2016/05/18

BOOK REVIEW:
A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN BY BETTY SMITH

Title: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
Author: Betty Smith
Published: 1943
Language: English
Pages: 487
Rating: 4/5


Summary:
This American classic is about a young girl who is coming of age, the people and places around her.


Review:
After hearing so many good things, I've finally read this book, and am now joining the endless line of people who say good things about it.

This is one of those books where everything just seems to spring to life the moment the author writes about it. The characters become flesh and blood and real people. The places become coloured in, vibrant, alive. I also think the portrayal of poverty was very interesting, and especially how the characters experience their own poorness.

It is a bit of a slower book, chronicling life the way it is; sometimes dull, sometimes exciting. What made me keep reading was the characters. You truly get to know them, see how they grow and experience the world through their eyes. I especially enjoyed reading about Francie and what she thought, which is the character we perhaps get to know the best. She's one of those characters I think most bookish people can see something of themselves in.

This is one of those books I wanted to keep going, to know how everyone turned out and where they went. Which is often the case with good books in my mind.

I would highly recommend this if you like historical fiction and wonderful characters.





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