Genre: Historical Fiction
Published April 1st,2003
Date Finished: 08/10/2019
Rating: 5 out of 5
"Right now I want a word that describes the feeling that you get -a cold sick feeling,
deep down inside - when you know something is happening that will change you, and you don't want it to, but you can't stop it. And you know, for the first time, for the very first time, that there will now be a before and an after, a was and a will be. And
that you will never again quite be the same person you were."
It's 1906, a time where work is hard, disease is spread and there is unfair treatment of people. The story starts with Mattie, who is 16 years old, she dreams of going to college, to persue
her writing career. Her father owns a farm and her mother died of cancer. Mattie promises her mom that she will take care of her family and the farm. Mattie has to make a decision to leave the farm and her family or persue her dream of becoming an author.
Mattie's best friend is Weaver Smith, an african american, who inspires her to be a better person. Mattie is passionate about reading and writing; she looks up a new word in her dictionary so that she can educate herself. This book is written in alternating
chapters from the past and present. This book has a true story in the novel; The murder of Grace Brown. Mattie reads her letters. There is also a little bit of romance in this book between Royal Loomis and Mattie. I didn't really like the romance. This book
deals with rascism,Feminist, and working on a farm. This book makes you feel like you are experiencing/ living in the year 1906. I loved Mattie's character, she loved books and referenced them a lot in the novel. My favorite scene was when Mattie helps Minnie
give birth to her twind. Mattie decribes the birth as ugly. I related to Minne because I have experinced giving birth and it is very painful. This is a beautifully told story about a young womans journey of self discovery amidst racism,sexism, and poverty
and a book you won't want to miss.
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