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Saturday, February 26, 2011
Review of Strings Attached
Title: Strings Attached
Author: Judy Blundell
Genre: Young Adult historical fiction/mystery
Release date: Available now in hardcover
Lately I've been immersing myself in the history of the early 20th century: reading Moon Over Manifest and American Rose, watching Downton Abbey. When I picked up Strings Attached, I knew that this would be a very different take on the same time period, and I was excited about that.
It's 1950, and Kit Corrigan has dropped out of high school and moved to New York to be a Broadway star. So far that's meant playing a chorus girl in a show that no one likes, but she knows that when the show closes there will be another one opening. Then the father of her ex-boyfriend appears and makes her an offer that's hard to refuse. Even knowing that he has connections to the mob, it seems innocent enough. Besides, she owes him a favor from five years ago, and he's calling it in.
Immediately, Kit is caught up in a world she doesn't quite understand, so she looks to the past for answers. As the pieces begin to fit together, Kit's story only becomes more tangled and complicated.
Judy Blundell has written another unique coming-of-age story that combines rich historical detail, a dark underworld, and a naive protagonist who is forced to grow up in a hurry. The chapters dance around each other like chorus girls: each flashback answers one question and raises five more. This is not a book to be read slowly.