Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Bowery Girl” as Want to Read:
Bowery Girl
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Bowery Girl

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  139 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
On the streets of the Bowery, you do whatever it takes to survive. This is the story of two "Bowery girls"—the pickpocket Mollie Flynn and the prostitute Annabelle Lee, young women without family or education who must fend for themselves.Two young women whose survival depends on each other. After a chance encounter with Emmeline DuPre, a "Do-Gooder" who has recently opened ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 6th 2006 by Viking Juvenile
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Bowery Girl, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Bowery Girl

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray BradburyThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. LewisThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark TwainThe Hobbit by J.R.R. TolkienThe Tempest by William Shakespeare
Best Books You Found At The Library
125th out of 211 books — 9 voters
The American Heiress by Daisy GoodwinThe Tea Rose by Jennifer DonnellyThe Age of Innocence by Edith WhartonThe Glitter and the Gold by Consuelo Vanderbilt BalsanA Season of Splendor by Greg King
Gilded Age Literature
58th out of 109 books — 36 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 742)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Feb 23, 2015 Melinda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
The stark reality of The Bowery is described in sharp detail. The people the environment the harshness of day to day life. Scratching to survive, the ongoing struggle, dreams so far out of grasp. Thieving, prostitution, gambling all part of the dark environs of The Bowery, nothing out of question in order to cope.

Blakemore crafts a gritty narrative. The times, the limited options in 1883, especially for women, the life and decisions forced upon our two female protagonists is rough, escaping virt
Anne Osterlund
May 02, 2015 Anne Osterlund rated it liked it
Molly is content in her world. Who cares if there’s a dead horse at the end of her street? Or if her boyfriend isn’t schooled in perfect mannerisms?

She’s from the streets, and she’s a survivor. She not stupid enough to dream of more.

But that’s what Annabelle is doing. When Molly’s friend and roommate gets out of lockup, all she can talk about is a different life. A better one.

And she’s even foolish enough to put her faith in the cryptic lady from the charity house, with her sign full of rules.

Book Review originally published here:

In Bowery Girl, Mollie and Annabelle struggle with day-to-day life in the streets of New York at the end of the nineteenth century. The girls live in poverty, and the circumstances they live in are far from ideal. Mollie is the rational, practical type while Annabelle is the dreamer of the two of them, although they do share the fantasy of starting a new life across the river. Both of them have an unique personality,
Nancy Steinle gummel
Bowery Girl by Kim Taylor - Blakemore is a first reads win ad I am hiving my honest opinion. Molly Flynn is best friends with Annabel Lee. Annibel just got out of the toombs (JAIL) after serving 4 months. She was pregnant. They went to the dance hall so Annibel. Could see the love of ber life Tommy. A fight broke out between Tommy's gang and a rival gang. Molly and Annibel went to the bath house.they were changing g the name to the Settlement House where they would teach skillsike reading writin ...more
Apr 18, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it
A good but sad book. The two girls in the story live hard and immoral lives on the streets of New York, dreaming some day of living a happy and safe life. A nearby settlement house offers hope, but will the lure of the streets be too much? I was rooting for them, and enjoyed the period details.
Lana Del Slay
Mar 28, 2015 Lana Del Slay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have liked this more, I think, with a few tweaks.

(view spoiler)
Liesel Schwarz
Jan 27, 2013 Liesel Schwarz rated it it was amazing

