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Strings Attached

3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,077 Ratings  ·  409 Reviews

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

Hardcover, 313 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press
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Apr 20, 2011 Tatiana rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of good historical YA fiction
Quality historical YA fiction is almost impossible to find. Just to be clear, I don't consider books like The Luxe or The Vespertine to be either quality or historical. I am happy to know that there are authors in existence who take writing in this genre seriously and, you know, do proper research.

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
Richard Derus
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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
May 22, 2011 Marseilles rated it it was ok
Sadly, I was disappointed - I wanted to love this book, having previously been gripped when reading Blundell's earlier novel, What I Saw and How I Lied.

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
"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
Lori (Pure Imagination)
Apr 16, 2011 Lori (Pure Imagination) rated it it was amazing
When I opened this book, I don't know what exactly I was expecting, but it wasn't the trilling wild ride that I found! This is a fantastic unputdownable book! Strings Attached is full of twists and turns and I never saw any of them coming.

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
Sep 14, 2012 Sandra rated it it was amazing
Kit Corrigan is a triplet whose mother died giving birth. She's a complex and fascinating character as are all of Blundell's creations in this book. Kit falls in love with dance at a young age, feeling its call to her core. She thinks in terms of dance movements and she falls in love as if she's the heroine in a tragic ballet.

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
Dec 09, 2010 Shannon rated it really liked it
Quickie: Strings Attached caught me by surprise. It was a treat to read.

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
Jan Blazanin
Apr 14, 2014 Jan Blazanin rated it really liked it
In 1950, Kit Corrigan quits high school and leaves her home in Providence, Rhode Island for a career on Broadway. When the musical she has a small part in ends, she's without a job and a place to stay. Then Nate Benedict, a mob-connected lawyer who's the father of her boyfriend Billy, offers her an apartment and an audition for a job as a Lido girl in one of New York's most famous nightclubs. Kit knows she's a fool to accept his help, but tells herself it's just until she lands another Broadway ...more
Oct 24, 2010 FragmentsofInk rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, ya, arc, favs, recommend
There aren't words to describe how unbelievably amazing this book is. Judy Blundell is undeniably a fantastic writer...seamlessly transitioning between present and past events in order to deliver a gripping story, packed with love, jealousy, deceit and intrigue...a story in which the conclusion unravels piece by piece before your eyes. I can't think of an emotion that I didn't experience while reading Strings Attached. Judy Blundell brings to life the nightclubs and theaters of NYC during the ea ...more
Jan 09, 2011 Suzanne rated it liked it
Submitted a review for this to School Library Journal, and I believe the book comes out in March.

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
Nov 26, 2010 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
Judy Blundell knows how to capture a setting and a mood and put in a bottle to sell. What I Saw and How I Lied had it and now Strings Attached has it too - absolute ambiance. Gangsters, murder, chorus girls and true love in New York 1950. Kit Corrigan has a dream and she won't let anything stand in her way - not even true love. It is too late when she realizes that she can't have it all. She has already made a deal with the crooked lawyer who just happens to be her boyfriend's father. It is that ...more
Apr 25, 2011 Gemma rated it liked it
In theory, this book has it all.

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
Kat Heckenbach
Nov 17, 2015 Kat Heckenbach rated it really liked it
Four and a half stars is what I'd actually give this book if I could. It's not a five-star because it didn't blow my mind like some other YA books I've read, but it deserves that extra half-star for being unexpectedly good. I received this as an advanced copy and was a bit skeptical. The setting ranges from the late 1930's to 1950, with most of the action in the latter. I'm not much into historical novels, to be honest, but something about the writing grabbed me from the very beginning, so I gav ...more
May 22, 2011 Lucy rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Strings Attached a lot, and it’s one of the best I’ve read in the YA historical fiction genre. I was swept up in the story immediately and captivated with the details of Kit’s life in New York during the Korean War. The historical details are obviously well researched and transported me to another time and place. I felt like I was watching a film noir as the scandalous story unfolded.

Kit is on the one hand very mature to be able to handle life alone in New York. But at the same time sh
Mar 13, 2011 Jenny rated it it was amazing
After a big family fight, Kit Corrigan drops out of school and decides to leave home and move to New York to pursue her dreams of becoming a star. So far it hasn’t been as she expected. She’s got a job as a chorus girl in a play that’s going nowhere and after moving from one rooming house to another, she’s sleeping on her friends couch. That is until she runs into Nate Benedict, the father of her ex-boyfriend Billy who puts her up in a nice apartment and gets her in the door for a swanky new job ...more
Jun 07, 2011 Christi rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I have to be honest here. I did not love this book. I didn't think Kit was that great of a character, so I couldn't really care about her too much. She didn't appear to be too bright (esp. in the common sense department) and she didn't appear to have too much of a personality. I felt that she was stringing Billy along while she tried to decide if there was something better out there. Apparently she was good looking, and apparently redheads are pretty hard to come by in 1950 New York, so that mus ...more
Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads
Feb 24, 2011 Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads rated it it was amazing
After enjoying Judy Blundell's What I Saw and How I Lied, I already had a feeling I would enjoy Strings Attached as well... but what I was not expecting was to be blown away! Reading Strings Attached was like taking a step back in time to an era completely unlike our own. Details about the time period- mostly from the late 1940's to 1950 in the fall- are just so effortlessly woven into the story that it was simply difficult to tell fact from fiction! Judy Blundell has written a beautiful, poigna ...more
Mar 25, 2011 Sara rated it liked it
Strings Attached by Judy Blundell follows Kit a performer who gets herself entangled in the mob. Kit is working as a chorus girl when she is approached by the father of her ex-boyfriend. He offers to put her up in an apartment if she is willing to contact his son at boot camp and keep him informed as to how he is doing. He then gets her a job as a Lido Doll at a famous night club and things slowly spiral out of control.

