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In the summer of 1926, sixteen-year-old Garnet Richardson is sent to a lake resort to escape the polio epidemic in the city. She dreams of indulging her passion for ornithology and visiting the famous new amusement park--a summer of fun before she returns for her final year of high school, after which she’s expected to marry a nice boy and settle into middle-class homemakiIn the summer of 1926, sixteen-year-old Garnet Richardson is sent to a lake resort to escape the polio epidemic in the city. She dreams of indulging her passion for ornithology and visiting the famous new amusement park--a summer of fun before she returns for her final year of high school, after which she’s expected to marry a nice boy and settle into middle-class homemaking. But in the country, Garnet finds herself under the supervision of equally oppressive guardians--her father’s wealthy cousin and the matron’s stuck-up daughter. Only a liberating job in a hat shop, an intense, secret relationship with a daring and beautiful flapper, and a deep faith in her own fierce heart can save her from the suffocating boredom of traditional femininity....

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  • Clair
    2019-02-20 10:20

    This book is lovely. I know it may be terribly twee to use that word to describe a book, but honestly, it’s been a long time since I read a book that was this sweet and earnest.It is only a very short read, though. It took me a few sessions because I wanted to savour it. Normally short books only leave me wanting more, and to be honest, this one did. I felt like it needed an extra 50 to 100 pages. All the drama towards the climax just seems far too neatly resolved, and it kind of made me raise my eyebrows at one point. It’s not particularly a rushed ending, but unfortunately the story does become victim to the short length of the book.As much as I love Garnet, I sometimes felt there was a lack of tension too — we’re told a lot about how she’s terrified of having to go back to a boring life where she’s expected to marry her boyfriend and unable to indulge in her passion for biology by studying at a university, but not necessarily shown. Certain events in the book should leave her a bit shaken, especially towards the ending when it seems like all of her dreams have been dashed permanently, but it’s all kind of glossed over, unfortunately.I absolutely love the romance, though. It’s well done, and I’d definitely recommend this to people looking for MOGII and LGBTQ books. I know I found it on an LGBTQ book recommendation blog on Tumblr, and decided to buy it after falling in love with the blurb on Amazon.I tend to run out of things to say about books I really like, such as this one, so this is going to be quite a short review. Needless to say, this was great but fell victim to its brief page count. Still, Molly Beth Griffin did manage to pack in some beautiful writing and believable character development, which is always a plus.Verdict: 4/5.

  • Penny
    2019-03-15 06:17

    For me, this novel faithfully represents the concept of "I really liked it" given to the four stars rating. Because I really, really liked it.Several people have written excellent reviews on this book, pointing both faults and qualities of it. And I agree with most of them. So yes, the plot is extremely simple: exactly what the blurb says, nothing more, nothing less. And yes, sometimes the story borders on dullness. But just sometimes – because yes, Griffin's writing style is simply beautiful. And that's what really caught my eyes.This type of poeticized prose, besides being a personal favorite, is oh so charming and in my opinion comes from the vital need of man to dematerialize the day-to-day prose. Not in the sense of ceasing to be prose per se, but adding a rhythmic element to it, a visceral aspect, bringing the object to its most emotional state, free from verb's formalities. And this is visible right in the first two paragraphs of the book when the main character is presented to us, quite appealingly:"I was born blue. Life ripped me early from my safe place and thrust me into the world. It was all so astonishing that I forgot to breathe.But the puffed-up robin that sang outside the window of the birthing room came early too, that March of 1910, and just in time. He flew north before the spring came so he could sing me into the world. His song said Breathe child, this life was meant for you. When I finally let out my first scream I flushed red as that robin—red: the color of life, blood, love, and fury. At that moment I earned my name, Garnet, after the deep red stone that's meant to bring courage."See what I mean? You can't go wrong with a prologue like that, can you?And besides, the cover is just gorgeous.So yeah, "I really liked it".

