A great little book for the summer. A very fast read that gives you a peek back in time. The girls got to participate in so many historical situations in one summer it really must have been dreamlike. There are quite a few situations in the book--for example in the elevator and dancing with the sailor, where you can picture yourself because things like that happen to all of us one time or another. The ending is sweet but doesn't go for great gobs of emotion.
This book was a light, fun memior. I did enjoy it, although honestly I was a bit disappointed. I found a bunch of mistakes (most gramatical, spelling, extra word, etc.) in the book, which I think is pretty distracting when reading. Also, the author would switch from past tense to present tense throughout the book, and although I think it was done purposely, I found it a little bit confusing. Overall, I think the story was good and simple, though maybe a little corny. It was almost too wholesome for my taste. It did contain an interesting description of the author's experience of VJ Day in Times Square- I think that was my favorite part of the book. The writing could have flowed better and been more polished, but I'd say this book is worth reading.
I loved this book and didn't want it to end! The author was a very likeable character and I enjoyed some of her humorous experiences, events of 1945, and references to living in Iowa. The author did a great job of giving the feel of the saddness and worry of wartime as well as the joys of growing up and gaining independence. I highly recommend this book.
This is a charming little book. The author made me feel like I was seeing through her eyes and processing the impressions through her mind, with its Iowa sensibilities. It also gives a good picture of a little of what it was like to be alive during the war years.
I originally ordered this book thinking that it would be a nice beach book and when it arrived I was surprised to learn it was a memoir. The excitement the author felt during her time in New York city was clearly evident in the writing. Each chapter seemed to sparkle with excitement and magic. What a wonderful way to remember the best summer of your life. The book was truly effervescent. Through Marjorie Harts descriptive language the reader is able to transport themselves back in time to an age of family, conflict and triumph. Reading Marjorie Harts words was like listening to my Grandmother's stories of her childhood and growing up as part of the greatest generation. This book took me on a wonderful journey down memory lane.
I love books like this. They seem light and fluffy at the onset--telling an engaging and touching story. And then they suddenly delve deeper. And they deliver real feelings. In this case, her wonderful first summer away from home--working at Tiffany in New York--coincides with WWII--and all the worry and losses, sacrifice and heartbreak that conflict ultimately foists upon her generation. I loved it. So readable; so enjoyable!!
This little hardback book is a treasure to read and reread. It asks "what was the best summer of your life?" The author and her fellow U of Iowa classmate take the train across the country to NYC with the promise of plentiful jobs, Midshipmen and adventures galore. What they find are lots of other coeds in need of employment... but their blond good looks and wholesome Midwestern innocence land them jobs as Tiffany's first female employees. (Wartime, you know.) Follow the author and her friends through VJ day in this sweet story.