking grim--chorus part in a Broadway show ending soon and the couch she's renting getti ...more
There is a plot. An interesting historical setting. Good writing (though not, perhaps, as lovely as What I Saw and How I Lied). The promise of gangsters and mafia, which, for a reason I cannot explain, fascinate me. If a book says it has gangsters (unless it's current day, baggy pants gangsters) I will read it. Which is why I fell for this book.
It was good. Don't get me wrong. But somehow, it never crossed into great. Ever. It was fine, but I couldn't work up feel ...more
Kit is on the one hand very mature to be able to handle life alone in New York. But at the same time sh ...more
While a enjoyed this piece of historical fiction I had major problems with th ...more
The premise of Strings Attached does not do the book justice. This book packed a lot of punch! It definitely surprised me, I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. There was a twist and turn around every corner, making me fly ...more
After a horrific fight with her family and boyfriend, Kit Corrigan drops out of school and decides to leave home and pursue her dreams of becoming a star on the Broadway stage, but luck has not been ...more
Early on, Nate Benedict accuses Kit's brother of being a homosexual and corrupting his son, and although Blundell drops hints that the relationship between them was unusually close, she fails to fully develop this element. Rereading the passage in the context ...more
Kit Corrigan is a girl a reader can relate to. She wants so desperately to pursue her dream of dancing on Broadway that she will do anything to get there. Soon she is involved over her head with Nate Benedict–mob lawyer and father ...more
One thing I enjoy about Judy Blundell's historical YAs is the role of truth, secrets and lies. They take place in the past--and while that's rich and fascinating it's more just the backdrop to a good story.
Strings Attached is about Kit, a young singer/dancer and aspiring actress who moves to New York in search of her big break. She's also looking to escape from a small town where everyone knows her business and problems. Making it on broadway is hard, harder ...more
Kit Corrigan, only 16 broke off with her boyfriend, Billy in an act of self-preservation and left her family for her in dancing in New York. As Kit learns about the
life of a show girl we do too. With no pl ...more
Readers are quickly introduced to 17-year-old Kit Corrigan. It's fall of 1950, and she has recently arrived in New York City with the hopes of making it big on Broadway. It is not like she has no background. She and he ...more
Vivacious, talented Kit Corrigan quits school at 17 and moves to New York to pursue a career in the theatre after breaking up with her boyfriend Billy, whose jealousy led him to beat up a man for dancing with her. Billy’s estranged fath ...more
A few things irked me, however. Kit is more passive than I would have liked the character to be given the circumstances. That may have been an issue of the era in which ...more
Judy Blundell has written books for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers under several pseudonyms. Her novel, Premonitions, was an ALA Reluctant Readers Best Picks and was chosen by the New York Public Library as a 2004 Best Books for the Teen Age. Among her forthcoming projects is Book #4 in the New York Times bestselling series, The 39 Clues. Judy Blundell ...more