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Boston Jane by Jennifer L. Holm
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Nov 20, 2009

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Fun, delightful book. Not one that was life-changing or inspiring, but a quick, amusing read.

I read a few reviews saying it was racist. Ridiculous! Obviously those readers didn't get a chance to finish. The main character starts out top the frontier with decided views on the "savages" were like, but in the end realizes that all of that was wrong.

At the beginning of the novel, she has decided to go to finishing school to become a lady. This conversation between her and the teacher on the first day cracked me up:

"Miss Hepplewait said, 'A young lady should never, ever, under any circumstances whatsoever, run. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are at risk, it is always preferable to faint. Do you understand me?'

The other girls giggled.

'Yes, Miss Hepplewhite,' I whispered.

I knew better than to ask about spitting or lobbing manure."

As she goes out on the frontier it cracks me up to hear about how she is supposed to be a "lady" and what Miss Hepplewait would think about circumstances.
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