While a enjoyed this piece of historical fiction I had major problems with th
Cathy/The Crazy Bookworm
Mar 16, 2011 Cathy/The Crazy Bookworm rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"Things made sense here because nobody cared--If you were hot, you chopped off you shirtsleeves; if you were tired, you drank a pot of coffee; if your heart was broken, you went out that night and sang the pieces of your heart out onstage. Easy" -Kit Corrigan

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
Kit Corrigan, one of the Corrigan Three (a set of triplets born in the 1930s), leaves her family and life in Providence, Rhode Island to make a career for herself as an actress and dancer in New York City. After a bit part in a Broadway play wraps up, Kit is floundering. Her boyfriend's father, Nate Benedict, offers her an apartment and a job as a dancer in a popular night club. Unfortunately, he's a mob lawyer and naive Kit doesn't realize that accepting his offer will come with "strings attach ...more
nancy (The Ravenous Reader)
Mar 13, 2011 nancy (The Ravenous Reader) rated it it was amazing
With a new novel now set in the 1950's proceeding author Judy Blundell's National Book Award winner, What I Saw and How I Lied, Strings Attached proves to be just as suspensful, well detailed and beautifully written. A slow building story that pulls you in and holds your attention until the very end.

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
Holly Frabizio
Strings Attached is the an exciting and somewhat tragic story of a young girl trying to find Broadway success and love in New York City in the 1950's. The book was listed as young adult historical fiction but could be categorized in a few different genres of young adult fiction. I found it to be a romantic crime novel that was reminiscent of the Damon Runyon based Guys and Dolls. Blundell captures the language and distinctive style of the 1950's New York. The young protagonist, Kit Corrigan is c ...more
May 03, 2011 Susan rated it it was ok
Strings Attached is a combination noir and family melodrama. It will take an astute reader to keep up with the flashbacks that eventually come together to form a full picture of the many connections between the Benedicts and the Corrigans.

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
Kay Mcgriff
Dec 10, 2012 Kay Mcgriff rated it it was amazing
I loved What I Saw and How I Lied when I first iPad it. I was so excited when I saw that Judy Blundell had another book out. I grabbed Strings Attached off the shelf and didn’t let it’ll till I had read the last page. Here are just some of the things I loved about it:

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
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
Jul 05, 2011 Cassi aka Snow White Haggard rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, read-in-2011
Not as good as What I Saw And How I Lied by Judy Blundell but still quite good.

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
Mar 27, 2011 Carol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
This book is a winner. I loved being taken back to the early 1950s with curls being set with bobby pins and rayon scarves. The Red Scare was heating up then with actors and writers with suspicious backgrounds being blacklisted. A nuclear bomb seemed imminent and bomb shelters are being built.

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
Jun 21, 2011 Madison rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book. I liked the premise and the characters and then I got to the end. I always knew Billy was going to die. The author had kit spend too much time dwelling on it for it not to happen. How and why it happened seemed pointless. This was supposed to be Kit's story about her trying to make it in New York and I feel like Nate Benedict just took over. I was fine with both Billy and the other character (this death wasn't so obvious to me so I'll leave the name out) dying althoug ...more
Aug 31, 2011 Aaron rated it it was amazing
I quickly became a fan of Blundell after reading her first novel for teens, What I Saw and How I Lied, which won the National Book Award for Youth. She really writes great noir novels for teens, which is pretty much unique from what I can tell. I love them and can't put them aside.

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
Reading Teen
Feb 15, 2012 Reading Teen rated it it was ok
I try not to read the blurb on the book jacket before I read a book. I prefer to discover the story myself without being influenced by the summary. The picture on the book jacket and the title, 'Strings Attached', were enough to spark my interest. 'Strings Attached' gives an interesting view of New York City in 1950. It is not often we get a glimpse of the underworld of the mid-20th century with the Korean War in the background. The story involves secrets and lies that bind two families together ...more
Feb 02, 2012 Rosemarie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I was astonished at the quality and complexity of this story set in the early 1950s, and classified as young adult. Without overt sex or profanity, the author tells a gripping, slightly gritty story of a young girl’s search for fame and fortune gone terribly awry.

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
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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
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