What was your emotional reaction as you read? Why?
There were a lot of emotional events in this book, but the author did a good job of keeping the reader from becoming too emotionally involved. The story is set in the 60s, so the author has a type of writing that resembles the smoky haze that shrouded that decade.
Who would you recommend this reading to and why?
Anyone who remembers the 60s, or anyone who wishes they did. Its a great view into the life of a young woman's lifestyle during the era.
Consider the setting.
The setting is more than anything focused on the decade, and not the location. It has more to do with the era as a whole. Although it is set on a college campus in Iowa for the main chunk of the tale, there is some travel involved that takes the reader along for the ride.
Consider the story/plot.
The story is about the ups and downs that the decade brought, and how the characters made it through the day-to-day struggles that were presented to them. It has a lot to do with how a young woman of the era was presented, and how she presented herself.
Consider character development.
The character development isn't lacking in any way. There are two girls that the story follows, as well as other characters who weave and and out of the tale. The two girls are developed as young and innocent girls who are making decisions that are more suited to adults.
Consider themes and motifs.
The main theme is just the haze that hung over everything that happened in the 60s. The author highlights the decisions of the two young girls in order to continue to weave this motif throughout the novel.
Consider literary elements used, such as metaphors
The biggest literary element used in this story is the flashback and the foreshadow. There are a lot of times the narrator thinks back to something that happened to her when she was younger, or a short time ago that got her to where she is now. The foreshadow is mostly used when the reader discovers that the narrator is in a situation caused by another character in the story. The author foreshadows the characters and situations, although the reader may not catch on until the event is actually revealed.
What was the message/purpose of the writing?
The purpose seemed to be more for entertainment than anything else. The story wasn't really written to inform anyone, but just to give an insight, and to show the reader a passage to a time in the past that the reader may not have been able to experience.
Compare and contrast reading with other book types
This reading was very clever, I felt. It is a good summer read.
Compare and contrast reading to movie adaptations.
There is no movie about this book.
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Reflect on the author.
I have not read any other books by this author, but I certainly would if given the opportunity. I felt that her writing was my style, and was fun for others my age.
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This is a fiction tale.
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