Maxwell's Reviews > A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
2.5 stars This book is loved by so many people that I think I expected too much from it. It's a good coming-of-age story that follows Francie Nolan as she grows up in Brooklyn during the early 1900's. I think most of the novelty of the story is how different our world is 100 years later. The writing didn't really do much for me—so much of it felt like things happening to Francie as opposed to her actually doing things. And that held me at a distance. I felt like Betty Smith was just telling me all of it but not showing it to me. Also knowing that a lot of this is based on the author's life, I would've almost rather read a memoir version of this, similar to Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes. Overall it was an okay story that I'm SO glad to have finally read (it was on my shelf for years), but it's not one I connected to as strongly as so many others.
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September 12, 2015 – Shelved
September 12, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
September 12, 2015 – Shelved as: i-own-it
December 1, 2016 – Started Reading
December 1, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
December 1, 2016 – Shelved as: 2016
December 1, 2016 – Shelved as: classics
December 1, 2016 –0.2% "It's about time. Had this on my shelf for years. Looking forward to reading & discussing it for book club!"
December 1, 2016 –11.56% "A bit boring so far to be honest. The writing is okay, but nothing super special"
December 2, 2016 –21.7% "It's definitely more engaging now. Still very slow, but I liked learning about Francie's relatives."
December 2, 2016 –29.01% "Sadly, I'm just not enjoying this. I'll give it a few more chapters, but if it doesn't get better I'm going to have to put this one down"
December 3, 2016 –40.57%
December 3, 2016 –56.8% "The Christmas scene was perfect while I listened to Christmas music and burned a pine candle"
December 4, 2016 –73.63%
December 4, 2016 –80.93%
December 4, 2016 – Finished Reading