  • Dov Zeller
    2019-03-18 05:26

    When I saw this book on GR I was excited to read queer YA with some solid female characters, and I wasn't disappointed. Well, the book wasn't great, but I'm glad it's out there. There is interesting historical and conservational stuff in it. There are birds (I like birds). I enjoyed reading the author's end-note about her research and what in the book is based on historical stuff (and how writing the book sparked in her a passion for birding.) The cover is stellar. I would say there are a few different 3-star-ratings in my 'catalogue of star-ratings.' One is compelling but not terribly readable. One is, stellar during some sections, but not fully coming together. This 3-star rating is enjoyable but far from engrossing. I just wasn't drawn to engage or fully dive into the world. But I do appreciate the setting and the love stories within. The book tries to address a lot of things but many of the 'topics' it just kind of skims over. It touches upon shell-shock/ptsd after WWI and on class and race dynamics. It brings up issues of conservation in a way that feels a bit forced and not wholly believable, though I really appreciated the locational history she draws on. And then there is the love story across borders -- between a young person who has run away from home in order to take control of her life and push past confining social expectations and one who is trying to navigate the complexities of her sense of familial obligation.

  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    2019-03-20 10:30

    I think Molly Beth Griffin’s novel Silhouette of a Sparrow might just be the best lesbian young adult novel I’ve ever read. I don’t say that lightly. It has everything I could hope for: effortless yet beautiful writing, an authentic and lovable young heroine, a subtle and moving romance, an environmentalist sub-plot—honestly, what more could you ask for? I think, though, that what I appreciated the most about this book is that, while the romance is cute and sexy and authentic and great, it wasn’t the focal point of the novel. Rather, it’s the character development of the protagonist, Garnet, that Griffin is focused on throughout. I would be the first to admit that the romance was my favourite part, but I am also really pleased to read a book about a young woman whose interests are diverse. I think too often, especially in young adult books, even queer women characters continue to be defined by their romantic relationships...Check out my full review on the lesbrary:

  • Nikki
    2019-03-10 10:37

    Silhouette of a Sparrow is a quiet little LGBT coming of age story, set in... the 1920s or so? Garnet, the main character, has a passion for birds, a vague hope of going to college, and a summer to spend away from her family. She falls in love with a flapper, decides not to marry the boy who's waiting for her back home, and sets her sights on going to college.While there is drama in the story -- Hannah's outburst at her mother, thunder and hail storms, even a fire in the hotel where Garnet is staying -- none of it really did much for me. It's an introspective story, and that kind of thing didn't seem to fit; I was much more interested in the quiet parts, Garnet cutting out bird silhouettes and thinking of her father, trips out on the lake, the quiet triumphs in Garnet's life like getting a summer job and convincing her employer not to sell feathered hats anymore, etc.The relationship between Garnet and Isabella is almost unnecessary, when you view it that way: a friendship between them would be enough. But then of course you remember how little there is in the way of LGBT fiction and especially teen LGBT fiction -- I at least felt much less inclined to go bleh at the inclusion of an "unnecessary" romance when I thought about that.The ending fits the story well -- a mixture of the bitter and the sweet, some hope and some disappointment, maybe even some fear. It leaves a lot open, but that's alright, at least for this story.

