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Strings Attached by Judy Blundell
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Jun 12, 2011

really liked it

This was a good book and would appeal to many readers. It addressed the theme of Relationships Gone Awry and had a hint of Mystery and Realistic Fiction to it. Strings Attached has been nominated for Printz Award for outstanding young adult literature and in my mind, has a good chance at winning it.

Young Kit has made her way to the big city during the 1950's where she only knows the people she works with. While trying to make it as an actress, singer and/or dancer she makes connections with her ex-boyfriend's dad and mob acquaintance, Nate. She soon realizes that the free apartment, clothes and job come with "Strings Attached" and that she is over her head. The book explores her odd relationship with Nate Benedict, her longing for her previous love Billy Benedict, her strained relationship with her father, triplet sister and brother as well as the disappearance of her aunt.

Blundell does a great job of developing the storyline and character involvement. It does take some attention though, because the book bounces back and forth between present time and memories of her past. It takes the reader to note the date and year at the beginning of the story to understand what is present and to note when the kit may recall a memory from only a month prior to current time. This would be a welcomed book into classrooms and for both genders as the plot appeals to many different types of readers. I enjoyed the 1950's flavor but am not sure how that fact would be welcomed among young adult readers. I would definitely recommend this book to others.
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