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Allegra in Three Parts by Suzanne Daniel
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2019, australian-author, aww-2019

This is the most heartbreakingly beautiful story of a shattered family ripped apart by tragedy yet holding it together for one child, Allegra. They each live their separate lives, side by side, doing what they think is best for Allegra but in doing so they are breaking her down. She is Allegra, Ally, Al Pal torn between three adults, trying to please everyone.

“Their unspoken words bounce off each of them but chisel deep into me.”

The story is narrated by Allegra as she handles bullies at school, makes a new best friend and tries to find her place in the world listening at doors and under windows piecing together snippets of information to make her own naive conclusions.

Within this story about an unconventional family Daniels has managed to cover so many relevant issues without any of it feeling contrived. She explores feminism in the 70’s, the women’s movement, domestic violence, the need for women’s refuges, the far reaching and long term effects of the war, friendship, family and growing up.

I liked the inclusion of the positive influence of the Catholic schooling, and in particular Allegra’s teacher Sister Josepha, had on Allegra’s life. Many are quick to condemn the Catholic system.

Allegra in Three Parts is a novel about family in all it’s complexities. The characters were real and the setting authentic with mentions of songs, fashion and phrases placing it solidly in its time frame. It explores innocence and girlhood. It is heartbreaking and uplifting, an original novel about a remarkable young girl. This pre-teen will steal your heart and remain with you long after the last page is turned.

Two defining moments in this family’s life; one tore them apart. Will the second reconcile them?

*I received a copy from the publisher for review
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Reading Progress

May 9, 2019 – Shelved
May 31, 2019 – Started Reading
June 2, 2019 – Finished Reading

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Lorna Stevens loved love this book so mucb

Veronica ⭐️ Lorna wrote: "loved love this book so mucb"

This book is definitely a keeper. I loved every character. All so realistically flawed.

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