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Up A Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
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Jun 23, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: literature, youth, re-read, my-childhood, 1989, 2008
Read in April, 1989

I love this book. I have loved it since I first read it back in third grade, and continued to love it this week. What I don't quite understand is WHY I love it. A lot of reviews here liken it to Anne of Green Gables, but outside of the very basic plot (girl goes to live with stern older woman), it's not at all similar, in plot or style. It's incredibly old-fashioned, in thoughts and terms and story. The language and how it flows is very 1960s, and reminds me a bit of Madeleine L'Engle's precocious teen characters. In any other authors, the prose would set my teeth on edge for being almost too cloying and self-aware. But damn, I don't care; I love this book, I love Julie and Danny and Aunt Cordelia and even Uncle Haskell. Go figure.
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Wendy Have you read The Keeping Days (etc)? This book is quite similar to those--or rather, they're similar to it--and I think you would like the series, though some of it IS too cloying and self-aware.

Shelley Oh, I haven't - I just skimmed some of the reviews, though, and it does sound up my alley. I'll have to track them down! Thanks. :)

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