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Good Graces

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,246 ratings  ·  199 reviews
Lesley Kagen returns with the sequel to her New York Times bestselling debut, Whistling in the Dark.

Whistling in the Dark captivated readers with the story of ten-year-old Sally O'Malley and her sister, Troo, during Milwaukee's summer of 1959. The novel became a New York Times bestseller and was named a Midwest Honor Award winner.

In Good Graces, it's one year later, and a
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Dutton
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Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Audiobook narrated by Lesley Kagen 10h

The sequel to Whistling in the Dark and set a year later in the summer of 1960. Nothing better than having the author narrating their own book.

Sisters Sally and Troo O'Malley are dealing with the recent engagement of their mother and a series of exciting events in their Milwaukee neighbourhood. I was a big fan of Whistling in the Dark and I feel that Lesley Kagen wanted to return her fans to these wonderful characters. However, I didn't like it as much as bo
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
I have to say that the wait for Good Graces was definitely worth it. I was able to read a galley of the book and was blown away at how good it was. I absolutely loved Whistling in the Dark and was anxiously awaiting the sequel . When reading Whistling in the Dark I felt like I was transported in time and that I became part of the O'Malley sisters lives. To be able to revisit these girls again in Good Graces was a gift that Kagen delivered with a giant bow. This is by far one of the greatest sequ ...more
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Unpredictable and an awful lot like a fun time. Sally is the narrator and Sally is telling the story in her 12 year old voice. She captures the time period, the tone, and the innocence so well! Absolutely loved the Point of view, each character and the way Sally describes each character. Politically incorrect language of the 1970's, it is not offensive but consistent with the way people talked.

I loved every single character and the way they presented themselves to Sally. I loved the Pollacks, B
Rochelle Staab
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
I'm grinning from ear to ear. Fortunate to have an advance, I finished GOOD GRACES in a marathon two day read. The themes in the story are delicious – Kagen pokes at the ugly truths everyone conveniently hid back in 1960s Milwaukee. Never wanted to put the story down, never did. The pacing was riveting (one more chapter then lunch, no, one more chapter then bed, go to bathroom when this chapter ends.) I always enjoy Kagen’s voice and her stream of consciousness style.

I was so happy to be with t
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get this book from Netgalley and didn't realise it was a sequel so had to buy and read the first book before I read this. Although I didn't like it quite as much as Whistling in the Dark, I still loved Good Graces. The cast of characters are what really makes the book - the heroine Sally O'Malley and her sister Troo, their friends, neighbours and parents all make the book warm and a pleasure to read. Once again the author really makes Sally come alive with her funny one lin ...more
Jun 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2011
9/3: Started last night; I am so ridiculously excited for this book. I have quite the soft spot for the O'Malley sisters, especially since they live in Wisconsin, close to where I grew up.

9/14: Oh Lesley Kagen, how can I thank you for this series? I'd love to give this book 10 stars. I adore Sally & Troo and I can only hope that there will be more. It took me a while to finish because I wanted to savor it. I definitely will re-read it.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own
Troo & Sally are back in this second story. Was waiting for big surprises like the first book, Whistling in the Dark, but not the case. the first book was fabulous, this one just okay.
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a charming story told from the perspective of an 11-year-old in 1960. I enjoyed the story and the insights into relationships that were skillfully shown and not narrated to the reader. I have a few nits: 1) the use of cliches was overdone to the point of being annoying and unnatural. It was funny at first, charming, but it was too unbelievable that one kid that age would use nearly every one known to man at that period of time. 2) The voice of Sally was inconsistent for a girl that age, ...more
McGuffy Morris
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Lesley Kagen continues the story of Sally O’Malley and her sister Troo, from her bestselling novel Whistling in the Dark. However, to simply call this a sequel, while the transition is seamless, does not do this book justice. Good Graces has its own story to tell.

It is one year later in 1960 Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A year in the life of the O’Malley sisters has seen many changes. While home life is more secure, both girls are still grieving the sudden loss of their father a year ago. Ever the goo
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
When I finished Good Graces I intended to write a review - but I couldn't. I'm not sure why, I guess it was "writer's block" - but it was also because I couldn't sort out my feelings about the story. I still find it difficult to put into words because so much of my love of the book is about how it made me feel as I read it. For awhile I thought I was disappointed in Troo and Sally's mother. Given the danger of the previous summer (depicted in "Whistling in the Dark") I just couldn't understand h ...more
Maggie Bryan
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I re-read Whistling in the Dark prior to reading this sequel and I have to say that the sequel is better than the original novel. I really enjoyed hanging with the O'Malley girls once again. Lesley Kagen has a terrific memory for the times she writes about. Having lived through those times myself, I was frequently caught up with a detail that made me say, "Wow, I had forgotten about that." The time spent with Sally and Troo O'Malley is as satisfying as the best comfort food you can think of.
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the sequel to Whistling In The Dark, which I have not read. Even though I didn't read the first book, I could understand and follow everything going on. It starts out with Sally being in her 60's, telling the story of what happened in the summer of 1960- where someone was buried that only her and her sister knew about. Sally feels obligated to watch Troo and keep her out of trouble. It not only causes her to give up her free time, but lose sleep. Sally also finds out that her deceased fa ...more
Ellen Stutzman
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"Good Graces" by Lesley Kagen - I just spent the better part of today reunited with dear friends, living in the Washington Park area of Milwaukee, WI. in the 1960s. The unforgettable characters & clever twists of plot kept me reading voraciously...not wanting to miss a thing.

