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Allegra in Three Parts

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  450 ratings  ·  73 reviews
I can split myself in two... something I have to do because of Joy and Matilde. They are my grandmothers and I love them both and they totally love me but they can't stand each other.

Eleven-year-old Allegra shuttles between her grandmothers who live next door to one another but couldn't be more different. Matilde works all hours and instils discipline, duty and restraint.
Kindle Edition, 255 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by Macmillan Australia (first published May 25th 2019)
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Sammy Yes! It's called 'A Girl in Three Parts' in the US and 'Allegra in Three Parts' in Australia.

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Veronica ⭐️
This is the most heartbreakingly beautiful story of a shattered family ripped apart by tragedy yet holding it together for one child, Allegra. They each live their separate lives, side by side, doing what they think is best for Allegra but in doing so they are breaking her down. She is Allegra, Ally, Al Pal torn between three adults, trying to please everyone.

“Their unspoken words bounce off each of them but chisel deep into me.”

The story is narrated by Allegra as she handles bullies at school,
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
So many parts of me adored this book! Actually all of them. I love this book!! It’s like all the bests bits of growing up in Australia came flooding back and it was like a little stroll down memory lane. A touching tribute to childhood and all it’s simplicity except when the adults are involved. Allegra is stuck between her warring Grandmothers, she lives with one and lives next door to her other. Although Allegra grows up without her mother the loss is cushioned by the overwhelming love of her ...more
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
The childlike script that adorns the front cover of Allegra in Three Parts poses the question, ‘She knows her family loves her, but why can’t they love each other?’. This is an emotionally fraught and complex question. It is hard to imagine as just a wee eleven year old girl having to split yourself into three even segments. For Allegra, the voice of Suzanne Daniel’s debut novel, this is the cold hard truth. A book of love, family bonds, confusion, reality
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

Allegra in Three Parts by Suzanne Daniel. (2019).

11 year old Allegra shuttles between her grandmothers who live next door to one another but couldn't be more different. Matilde is traditional, hard-working and wants Allegra to become a doctor. Joy is free-spirited, stores her tears in little glass bottles, is heavily involved in the women's movement and wants Allegra to live her 'true essence'. Allegra's father Rick lives out the
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
What a wonderful voice this narrative has - loved loved loved it!

My View:
I am sitting here in my flares, a recent “op shop” purchase, I love flares, I am searching for the musical references mentioned in this novel; I love the music of the seventies.

At the time (the 70’s) I was too young to appreciate that I was growing up female in the middle of the Women’s movement, the liberation. The movement was happening around me and I largely benefited from the struggles of my peers. Helen Reddy’s
Theresa Smith
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Allegra in Three Parts is a truly special novel; about as near to perfect as any story can get. Those who lived through the 70s will enjoy the nostalgic trip down memory lane. I was born in 1977 though, so I was drawn more to the social history and the family dynamics, although there were many parts of the 70s that lingered into the 80s in Australia, so I could certainly connect with Allegra's adolescence on many levels.

‘Sometimes when I get information from secretly listening in to the adults,
Allegra In Three Parts in the debut novel from Australian author, Suzanne Daniel. Told in the first person of Allegra, eleven and a half years old, a child’s perspective isn’t one that I gravitate towards. Either is a book set in the 70s as this one was but thanks to Beauty and Lace, I read it. To my surprise, I quickly found myself falling in love with a gorgeous child and a new voice in fiction that explored family with all its faults.

Allegra is an ordinary, sweet child who carries the weight
Tracey (Life and Literature)
'Sometimes I wish they could just love me less and take what's left over and put it into liking each other a little bit more.'

At the age of eleven Allegra is in no doubt about the depth of love that her family have for her. Her grandmother Matilde, who she lives with, her other grandmother Joy, who lives next door, and her dad Rick, who lives in the granny flat out the back. The only problem is that her grandmothers can't stand each other. So Allegra splits her time between each of them. But how
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gifted
Oh this is a beautiful book! Feminist, authentic and full of heart, Allegra in Three Parts is a thoughtful illustration of the way children can be caught in complex family dynamics, and the consequences they bear. Readers should note triggers for maternal and infant death, abortion, and allusions to/short descriptions of domestic violence.