Kim Taylor is a true artist and I loved her book. THE BOWERY GIRLS is the story of two girls trying to scrape together the means to survive in the squalid backstreets of New York in the 1800's. It is a small story, about ordinary people but in its own way it tells a story that is so powerful that it transcends time and space. It is the story of triumph of the human spirit. The world is rich with beautifully researched historical detail. Characters and dialogue are skilfully crafted in a way tha
Karen Sjolund
Jan 27, 2015 Karen Sjolund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading Bowery Girl. It's a gritty, authentic view into the lives its characters. The author's use of descriptive language gives a compelling portrait of the fallen world inhabited by Molly Flynn and Annabelle Lee. I was captivated by the way the Molly and Annabelle survived in the depravity of the Bowery.
They are not sentimental characters. For a nickel, Annabelle will offer "a feel" to a fellow, and Molly studies her marks, looking for watches on chains and wallets in pockets
T.T. Thomas
Jan 16, 2015 T.T. Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 1883, as the Brooklyn Bridge nears completion, two women of little means design a dream for a better life. The relationship between Molly, a pickpocket, and Annabelle, a prostitute, is both warm and brusque. In a world where industrial progress and innovation were the apex of success, too many women were left unable to leverage their dreams to escape the poverty, the abuse and crime that made the Bowery area of New York so infamous. And Molly and Annabelle’s “career” complications prove adver ...more
Jul 21, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mollie Flynn was born on the streets of New York City in the 1800’s. She grew up bouncing from charity houses to the streets where she found a friend in Annabelle Lee, who works the streets as a whore. Mollie earns her living as a pickpocket. Together, the two girls forge their way in the Bowery, making enough money to keep a roof over their heads in a small tenement and dealing with the many feuding gangs. After Annabelle’s release from prison, Mollie believes things will turn around; the two g ...more
Feb 04, 2016 Martha rated it really liked it
Fans of the Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz movie Gangs of New York will appreciate this gritty tale of New York in the 1880s. Although the story takes place in the Gilded Age, its teenage heroines live a hardscrabble life downtown far from the wealth and privilege portrayed in works by Henry James and Edith Wharton. Molly Flynn is a pickpocket and Annabelle Lee is a prostitute. They survive by their wits, by their fists, and by counting on each other. The sights, sounds, and smells of teneme ...more
Feb 07, 2014 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-na
I had no idea that this was a YA novel when I read the reviews and ordered it from my library. When I brought the book home and saw YA on the label I wasn't even going to give it a chance.
I am glad that I continued on with this as it was quite entertaining, I think if it had the delth that one expects from an adult novel that it could have really shone.
It is about 2 girls trying to live by themselves in the city. One is a prostitute and one is a pickpocket. The story follows the girls as the
Keri Yee
Good, short read. I loved the bond between the two main characters. The author paints a detailed story of two girls in unfortunate circumstances that try to better themselves, only to befall hardships.
Dana Smith
Bowery Girl gives us a personal, detailed view of the pitiful existence of the poverty-stricken of the era. A quick read.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Linda Lipko
Sep 22, 2011 Linda Lipko rated it liked it
Shelves: american-history
The year is 1883 and the Bowery section of NY thrives with a seedy sub culture of gangs, prostitutes, pickpockets and hustlers who do what they can to simply survive.

The streets are a tough place to live. The tenement houses team with rats. Filth, vulgarity and obscenities reside with the masses. Urine slides down alleywayswhere in dark corners prostitutes provide services which hardly pay for the day's food.

Two orphan teenagers Annabelle, a prostitute and Mollie, a pickpocket live together in s
Jun 05, 2009 Abby rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen, historical
Historical teen fiction set in late 19th century NYC, on the LES. Bowery Girl is the story of two teenage girls, Annabelle and Mollie -- one a whore, the other a pickpocket who eke out a miserable existence on the mean streets of lower Manhattan at the turn of the century. It's a few decades earlier and an entire universe apart from the Luxe novels -- and I think this book presents a more nuanced depiction of teenaged female friendship than those books, which are basically Gossip Girl for the Gi ...more
May 31, 2012 Emma rated it it was ok
Pickpocket Mollie Flynn and prostitute Annabelle Lee are as much a part of the Bowery as any of the immigrants or local gangs that call the area home. Unapologetic and unafraid, Mollie has no qualms doing what she must to survive amidst the poverty that threatens to overtake her every day.

