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Brooklyn Story

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  344 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Perfectly evoking the sights and sounds of the summer of 1978 in Brooklyn, Suzanne Corso makes an acclaimed fiction debut with this powerful coming-of-age tale, told from an adult perspective, of family, best friends, first loves, and big dreams waiting to come true.

Samantha Bonti is fifteen years old, half Jewish and half Italian, and hesitantly edging toward pure Brookly
ebook, 336 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Pocket Books (first published December 8th 2010)
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This is bad... really REALLY bad. It's incredibly poorly written and I didn't get past 50 pages of stereotypes and harping on the same character traits.
Dec 18, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Naive Brooklyn girl, Samantha, falls for a handsome guy and ends up moving too fast and finds herself in an abusive relationship. This isn't really the type of book I like to read, I'd recommend it to those who like a very raw, gritty read. The book doesn't gloss over any of the seedy details. Parts were very hard to read, some scenes really made me squirm.

There wasn't much else going on besides Samantha's relationship with Tony, which to be honest was quite a downer. This story was tough to rea
Jan 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first heard about this book It hit a nerve in me. The story is practically my life in fiction. Samantha Bonti is a girl growing up in Bensonhurst who meets a controlling man and aspires to be a writer. That's pretty much my life in a nutshell, even the growing up in Bensonhurst part. That said, I was easily sucked into the story because of it's similarities to my life. The novel so far is pretty good, I won't say great, but good. The only thing that really aggravates me so far is samantha ...more
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I ran into the Dollar store to pick up a card, stopped by the book bin and picked up Brooklyn Story. I'm glad I only paid a dollar for this sophomoric, jejune story.

I understand Ms. Corso based this on her own life. As she recounts her sessions with Mr. Wainwright, the writing teacher who unfailingly praised her articles, I find it hard to believe that this part of the story was true.

There were several incidences of grammatical errors and the author's editors did her no favors. By the way, the w
*Dee's Reading Time Matters
2.8 - 3.0 stars--- good start but very predicable read with too many grammatical errors throughout story
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Maria by: Simon and Schuster
What I Can Tell You:
As a young girl, I lived in Bensonhurst Brooklyn when I was 13 1/2 years old after my mom died. It was a big move for a young girl from Millbrook, NY and I never quite fit in. Brooklyn is like a different world and I moved out the day I graduated High School.

Suzanne's Brooklyn is the real Brooklyn. It is about honor, family, tradition, silence, and rising above. Samantha is a smart, head strong girl who loves with her beloved Grandma and her ailing mom. She meets Tony through
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm surprised at all the positive reviews for this book. Yes, it's a nice coming-of-age story and shows the horrible effects of abuse and sexism, but it was very difficult for me to finish. The plot was slow and very predictable, and the story wasn't well-written at all. The author kept coming back (probably dozens of times) to the image/theme of Samantha crossing the bridge into Manhattan constantly. It seemed to be featured in almost every paragraph. The characters didn't have any depth and th ...more
Ann Frohoff
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me from start to finish. Compelling, heart-wrenching and honest. Tony was such a douche bag & brings back memories of putting up with shit because of being young and in love (too young to know better no matter what people say) and hoping someone will change. This story is one of conquering adversity and ripped at my heart when the deaths came along, calling many of my own ghosts to return. Well done, Suzanne! I look forward to The Suite Life!
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hard to believe Ms. Corso found a publisher for this predictable, one dimensional, juvenile effort. Give this one a pass.
Simi Sunny
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Race Bannon Berns
Despite a couple of graphic scenes, I thought
this read like a Young Adult novel. Very
basic, almost childish in some respects,
pretty much high school age writing.

And maybe it is all true, but I was surprised
that EVERY SINGLE typical mobster & girlfriend
situation happened to HER. Geez, you
could almost predict what would happen
next along the way.

Not very good.
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-challenge
Just by happenstance, the last 2 books I read had domestic violence as a theme; one set in a remote area of Alaska, one set in Brooklyn. Brooklyn Story was an uncorrected proof, advanced reader’s edition, but I don’t think that influenced my opinion of the book. I kept reading because I wanted to know the outcome of the relationship.
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know a book is great when you can relate, visualize the scenes and actually feel like you're a part of the story. Awesome read and what makes it also interesting is that the story-line is loosely based on the author's own life growing up in Brooklyn.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sorry. This feels like a junior high school project. The dialogue is stiff and I don't like the characters. done.
too graphic for me, for the intimate parts of the story
Brian Reynolds
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Great read , great story where you see the Brooklyn upbringing back in the day of when the mob was around
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, review-copy, blog
Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing

Brooklyn Story by Suzanne Corso is the story of Samantha, a young girl growing up in Brooklyn in the late 1970s, desperate to escape across the bridge into what she knows will be a better life. But then, at 15, she meets Tony, a local Brooklyn Boy with ties to the local mob.