It's Sydney in the 1970s, and almost twelve year old Allegra is torn. Torn between: her grandmother Mathilde, who she lives with but who shows affection only
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This a book about second wave feminism that my fourth wave friends will enjoy! It's set in Sydney in the 1970s. Eleven-year-old Allegra lives with her grandmother Matlide and next door to her grandmother Joy. Matilde is a strict, tight lipped, holocaust survivor and Joy is a free spirited women's libber. They both love Allegra but they hate each other.

I put the book down at midnight with 25 pages to go, not becuase I didn't want to know what happens but becuase I wanted to slow down and enjoy
Anna Loder
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! What a great coming of age story. I love the quintessential Australian childhood I saw here. I grew up in Sydney in the 80s so it was all so familiar. I’m not religious, let alone catholic but I also liked seeing the faith presented positively. I really related to the way Allegra saw the world and people. I loved the characters. I loved the setting. I’ve learnt so much about the women’s movement in the 70s. It really is such a big story and I can’t wait to see what Suzanne Daniels ...more
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks so much to Pan Macmillan for sending me a free copy
Allegra in Three Parts is a sweet book about a young girl trying to make sense of the grown ups in her life. It's about love and family, and the different ways we deal with trauma and grief - and how this impacts our relationships. Allegra is a relatable protagonist - sometimes she felt a little too modern for her 1970's setting. This one will be good for readers who enjoyed Inappropriation - it has a similar coming of age vibe (but
Halina Connelly
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wisdom in the guise of a twelve year old girl. Prepare to experience the four seasons of emotions.
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book ... engaging, easy to read. Loved the coming of age themes of a young girl caught between her love of 3 significant people who are living out their grief and issues, projecting them on Allegra - who tries to please all.

I particularly appreciated the metaphor of how the heart is affected when pulled in multiple directions. I found lots of resonances with my own younger self in this book. Also loved the light playfulness of friendships and time with Rick, and how the connection
Leanne Cramond
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set in the 70’s in Sydney, this transported me back to my own childhood of Tang Orange Juice and eating Perkins Paste (you can’t call yourself a child of the seventies if you didn’t do this!). A time of no internet or mobile phones or schools enclosed by fences or the fear of terrorism or our multicultural neighbours. A time when kids just got on their bikes and took off for the day with their parents only ever worrying when they didn’t come home when the streetlights came on…sigh…but I digress… ...more
Chris Willett
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Last night I finished taking a stroll through my childhood when I finished reading Allegra in Three Parts by Suzanne Daniel. If you can remember warm school milk, dragster bikes with streamers from the handle bars, knee high socks and the gentleness and naivety of being a 12 year old in the 70s then this book will speak to you.

Allegra is a 12 year old growing up with her two very different grandmothers and her surfy father. She loves them and they love her but they don't like each other. There
Liz Derouet
What a beautifully touching read. Set in the mid-1970s, Allegra is learning much about herself, her family and life. She is a go-between, trying to keep the peace between her two grandmothers and father, all of whom are unable to communicate with each other but love her fiercely.
My full review will appear on my blog on June 9 as part of a blog tour, my first ever!
Aug 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
I’m going to be in the minority but I struggled with this book. It was slow and I wanted badly to like it after reading everyone’s great reviews but not for me.
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
What is this about?: Allegra is an 11-year-old girl who loves her grandmothers and her father, and does her best to be everything to everyone. But she forgets that she has a voice too, that she gets to say who she wants to be.

What else is this about?: It's about Allegra figuring out how to balance her three worlds, and her three worlds figuring out that she actually needs that chance to figure out who she is without them telling her who she should be. There are strong themes of feminism,
Thanks to Beauty and Lace Book Club andPan Macmillan Australia for supplying me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

This was an absolute delight to read. It was an emotional journey at times, that seemed to meander along, not saying a lot, but saying so much at the same time.

