Sunday, March 27, 2011

Stings Attached by Judy Blundell [Review]

Title: Strings Attached
Author: Judy Blundell
Genre: Young Adult
Release: March 1, 2011
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 0545221269
ISBN-13: 978-0545221269
My Copy: Amazon Vine
Reviewer: Rex

4 out of 5 Robots!

About the Book: 
This is the tale of a sixteen-year-old girl caught in a mix of love, mystery, Broadway glamor and Mob retribution in 1950 New York.

When Kit Corrigan arrives in New York City, she doesn't have much. She's fled from her family in Providence, Rhode Island, and she's broken off her tempestuous relationship with a boy named Billy, who's enlisted in the army.

The city doesn't exactly welcome her with open arms. She gets a bit part as a chorus girl in a Broadway show, but she knows that's not going to last. She needs help--and then it comes, from an unexpected source. Nate Benedict is Billy's father- a lawyer involved with the mob. He makes Kit a deal she can't refuse.

My Review:
After reading some initial reviews of Strings Attached by Judy Blundell, I was a little worried that I would not be able to finish it. And now I can happily say I was SO WRONG. I read this book in one sitting. The writing is gripping, to say the least- I was totally indulged in 1950's New York and the life of a poor wannabe actress. Blundell throws you into a world full of deceit, family skeletons and murder... twists and turns at every corner that only throw you deeper into the melodramatic life of Kit Corrigan.

Now, the only thing that really slowed this book down for me were the flashbacks. This book was riddled with chapters that took you into Kit's memory to explain some event that had happened in her life. The flashbacks were very tactfully done and well written, but I like stories to go forward... the flashbacks weren't pushing the story forward. Some of them were necessary and I loved getting to know the background or reasoning behind a characters actions, but there were a couple that I barely read just so I could get back to 1950 to see what move Kit was going to make next. That being said, I still loveeeed this novel.

Blundell did a wonderful job creating a diverse cast of characters- each with a personality that stood up and popped off the page. It was hard not liking the characters -even the villain, Nate Benedict. I want to see him rot in jail, but there was some part of me that could see, or maybe understand how his character ended up where it did. I loved Kit from the first page. She's brave, moving to NY alone... yet she is a typical, stubborn teenager. The entire cast was unique and very entertaining.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a good heartwarming trip to the 1950s. The plot and characters were immensely intriguing and the mystery revolving around Kit and her family is enticing. I'm definitely going to pick up Blundell's other book set in 1947, What I Saw And How I Lied.


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