  • Катя Czaja
    2019-03-09 09:17

    A coming of age story set in the 20′s, Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin is a little bit Member of the Wedding (evocative of a time and place) and a little bit Fried Green Tomatoes (a budding relationship between two young women looking to assert themselves). It is charming and beautifully written. This book would be a great historical fiction accompaniment to a High School unit on the roaring 20’s or women’s changing roles in American history.Gigi struggles to balance her family’s traditional values and expectations for her with her desires and dream (to study ornithology). There is enough tension and drama to keep the pacing tight. And the writing is lovely. Really lovely. And how awesome is a protagonist who says, “I held onto this practice of scientific naming as a small rebellion — a secret whispered between me, the silhouettes, and my bedroom wall.”Gigi goes from being a passive participant in her life to taking risks (going to the carnival and on the boat trip) and even challenging those around her to change (Miss Maple, Hannah). When her life takes a difficult and unexpected turn, she rises to the occasion and finds her strength. “[I]f I had the courage to [SPOILER], I also had the courage to speak the truth.”While Gigi is clearly the focus of this book, the secondary characters are not given cookie cutter identities. At the beginning most of the characters think they know who they are and what they want. Gigi says, “I could wrap those pretty words around me like a familiar blanket and fall asleep thinking I knew exactly who I was.” As circumstances challenge their lives and beliefs, Hannah, Avery, and Isabella grow and discover their strengths.As I finished the book, I wanted to know more. [MILD SPOILER] Did Gigi go to college? Was her relationship with Isabella a summer romance? Did they stay friends? [END SPOILER] And that’s the mark of a good book — a book where I care so much about the characters that I wonder about them long after I finish reading the book. I being so caught up in the world of a book that I feel it’s pull in my non-reading life. “Fly, Gigi, fly!”I cannot recommend it strongly enough. This is a must read if you love beautifully crafted YA literature.*Thanks to Milkweed for proving the eARC of this book via Edelweiss*

  • Emilia P
    2019-03-08 09:20

    Tipping the Velvet PG! In Minnesota! Written by a Grinnellian!The story of a bird-lover and the flapper she befriends/loves while in the resort town of Excelsior, Minnesota.Also it's kind of weird to read after reading so much contemporarily-eraed Betsy-Tacy, which, obviously, has no lesbians. Basically, I loved this. It read really quickly, and really gently. Griffin is a lyricist, and I found myself teary-eyed a bunch of times without quite knowing how I got that way. Which, to me, says the writing crept up on me and moved me unawares. So that is awesome. There was a lot of Girl Power going on -- I don't need a man! I'm going to college! I know the Latin names of birds! And 13 year old me would have loved it!As for the lesbian stuff, it, too, was gentle -- I feel like I might be a little scandalized as a kid by it, but it was really more of a case of a couple of girls finding a great and empowering companionship and that being, hey, basically what love is. So I thought that was really nice too.The one thing I might have changed (gulp!) was the conservation element -- I totally believe there was conservation stuff going on in the 1920s, but I think it would have been observed in a different and possibly slightly less strident way? But, I quibble with greatness.I really liked this, and I really recommend it, and I should probably go buy myself a copy, but kudos to my library for carrying a copy!

  • Fiona
    2019-02-23 11:37

    This gets a little extra goodwill for being historical fiction with a lesbian protagonist--something I absolutely think we need to see more of. And it isn't a terrible book at all. But it is disappointing: dull where it should sparkle, matter-of-fact where it should be delicately devastating. As a result I felt increasingly detached from the narrative, watching conflicts and resolutions drift by (and too quickly) without much emotional investment. Even when I wanted to weep or cheer for the characters, the best I could muster was mild sympathy or satisfaction as they confronted their lives and made their choices. I'm a little harsh, perhaps, because the story has the bones of a much better book, one I wanted badly to read instead.What a cover, though! My ARC is beautiful, and I'm sure it's even more stunning in finished form. Rarely do I see a cover that represents its book as well as this one does, and it's fit for the book I wish this had been.

  • amy boese
    2019-03-14 06:34

    I'm adding an extra star for this being a great addition to queer literature for teens in the form of a well written historical lesbian romance. It is set in Minnesota, which made me squee with joy at least once.I didn't dislike anything about the book but there is some intensity missing, some spark that would turn my like for this well crafted little book into love.

  • Claire
    2019-03-20 06:28

    I love the IDEA of this book. There should absolutely be more YA historical books with lesbian protagonists. But in actuality, I just found this book boring. It did a lot of telling rather than showing. In one instance, a revelation about another character is followed by the narrator's reflection that "now there was an interesting complexity to her character and her situation." Yes, thank you, I get that, no need to drive it home.

