Up a Road Slowly
The Newbery Award-winning novel
From the author of Across Five Aprils and No Promises in the Wind comes her most beloved story of a girl's coming of age.
After her mother's death, Julie goes to live with Aunt Cordelia, a spinster schoolteacher, where she experiences many emotions and changes as she grows from seven to eighteen.
This book is sweet, sincere and touching. Julie's innocent, earnest journey from confused seven-year-old to confident seventeen-year-old. In short, manageable chunks we observe ...more
I was very frustrated by the lack of placement in time or place in the text, which was not assisted at all by the cover of the paperback copy that I read which features a pretty modern looking (if on the sentimental, traditional side) teenager. For a book published in the middle of the 1960s, it seemed to me to extraordinarily nostalgic of a simpler, ...more
Last night I needed some escapist literature. I always say, Better an excellent children's book than some shoddy pulp fiction. I was in the perfect melancholy mood to appreciate Irene Hunt's novel in a minor key. I read it in one sitting and my responses have been brewing ever since.
Will it be a five star book for you? I don't know. The ...more
This is such a beautiful coming of age stories. I've lost count of how many times I have read it. Beautiful.
I just reread this. I love this book. Years after I initially read it and it still moves me. Love it.
What I liked -
. Uncle Haskell. I know that's weird considering his questionable character but still. I really liked him.
. The life difficulties Julie faced. Like ...more
Two weeks ago, if you would have stopped me in the street and said, “Quick! Name an Irene Hunt novel!” I would have automatically responded with, “Across Five Aprils!” I’m not even sure I knew Up a Road Slowly existed until I saw that it was next on the Newbery list. First I want to say that I was very impressed with the writing in this novel. It’s only 186 pages in paperback, but there is a total, but subtle character ...more
I am so thankful that jFics have come a long way since Up a Road Slowly was published in 1966 because this book was just awful.
Firstly, the emotions Julie experiences are much too mature and nuanced for a seven-year-old, which doesn't lend verisimilitude to the narration, even though it is told from adult Julie's perspective. This adult point-of-view also lends a didactic tone to the overall story, which adds to the impatience and frustration I felt as I read Up a Road ...more
2013 Review: I loved this. It takes a bit to get into, but once I did I didn't want it to end. The writing has a certain panache. Perhaps it’s just the narrator’s spirited reading (which also took me a bit to warm up to, ...more
However, I loved this book. I don't know why because it was everything I thought it was going to be. But I loved it. ...more
Up a Road Slowly follows the story of Julie Trelling from the age of seven to eighteen. After her mother dies, seven-year-old Julie goes to live with her spinster aunt Cordelia in the country. In the beginning of the book, Julie ...more
This book reminds me of the Anne of Green Gables series.
* Julie's academic family
* Laura, Julie's older sister
* Danny Trevort helping Aunt Cordelia at school and at her home
* Alicia, Julie's accomplished step mother and high ...more
This book is definitely in the vein of Little Women. A strong-willed main heroine, a loving but stern mother figure, and growing up are all key features in both books. The story is by no means an exact copy of Louisa May Alcott's novel, but it left me with the same good feeling that if you try hard, learn from mistakes, and ...more