I adored 11-year-old Allegra, I loved the way she thought, she was a delight to get to know. I struggled along with her in the situation her grandmother's had put her in, along with her father Rick. I
Karen O'Brien-Hall
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book written in the voice of Allegra, aged 11 and 1/2 years by first-time author Suzanne Daniel, so much so that I read it in one sitting.

Allegra is surrounded by people who love her, but because of an unspoken tragedy, they love her in parts. They even call her different names.

Grandmother Matilde is a strong woman who survived the Holocaust and bears the marks of the camp on her wrist. Her wish is for Allegra to do well at school and become a doctor. Grandmother Joy
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Allegra is eleven. She lives with her grandmother Matilde the dour practical grandmother, a holocaust survivor, who cooks, cleans and takes in piece work to support them and has great plans for Allegra to become a doctor. Next door, her other grandmother Joy lives. Joy is an impractical free spirit, unreliable but warm and loving, a women's libber and mother to Simone de Beauvioir, the turtle. Upstairs above Matilde's garage lives Rick, Allegra's surfie biological father. The novel follows ...more
Molly Swanson
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing story of a young girl navigating the complexity of family. Trying to make sense of your situation, and yourself is a journey we all go on. As a teen girl I often caught myself giggling at Allegra, I am old enough to see through her naivety, yet young enough to relate to her plight. After reading the novel, I felt encouraged by Allegra, encouraged to ask questions, to quiz people on their values and beliefs but have the courage to form my own. A wonderful read that had me ...more
Leonie Youngberry
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lovely book, and oh the memories of school in Sydney in the 70’s!
Vivi Widodo
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't hesitate to give 5/5 stars review for this book. The story had hooked me up from the very beginning. Love each of characters in this story as well. I feel for Allegra who try to please both grandmothers.
Felicity Waterford
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There was something really special about this book... the language used was quite magical and the story captured me. I think my 15 year old daughter would love it too.
Cathy Hunt
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really special read. Allegra gets under your skin and you feel yourself breaking with her. I cried as I finished it. Fantastic !!!!
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Allegra is 11 years old, living in suburban Sydney in the 1970s with her dad Rick and grandmother Mathilde at number 23, and grandmother Joy at number 25. Narrated by Allegra, she has little understanding of why this situation is so, only knowing that she constantly feels herself torn into two between her loving but vastly different grandmothers, and the emotionally distant figure of her father. She is a smart wee girl, extraordinarily sensitive to those around her, in the process navigating the ...more
gemsbooknook  Geramie Kate Barker
'Eleven-year-old Allegra shuttles between her grandmothers who live next door to one another but couldn't be more different. Matilde works all hours and instils discipline, duty and restraint. She insists that Allegra focus on her studies to become a doctor.

Meanwhile free-spirited Joy is full of colour, possibility and emotion, storing all her tears in little glass bottles. She is riding the second wave of the women's movement in the company of her penny tortoise, Simone de Beauvoir, encouraging
Pan Macmillan Australia
Set in the ’70s in Sydney, this transported me back to my own childhood of Tang Orange Juice and eating Perkins Paste (you can’t call yourself a child of the seventies if you didn’t do this!). A time of no internet or mobile phones or schools enclosed by fences or the fear of terrorism or our multicultural neighbours. A time when kids just got on their bikes and took off for the day with their parents only ever worrying when they didn’t come home when the streetlights came on…sigh…but I digress… ...more
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Suzanne Daniel is a journalist and communications consultant who has also worked for ABC TV, the Sydney Morning Herald, the United Nations, BBC (London) and in crisis management and social services. She holds a Bachelor degree in Communication, a Masters degree in Journalism and was awarded a Vincent Fairfax Fellowship for ethical leadership. For the past twenty years she has served on community, ...more