  • Brianna
    2019-03-07 05:30

    This book makes you visualize an entire town and feel as though you've lived there for all your life.This book makes you meet new characters, even unpleasant ones, and be able to familiarize yourself with them.This book makes you squeal and press it against your face to conceal your blushing because, god damn it, Isabella is in love with Garnet.The entire town of Excelsior, Minnesota becomes a warm vacation home that you come to every summer. Griffin's writing has a way of throwing you into the book, until you can practically feel the sun rays on Garnet's face.The relationship between the birds and each chapter was brilliant, I especially liked how Garnet could relate the people she met into different species. On top of gorgeous dialogue, setting, and imagery, I loved realizing the link between the birds and the events for each chapter.The book wasn't a typical problem-climax-solution. The reader is very much immersed in a journey of realization and discovery, and you grow up with Garnet over the summer. I preferred this set up, because one almost feels like one has been entrusted to hear first hand how Garnet is feeling.The ending had me feeling a bit left out, only because I wanted to know if Isabella and Garnet ever meet up again. The ending is rather mellow, and while I'm glad Garnet's future is laid out and she is happy, I want the two girls to see each other again. It's the kind of ending where everything is neatly cleaned up, but you don't get a dramatic adieu, or a proclamation of sorts. It's a oh-look-everything-has-fixed-itself sort of ending, which is why I'm leaving out the last star.The writing style is definitely geared toward the Y/A audience, so it can feel slightly simple at points, but imagery and dialogue makes up for it. Oh, and those kissing scenes.You are forgiven, Molly Beth Griffin.If that isn't enough to convince you to read this book, HISTORICAL FICTION WITH A LESBIAN PROTAGONIST, WHERE SEXUALITY IS ACTUALLY NOT THE HUGE CONFLICT IN THE NOVEL. Need I say more?

  • Tori
    2019-03-13 10:22

    This was a charming little book. In 1920s America, a high school aged girl named Garnet is sent to spend the summer out in the country with relatives, ostensibly to prevent her from catching polio in the city. (Really, it's to get her away from her father, who has Never Been The Same After The War, in the hopes that some time alone with his wife will perk him up. Hey, it's a thought.) Lesbianism happens - (view spoiler)[and yes, we're talking actual lesbians with kissing and confirmed sex, not just background lesbians or a lot of ambiguous talk about feelings (hide spoiler)] to everyone's delight. This book is organized into chapters based on different birds, and each bird shows up at some point in its respective chapter. This felt really gimmicky to me at first, but after the first few chapters I got invested in the characters and stopped caring. Garnet is REALLY invested in birds and bird species and bird welfare, but it's not more annoying than any other weird character quirk. I enjoyed the supporting characters, and was surprised at how much I liked them. The romance worked well, although I wish it could have had more time to develop. Which is really my only problem with the story. It was very short, and even though it took place over only one summer, I wish that it had had more substance. This is a coming of age novel with a lesbian subplot, not a novel focused on the romance, but I wish the romance had more time (possibly, admittedly, because I was enjoying that part). And I think Garnet's realizations about herself and growing up, her plans, and her ~beautiful climactic moment would have been better served if the narrative had gone into her issues in a little more depth. It was a sweet novel, and I would recommend it, but gosh, I wish it had been meatier. This was such a brilliant idea and I would have loved to see it play out with more depth and complexity. (But then, I'm not going to criticize the book too much for not being what I would have written.)

  • Crystal Bandel
    2019-03-19 12:12

    Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin, published 2012.Historical fiction.Novel.Grades 9-12.Found via Publishers Weekly, reviewer not credited.In 1926, 16-year-old Garnet goes to spend the summer with her aunt and cousin while her mother tries to help her father overcome his issues post-WWI. Though Garnet's aunt insists she act proper, Garnet manages to acquire a job at a hat shop, and she spends her free time cutting out silhouettes of birds—her one concession to her childhood love of ornithology. While working at the hat shop, Garnet meets the enigmatic flapper Isabella, who instantly captures Garnet's attention. Slowly the two girls come to know each other better, culminating in a romance that asks both of them to take a closer look at who they are and what they want from life. The anonymous reviewer for Publishers Weekly states the novel's appeal well: "Garnet's sexual awakening is suffused with lightness and joy, and her familial and identity struggles will resonate with contemporary teens, although the ending is perhaps too neat." Many teens should find elements of this novel that resonate with their lives, and it's a great look at historical LGBTQ lifestyles. Readers should be wary of some underage alcohol use, racism, and teen sex, but these all work appropriately within the novel to enhance the narrative.

