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“Francie Nolan is one of my book friends. I read this book countless times growing up and revisit it every several years.
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“I'm afraid I may be the sole dissenter here. I just didn't like this book very much. At many points I really struggled to keep reading it. Where another reviewer called it their favorite "classic" I'd say that it's my least favorite "classic". I'm also pretty conflicted that it's on so many...”see full review » see other reviews »
“All time favorite.”sharpscissor wrote this review 12 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is another classic that I've always heard about, but never read - until now! And it's another one that I wish I had read sooner! If someone told me that this was an autobiography, I would believe it. It was extremely believable and well-written. Betty Smith completely drew me into Francie Nolan's world. I feel like I was there and lived that life with her - which is amazing because my life and experiences are very different from Francie's world as a poor young girl growing up in Brooklyn in the early 1900s.
I read the bulk of this book in two sittings, but stretched out the last 100 pages over several days because I wasn't ready for it to end yet. This book fulfilled in a very wonderful way one of the reasons I love to read: experiencing someone else's life while going somewhere I would never be able to go on my own”
“Thank you Janet for recommending this to me. What a fantastic story. It is an enduring classic with characters that will stay with me for a long time. I love the whole Nolan family and felt privileged to spend time with them. The audio reader was great, she made the story a pleasure to listen to.”Carrie F wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“*Spoiler* I kept waiting or something to happen. Something happened in the hallway of her building, but that, along with the death of her father, was the only big thing that happened to her. ”Kristina B wrote this review Monday, October 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“GREAT book! ”Donna Zerfass wrote this review Thursday, October 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My favorite book of all time!”Gina L Stadler wrote this review Thursday, October 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was highly recommended to me. As I was reading it, I contemplated on the wisdom of Francie and her ability to adapt to her surroundings.
This book starts with Francie, an eleven year old girl, and her brother Neely collecting and selling recyclables to earn money. Amid flashbacks and meditations, Francie's adolescence is trailed, featuring her hardworking mother, her drunk father, and crazy relatives. Francie questions herself during particularly trying moments, including an attack on herself, her father's death, school failure, and falling in love. With every trying experience she has someone to lean on until she grows strong enough to adapt on her own and move past the trials. ”
This book tells the story of Francie as she grows up in Brooklyn in the early 20th century.
I liked the book, but wasn't wowed by it like so many other people. It took quite a while for me to get into it at the start. I guess there is also some disappointment that it didn't live up to everyone's glowing reviews. Overall, it was still good, just nothing to really “write home about” for me.
“Slow start but grew on me especially when I remember and share experiences about growing up in Brooklyn. I didn't want it to end.”Paula Alan wrote this review Tuesday, October 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No