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Reviewed by Krystal Larson

Courtney is the main character in this unusual novel. The plot is hard to describe. Courtney’s parents are very self-absorbed and often ignore her entirely. She has a very good friend, Janet, who keeps her sane, but even Janet can cause her a lot of trouble. Courtney is also at that odd age that we are all familiar with: the cusp of adulthood. She vacillates between acting like a child and transitioning into an adult. She has very little guidance so naturally this transition comes with its own bumps. 1956 was a more conservative time period and did not always give a young woman many chances to explore her boundaries and new self as an adult. Somehow, Courtney fumbles her way around all the while trying to come off as calm and collected.

The reader may feel somewhat of a kinship with Courtney. Her character is very easy to relate to. All of us have been in that awkward stage before adulthood and some of us may even cringe just thinking about it. However, I did not always like her character. I thought she made too many dumb decisions and got very carried away. She showed no self control in some situations. Her friend, Janet, was a good friend only some of the time. I thought that Courtney should have put more effort into finding better friends. The other characters both outraged and horrified me but only the reader can determine his/her own reaction.

The story was just OK for me. I did enjoy the character development and how much I got to know Courtney, but some of the events in the book just didn’t sit right with me. Overall, this is recommended to adult readers.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Krystal is a young college student who loves meeting new authors and finding great books! Her favorite place to read is the Botanic Gardens.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Harper Perennial. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.