  • Katie
    2019-02-28 06:19

    I didn't have high hopes for this book when I checked it out on a whim. Historical LGBT lit has a tendency to be breathtakingly depressing, given the times its set in, but this manages to skirt that while still maintaining an honesty to the period. I enjoyed Garnet's point of view. She had a nice blend of Interesting Heroine personality quirks and typical ladylike things of the day - like being good at sewing, or being shocked by pants. It made her feel more realistic and also made her character's journey more interesting. Its a short read but well-worth it. I would gladly read it again.

  • Liralen
    2019-02-23 07:29

    It's the 1920s, and the world is changing, but Garnet's family wishes otherwise. Their expectations are clear: she'll marry, with or without finishing high school, and settle into domestic life. Ideally, she'll marry well enough to support her family, if need be.Garnet knows this, and she wants to do right by her family. But it's summer, and she's away from home, and she's learning what she really wants: she wants to finish high school and go on to college. She wants to work before or as well as or instead of raising a family. She doesn't want to marry a man. And she doesn't know how to make any of this work with her family's—her mother's—plans.In many ways this is a quiet story: secrets come out, dramatic things happen, but they aren't treated as big explosions. It's nice—leaves more room for insights, I think, and for Garnet to develop over the course of the book. I also like how open her future is at the end of the book: she knows what she wants, and she has a rough plan, but there are still a lot of questions. The same is true for Isabella's future—it's so nice to see characters who manage to make it to the end without every single bow being tied perfectly. It's pretty satisfying! I doubt it's in the offing, but I'd be super happy to see a follow-up book with Garnet (or, for that matter, Isabella) some years later.

  • Heatherblakely
    2019-03-06 05:36

    This was cute. Nothing to write home about, but it's a quick read about two queer girls in the 1920s, with the protagonist going through a lot of personal growth and trying to find herself in a changing society. I like queer historical fiction and need more of it.

  • Stephanie A.
    2019-03-11 12:13

    Beautiful depiction of a 1920s Minnesota summer resort town, even if I did spend most of it feeling entirely lukewarm about the romance, with a side of "...why are you getting naked with someone you literally met a month ago."

  • Cleo
    2019-02-17 11:32

    Silhouette of a Sparrow was an interesting book for young adults published by Milkweed Editions, a small independent publisher. I received a review copy from them. Set in the 1920s, sixteen year old Garnet wants nothing more than to become a scientist and study birds, but her mother has her life all planned: after high school, she'll marry and be a housewife. Garnet is sent away for the summer to stay with relatives at a lakeside resort, and she finds a chance to bloom. There is an amusement park, and a dance hall, and she becomes very intimate with a beautiful, daring flapper named Isabella. It will become the most important summer of Garnet's life. Will she follow her family's expectations or her passions? "Can she seize the freedom she so admires in birds?"I loved many, many things about this book. The overall design of the book was beautiful: the covers, the flaps, and the hardcover itself. It was simple and understated, but perfect. I also loved that Garnet's main hobby is cutting out silhouettes of different birds that she sees. I'd never heard of doing that before, and it fit her well. It's both ladylike enough for her mother, and what she loves. Each chapter is named after a different bird, either one that Garnet sees or a person that reminds her of a certain bird. I wish the author would have included a crow though. The silhouettes are included with the chapter title.The story itself was great too. It was interesting, and very important, the basic follow your family or your dreams line. The flapper era is one that I'm somewhat interested in, though I suppose I'm interested in most historical periods. Silhouette of a Sparrow was more subdued than The Diviners (obviously, they're very different genres), and I liked it better because of that. It used less tacky 1920's lingo; in The Diviners, it was just over-done a bit. You won't find any "pos-i-tute-ly"s or "jake"s or "you bet-ski"s here. The absence of those phrases makes the book seem more realistic, and it makes it more relatable. I could actually imagine Garnet, and I could also imagine being friends with her. Her character wasn't as developed as it could have been, but I still enjoyed the relationship between her and Isabella, though I did think the author's choice of them having a romance was really odd, considering the circumstances.I suppose I should get past my stereotypes. One doesn't think of Minnesota as an exciting place to stay during the summer. But for Garnet, it ends up being so, and it ends up (probably) being one of the most important parts of her life, where she really finds herself, and makes a choice.I'm not sure what rating to give this book. I certainly liked it, but did I love it? One might say the book was a bit too subdued; the 1920's are known for jazz and speakeasies, and parties. Not much of that goes on in Silhouette of a Sparrow. The book is kind of mellow, drifting along in a gentle sort of way. If The Diviners is over-dramatized, then Silhouette of a Sparrow is under-dramatized. All I'm saying is more could have been done with this plot. I still really enjoyed the book.3.5 stars on

