This book was absolutely lovely and enjoyable to read. The plot is both beautiful and a bit sad at times but worth the read. Also, the ending surprised me and had me pondering about the plot after finishing that last page. (maybe even have you back tracking to get the whole perspective of the plot)
I really enjoyed this one, you never know what Troo and her sister will be up to next. Can't help but feel sorry for them and the enviroment they are raised in even though they make the best of it. Definitely an enjoyable read.
This was the May 2012 pick in my online book club, The Reading Cove.
From the way it began, I thought I'd like it more than I did. The characters and the setting of the midwestern America 1959 was charming and very well established; enjoyed all the pop culture references! And Sally O'Malley was very precocious and endearing, and I enjoyed the many LOL moments; but by the middle, the nostalgia felt over-indulgent, and got in the way of the plot's progression. The pacing was too slow and I was losing interesting. Not to mention it's highly unlikely the children would be allowed to continue roaming the streets when the neighborhood's little girls are being murdered and molested!
Sally's POV wore thin, with a rambling day-to-day trot of observations and interactions with neighbors and friends. Her younger sister Troo was just plain annoying most of the book.
A boat load of secrets are revealed toward the end, but the biggest of these - the murderer/molester reveal - turned out to be a bit underwhelming.
In the end, it was just OK. I add the plus for nostalgia's sake...C+
This story is a compelling story about two sisters in the 1960s. The author has developed the characters to touch your emotions through the adventures and life chances these sisters partake. The story is well written and very entertaining.
Great read. Very much in the ilk of "To Kill a Mockingbird." An enjoyable read, told from the pov of a child, during a depressed time in America.
The child's voice is both wise and wonderful.
I loved the voice of 10-year-old Sally O'Malley, a smart, imaginative, loyal little girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders. The author managed to convey nostalgia for times gone by without painting an unrealistically rosy picture of the past or detracting from the intriguing plot line that involved some serious issues facing these two young girls. The ending was a little too "made for TV movie" for my taste, but overall it was a nice read.