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In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard
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I was instantly able to relate to the narrator! I think most teenage girls, especially those who grew up in the 70s and 80s, could. Overall, the novel evokes a feeling of nostalgia for a life you haven't really lived. Keen, witty dialogue and observations. I love the depiction of the family dynamics in this novel - so realistic and spot on. I admit the narrator's mother was my favorite character. Two small issues: (1) I would have LIKED to know the narrator's name, but I can appreciate the literary significance of not naming her. (2) I found the scene where the little boy is punished deeply disturbing, and think the novel would have developed just fine without subjecting the reader not only to the punishment itself but also to the unexplored ramifications (for the child, parents and the witnesses, and also on future events directly involving the narrator) of such an act.
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