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-03 11:23

    Silhouette of a Sparrow/ Molly Beth Griffin/ 2012Genre: LGBTQ Young Adult Fiction/Historical FictionFormat: Book/Novel Plot Summary: In the summer of 1926, sixteen-year-old Garnet Richardson is sent to a lake resort to escape the polio epidemic in the city. She dreams of indulging her passion for ornithology and visiting the famous new amusement park--a summer of fun before she returns for her final year of high school, after which she’s expected to marry a nice boy and settle into middle-class homemaking. But in the country, Garnet finds herself under the supervision of equally oppressive guardians--her father’s wealthy cousin and the matron’s stuck-up daughter. Only a liberating job in a hat shop, an intense, secret relationship with a daring and beautiful flapper, and a deep faith in her own fierce heart can save her from the suffocating boredom of traditional femininity. (summary taken from Goodreads) Considerations and Precautions: This book is set in the early 19th century and deals with the struggle of a teenage girl against the confines of her society. Not all readers will enjoy the setting of the book, and although the setting does not play a big part when it come to language- the reader should understand something of the role of women and their place at the turn of the last century. This book also contains themes of lesbianism and the female protagonist struggle to understand her sexuality. Review Citation: Beck, Kathleen. "Silhouette Of A Sparrow." Voice Of Youth Advocates 35.3 (2012): 260. Middle and Junior High Core Collection (H.W. Wilson).Selection Source: Lammy Award Finalist, Middle and Junior High Core CollectionRecommended Age: 12-17

  • Renata
    2019-02-26 10:18

    Another YA book by a Grinnellian! Take over the teen publishing industry please Grinnell, you do it right. I probably would not have picked this book up except out of Grinnell pride, but I really enjoyed it. It's a historical (1920s) novel that's well-researched without reading like it's just regurgitating facts. And I'm so happy to see a queer historical romance! I took history of women at Grinnell, I know there were lesbians before the 1970s. And here are some in a book! It's weirdly both fast-paced (I read it all in one night) and reflective. Kind of like if Marilynne Robinson were forced to write a book where something had to happen in 150 pages. (PS I love Marilynne Robinson.)I also loved the conservation angle. The one thing I thought was weird is that the protagonist, Garnet, likes to birdwatch and cut out bird silhouettes as her hobby. And she cuts out these silhouettes like, all the time. On the streetcar, on boats, wherever. The narrative said she had a fancy small pair of scissors for just this purpose (a gift from her mother to keep her sewing scissors from being dulled on paper... or a gift from her mother to encourage her art?) But like. What is she doing with the paper scraps? I wondered that literally every time she started cutting out bird shapes in public. I'm aware that this is probably a personal flaw and not a narrative flaw. Library-wise it might be kind of a hard sell. The cover makes it look like it might be about bird monsters and, to me, the book jacket summary sounded kind of boring. I really do think historical fiction readers & realistic romance readers would love it though so I hope it gets picked up by them.