It's 1883 and things are changing in New York City. With the Brooklyn Bridge nearing completion and Annabelle Lee newly released from prison, Mollie dreams of crossing the bridge and finding a new life there ou
Nov 05, 2009 Adriana rated it it was ok
I give this book a 1.5 stars. For me, this book was mostly boring and didn't make much sence to me. Somtimes I couldn't follow what was going on or keep from going to sleep. The only good thing about this book is that it gives the readers a glipse of what life was like for many people in the late 19th century, what many women had to go through to support their families and to survive. For many of these people the only way to suport their families and themselves was to become a criminal or a pros ...more
May 31, 2008 Erin rated it did not like it
This book was completely awful. The writing was terrible, the story was NOT engaging. The novel is basically about two girls living in poverty in New York City, when the Brooklyn bridge is being built. The two characters are both incredibly annoying, as well as their foil, who they refer to as the "Do-Gooder" - everyone is irritating, and you could really care less about them. When tragedy strikes the main characters, you honestly DON'T CARE, and can't wait for the story to be over. I skimmed pr ...more
Clay Craig
Mar 04, 2014 Clay Craig rated it did not like it
not my cup of tea!
Jan 07, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it
Mollie Flynn and Annabelle Lee live together in the notorious Fourth Ward of NYC in the late 1800's. Mollie, a pickpocket, is reluctant to attend the new Cherry Street Settlement House with Annabelle, who is a prostitute but eager to change her life now that she is pregnant.
A good read with great characters who stick in your mind after the book's pages are closed.
Nov 08, 2011 Betty rated it really liked it
A very good read; learned some history regarding the Bowery in the 1800's and the building of the Brooklyn Bridge which I never knew or probably ever thought about and the historical crossing between New York and Brooklyn. The story itself regarding the 2 main characters was compelling, honest, and sad in regards to their faithfulness to each other.
Stephanie A.
Jul 19, 2012 Stephanie A. rated it really liked it
Sometimes I get disillusioned by historical novels and start to believe they are boring. Then I find something like this, and it so completely sucks me in that I forget I live in the 21st century. Oh, and pay attention to how the title is in the singular; it's not a mistake.
Jun 18, 2009 Kristen rated it really liked it
If you like historical fiction, this may be a good selection for you. Great attention to detail, makes you feel like you are there. And even though it is from the 1800s, issues and situations brought up in the story are still relevant today.
Mar 10, 2009 Marie rated it really liked it
Set in the Bowery section of New York City in the 1880's, the main characters are a teen prostitute and a pick pocket. The girls dream of saving enough money to cross the newly built Brooklyn Bridge to move to a better life in Brooklyn.
Dec 15, 2012 Thea rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. There's such wonderful detail here- you become completely immersed in the world of the characters. Unlike so many 'period' pieces- these girls are so incredibly real and easy to identify with. I'd love to see a sequel!
Catherine Siemann
Jul 30, 2013 Catherine Siemann rated it really liked it
A quick read, that certainly could have been better developed, but I'm assuming that's partly the genre -- it's a YA novel, though it deals with some harsh facts of life in 19th century New York City. It captures the world well.
Alma Galvan
Nov 30, 2010 Alma Galvan rated it liked it
My thoughts about this book is that some people in a different or the same part of the world can be living like this.Also this book made me realize that lifes not easy its as hard as you make it.
Alesia Johnston
Jan 31, 2011 Alesia Johnston rated it really liked it
this book was about a time and place that i can imagine. it related to things that really happened, even though it is fiction. some of it didn't explain a lot.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 24 25 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Goodreads Librari...: Changing the Primary Edition of a Book 5 28 Dec 26, 2014 11:07PM  
The Girls 1 2 Nov 29, 2012 06:23PM  
  • The Devil's Paintbox
  • The Kaminsky Cure
  • Brides of Eden: A True Story Imagined
  • The Loud Silence of Francine Green
  • Lord Kirkle's Money (Beyond the Western Sea, #2)
  • Soldier's Secret: The Story of Deborah Sampson
  • The Granite Key (Arkana Mysteries #1)
  • Lydia, Woman of Purple
  • My Own Revolution
  • The Blood Confession
  • The Last Sister
  • Kipling's Choice
  • A Case Of Spirits (Sergeant Cribb, #6)
  • Bewilderment of Boys
  • The Starlight Club
  • Life as a Victorian Lady
  • The Berkeley Square Affair (Rannoch/Fraser Publication Order, #7)
  • Cy in Chains
Kim Taylor Blakemore writes historical fiction and romance that explores women's lives and brings their struggles and triumphs out of the shadows of history and onto the canvas of our American past.

Her novel, UNDER THE PALE MOON, is due for release in Fall 2015. Set in post-World War II Monterey, California, it explores the relationship of a married woman breaking the bonds of conformity, and a c
More about Kim Taylor-Blakemore...

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »