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Folly by Marthe Jocelyn
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Jun 22, 2010

really liked it
Read from June 18 to 22, 2010

The Good Stuff

* Beautifully written
* Written so eloquently and real that you feel you are back in the late 1800's
* Heartbreakingly sad
* Great story for convincing kids to use birth control
* Impossible to put down, you care so much for EVERYONE in the story
* James: I must adopt that boy and give him a great big hug
* Extremely impressed with authors attention to detail and a truly remarkable gift for storytelling in all era's. I look forward to reading more of her works. I have also reviewed her other book Would You

The Not so Good Stuff

* language may be a little challenging for the younger YA reader (Or an overtired Mommy)
* Need a lot of kleenex while reading it -- must stop reading sad books in my office, at reference desk and in front of my husband (he made fun of me the cad)

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I did not know the heart were like a china teacup hanging in the cupboard from a single hook, that it could chip and crack and finally smash to the ground under a book heel."

"Well, you'll not want to know the details any more than we did, though it might benefit mothers forever if young men had a brighter ken of how a baby arrives."

What I Learned

* That I am damn grateful that I wasn't alive during the late 1800's
* Some old English terms

Who should/shouldn't read

* Due to sexual content I would recommend it for older YA readers. (It isn't very graphic though)
* Probably not the best for a reluctant reader as language is a little challenging
* A must addition to public and school libraries

4 Dewey's (Definitely worth price of cover)
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