The ending was...Oh, you will have to read "Good Graces" to find out for yourself!! This sequel to "Whistling in the Dark" reminds me of the imagination at work in a 12 year old girl's mind, as a long hot summer stretche
May 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of being an early reader of Good Graces, Lesley Kagen's sequel to her first novel, Whistling in the Dark. The continuation of the story of the wise and wonderful O'Malley sisters, Sally and Troo from Milwaukee, Wisconsin is endearing, and heart-warming and will not to be forgotten by Lesley's fans. Trust me, you will not be able to put it aside once you open the beautifully designed cover and immerse yourself in this September, 2011 release. You will find your questions about ...more
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of books that take place in the past
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free from goodreads first reads. I loved this book.It was set in 1960. The narrator is a young girl (Sally) and her innocence shows through in her story telling and made me smile. Her little sister Troo is a handful and I admit had me actually laugh out loud. This book has well developed characters. The main characters are all likeable. This is a sequel, but it can stand alone as well. My only gripe about this book is that I didn't read the first one but I intend to fix ...more
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Lesley Kagen's descriptions in Good Graces are amazing! You will feel as though you are in the Milwaukee neighborhood with Troo and Sally O'Malley! When I was a little girl we always went to see Sampson the gorilla at the Milwaukee Zoo. When Lesley wrote about the girls' visit with Sampson I felt the excitement that I used to feel so many years ago when I went to see him. This is a "keep reading-can't put it down" book! Don't stop with Good Graces. Make sure you read Lesley's other books: Whistl ...more
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: set-in-wi, mysteries
This follow-up to Whistling in the Dark was worth the wait. Kagen hasn't lost her touch for describing the north-west side of Milwaukee in the early 1960's. I had to laugh, because so much of the social commentary still holds true today in the melting pot that is Milwaukee. The comments about Italians (don't stand too close to them when they are talking- you'll get hit by their flapping arms, the fact they can turn on you in a second)really cracked me up. All and all, it was wonderful to spend a ...more
Mary Kost
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Bravo,Bravo!!!!Lesley Kagen has done it again!! She has brought our two little sweethearts back to the pages of our imagination!! While reading this book you can't help but feel you are sitting right next to Sally experienceing the same emotions. This book is flawless and has left me wanting more. What kind of twisting and turning adventures would come of the O'Malley sisters next summer! This book is a must read!!! Thank you Lesley for your gift of writing!!
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When I heard there was going to be a sequel to Whistling in the Dark I was excited, but also nervous that the author could surpass herself. I needn't have worried. Good Graces is wonderful! What a great book club read! Thank you, Ms. Kagen. Brava!
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great book. I loved how the characters really shined in the book. I know this was a follow up to another book I would like to read the first one. The time and place in this book was brought forth so well. It made me feel like I was in the book with them..
Sep 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, non-fiction
I didn't want this book to end, I wish I had these 2 little girls living next to me. It keeps me thinking on how to be "charitable".
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-love
I loved this sequel to Whistling in the Dark. The O'Malley sisters are quite the pair! I hope this isn't the last I get to read of them.
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
One of the best sequals I have read. Good story teller, good characters, and just an enjoyable read with some suspense. Can't wait to read her other books.
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Not as captivating as the first book but cute. Maybe 3.5 stars.
Ruth Vanderhart
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you liked Whisling in the Dark, don't miss this book. Excellent sequel!
Teresa Gamble
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Audio. Author read book. It was great and hilarious at times!!
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I do not see a rating for the audio book. But, get it and listen to it. The author is a Fantastic Narrator who really brings Sally to life....I have been laughing.
Sep 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Liked it better than the first one!
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE LESLEY KAGEN books! She did it again!
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Lesley Kagen is a mother of two, a grandmother of two, an actress, narrator, celebrated public speaker, essayist, and the award winning, New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including her newest, EVERY NOW AND THEN, which will be released in June of 2020. She lives in a charming small town in Wisconsin in a hundred-fifty-year-old farm house with her dog, Gracie.

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