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
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
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
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
Now 17, Kit has moved to New York City in order to become a famous performer. That means that she is barely making it, taking whatever work comes her way, and paying to sleep on someone's couch. She runs into her ex-boyfriend's father, Nate Bene...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
"I have a picture pinned to my wall"
-- The Thompson Twins, "Hold Me Now"
"I held out the key to him and shook my head.
"'You know the favor I did your family,' Nate said. 'I didn't want to have to mention it.'
"'That's funny, because you just did.'
"'I told you back then, even when you were a little girl, you'd owe me a favor. And you shook on it.'
"'You're calling in a promise I made when...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
Young Kit has made her way to the big city during the 1950's where she only knows the people she works with. While trying to make it as an actress, singer and/or dancer she makes connections with her...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
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
Set in 1950, seventeen year old Kit Corrigan works as a chorus girl in a Broadway show that...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
Kit, a talented singer and dancer, has aspirations in the entertainment industry in New York. She gets a small part in a local production with movie star Jeff Toland. But when her boyfriend Billy sees them together, his j...more
Kit broke up with her boyfriend back home, Billy, who promptly joined the army with Kit's brother Jamie. Billy's dad Nate...more
Kit Corrigan arrives in New York City, at age seventeen, fresh from Providence, RI, broken up with her boyfriend Billy, and eager to prove herself in the theatre and dance capital of the world. It's 1950, and New York is full of possibilities, as well as dangers for a girl like Kit. After a brief stint in a doomed show, Kit crosses paths with Nate Benedict, Billy's father, and a reputed lawyer to the mob. Nat...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