I was intrigued by the idea of this book, but unsure what to expect. The book mirrors experiences in the authors own life- growing up in Brooklyn and living
Renia Carsillo
Oct 09, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I gave it 100 pages, but had to put it down. The attempt at translating a Brooklyn-Italian accent to the page was clunky and obnoxious. The main character talks about how poor she is at least once on every page...I wanted to like this book and I feel bad giving any book one star, but this one is badly in need of an editor. I think there's a decent story there, but it's buried under a lot of garbage.
Virginia Campbell
Sep 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Suzanne Corso's semi-autobiographical novel, "Brooklyn Story", offers a "slice" of the savory pie that is the world-within-a world called Brooklyn, NY. Samantha Bonti is young, smart, pretty and waiting for the moment she crosses the bridge into Manhattan and into a better life. Living in poverty with her caring grandmother and addict mother, Sam turns her life experiences into written stories that she hopes will lead to her dream career as an author. Her mother was born Jewish and later convert ...more
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
--Full, non-spoiler review courtesy at Book & Movie Dimension a Blog--

Here this is a book that showcases the sweetness of life but is no stranger to the disappointments in life. Its a blunt novel of those held aspirations in life that easily be lost when we let ourselves forget ourselves. An eye-opening novel with some beauty. Have to recommend so much outright. Don't believe would disappoint a reader who picks it up.

Samantha Bonti is a young woman living in Brooklyn during 1970's when its a
The time is the late '70s and Samantha Bonti is a fifteen-year-old, living in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. She dreams of someday becoming a writer and crossing the Brooklyn Bridge to become a success in Manhattan.

Samantha, "Sam" is half-Jewish, half-Catholic and lives in a predominantly Catholic, Italian neighborhood. She is sometimes shunned by these neighbors. Luckily, when she begins high school, she meets Janice Caputo on the bus stop. Janice is a senior at the school and street savvy. She becomes
Wendy Hines
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Samantha Bonti never knew her dad. She saw him once when she was six but he immediately pushed her away. She's raised by her mom, who has her addictive habits and her grandmother, whom is very opinionated, yet encouraging. Samantha is half Jewish and half Italian and poor. She doesn't fit in well at school, so she is intrigued when Janice Caputo, a girl several years her junior and wealthy, takes her under her wing.

Samantha wants to get out of town and make something of herself, hopefully a writ
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, contemporary
In Brooklyn Story by Suzanne Corso, a half Jewish and half Italian girl, Samantha Bonti comes of age. She lives with her wise and loving Jewish grandmother and her mother. Her mother is depressed, sick and addicted and offers very little to her daughter. They are on welfare but Sam dreams of buying things for her mother and grandmother after she is a writer. But first she has to make it through high school. Her best friend, Janice Caputo, unfortunately introduces her to Tony Kroon. He is very ha ...more
Jan 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really, really enjoyed this book, but it was one of those that you feel guilty reading because of some of the language and content. I kept thinking "I should really stop reading this", but I couldn't. There was bad language, but it didn't seem that bad because it fit perfectly with the story. There are some books that seems to just throw in language for no reason, but everything about this book felt so real and natural. And yes, I know "you can justify anything" which again is why I feel guilt ...more
Val Wilkerson
Oct 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-books-read
I think this should be read by all teenage girls. Samantha is a teenage girl, living with her mother who chain smokes, drinks, is on welfare, and her delightful grandma who always encourages Samantha and gives her undivided love. Her father has never been on the scene. Typically Sam would like to have new clothes, verses the thrift shop buys that grandma alters for her, she would like to have a bedroom of her own, she shares hers with grandma, and she would like to be popular, its not that she i ...more
Brooklyn Story is the story of Samantha Bonti's life from the age of 15 to 19 while growing up in Brooklyn. There were some really good aspects to the book---I found the descriptions of the traditions and lifestyles fascinating. Much of the plot revolves around Samantha's relationship with her boyfriend. I found it interesting although some of the sex scenes were too graphic for my taste. However, it seemed to fit with the overall plot. Samantha was admirable in how she pursued her dream of writ ...more
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is amazing what this girl has gone through and come out normal & successful. I know I couldn't be that strong, especially at that age. I'm glad to hear it will be a movie because I could picture everything so well. The writing is so descriptive and I love the details like the song lyrics/mentions, the clothing, etc..

One thing I questioned was how confident the narrator was. Teenage girls seem to question every decision they make, so I wondered if Samantha really had that much confidence
Vanessa Booke
Nov 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Brooklyn Story by Suzanne Corso is a deep and thought provoking read. Semi-autobiographical this book focuses on Samantha, a fifteen-year-old living in Brooklyn who dreams of becoming a writer but falls short because of the relationship she's in. I found this story extremely sad. Samantha is caught up in a vicious cycle of abuse and although it leaves you with a glimpse of hope, the overall tone is a little depressing. The Brooklyn Story is well written and I enjoyed Corso's writing style wi ...more
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

in August, 1978, Samantha, "Sam" Bonti, is a fifteen-year-old living in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. She dreams of someday becoming a writer and crossing the Bridge to become a success in Manhattan.
Sam is half-Jewish, half-Catholic, in a neighborhood that is predominately Catholics of Italian heritage. Sometimes she is shunned in this Italian neighborhood. Luckily, as she begins high school, she meets Janice Caputo, a senior at the school. Janice is street savvy and becomes Sam's best friend. and that
Oct 24, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was interesting enough and I read it straight through since I have a cold anyway. It just wasn't anything new. A young girl falls in love with a mobster-type guy, and even though everyone warns her about him and she sees what happens to other women who date men like him, she thinks their relationship will be different. She wants to be a writer and change her life, move to Manhattan from the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge and she has some intelligence and drive. It seems like she cou ...more
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