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A Ticket to Ride by Paula McLain
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A Ticket To Ride by Paula McLain is a coming of age all-American 1970s musical montage. Each section pins down a phase of friendship between two girls or a backstory of one of the girl's family history that involves an unknown mom and sick elderly grandparents and an uncle who has to raise a girl. Each section depends on a song title: "Drift Away," "You Can't Always Get What You Want," "Stuck In The Middle With You," "I'll Take You There," "Morning Has Broken." Adolescent decision-making, semi-obsession, and sweltering summertime disasters emerge in simple, subtle ways, presenting a realistic tale that makes you relive a childhood that is not necessarily yours but could believably be.
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