  • Laura
    2019-03-10 10:29

    Set in the flapper era, when "proper" young girls pursued gentle activities and filled hope chests, got married early and deferred to their husbands for all major decisions, this story about a girl who doesn't quite fit in was trying to do a little too much.It's entirely plausible that Garnet was really good at science, that she didn't fit her mother's expectations for what her life should become. It's also plausible that she fell in love with Isabelle. But both? That felt a little much. Her confusion about her role, her desire to do something more than marriage and family were all very real, as was her love of ornithology and her obvious talent at the paper silhouettes of the various birds. You could easily imagine how a smart girl in that era might chafe at societal expectations and yearn for adventure and freedom. Had Isabelle merely provided that outlet: a flapper, a runaway, a girl who fishes and lives alone and has that freedom, I would have been much happier. The love aspect just ruined the book for me - it wasn't necessary and read almost as though the author was trying to say "if you don't fit in, if you're smart, etc., you're possibly a lesbian."ARC provided by publisher.

  • Erin
    2019-02-26 05:27

    Every now and then I come across a book that inspires me to read more, write more, live more, see more, love more, look more...all of that. This was one of those books. I told my friend once I closed the covers, "I just read a book that is going to give me the strength to get through the next stage of my life", and I meant it. This coming of age story is lyrically written. I don't like reviews that tell what a book is about, so i won't do that either, but I will say what types of readers will like this sweet little story. People who like Sheri Reynolds will like this book. (Note: it's not disturbing like Sheri, but lyrically similar and written with similar pacing.)People who like poetry will like this book: Edna St. Vincent Millay for one.I just loved it LOVED IT! And am pleased to know that a new author is out there who I can count on!

  • haley
    2019-03-17 11:14

    Wow, this is actually the first f/f romance I've ever read. I've read a fair amount of of m/m, but f/f is a first for me. And I'm glad I took a chance and tried something different Garnet's cool. She's relatable and I just really like her. At first I thought Isabella was too perfect. But as we get to know her, her flaws and vulnerabilities and struggles are revealed. Made her more realistic and I appreciate it.Obviously I like the romance. It's very sweet and it's built on friendship and I just really enjoy it.I like the setting (1920s Minnesota)! It felt authentic and true to the time period, although I admit I'm not an expert. But it worked for meTl;dr version- Well, I quite enjoyed this. It's probably not a book that will be a treasured favorite or anything, but it was good and I don't regret reading it.

  • Lo
    2019-02-24 10:08

    Finding a book about a healthy, teenage lesbian relationship is rare. Too often YA lesbians fall victim to tropes of experimentation, mental illness and abuse. When you add in the historical element,they're almost lost forever. Griffin created a believable relationship, one restricted by class and culture, in a believable world. She weaves together issues of the times ( shell-shock, Boston marriages, the departure of the Victorian age and the introduction of credit) without going full Gatsby. Garnet lives in this world, so she doesn't feel the need to introduce us to it. While the book is short, and relatively light, it leaves you with an ache for the women of the era, those who had little choice in their future.This would be a fantastic read for book-clubs, and summer reading groups.

  • Lisa
    2019-02-17 05:22

    This book was so sweet and light! However, the story isn't fluffy in a dismissive way - it's a definite coming-of-age tale that involves hard choices. Yet told so gently, it was easy to feel comforted even during the chapters with conflict. You just know that everything will work out in the end. The vocabulary and dialogue reflected the manners of the 1920s, with the focus on every proper word and refined behavior. BUT OH THE KISSING!

  • Clara
    2019-02-17 13:37

    A lovely story about broadening your horizons and following your dreams. Full review on my blog here.

  • Cathy Hartle
    2019-03-01 12:35

    The main character, 16 year-old Garnet, grabbed ahold of me early on. Her gutsy way of exploring life and figuring herself out in the. 1920's made for a fun read. I loved the silhouette story thread throughout.

  • Nora
    2019-03-17 07:17

    A beautifully-written, sweet YA novel about an ornithology-loving girl who feels trapped by the sexist conventions of her time, until she meets an alluring flapper named Isabella. I had trouble believing in the book's 1920s setting, but I can't pinpoint why.Also, wow, the lovely cover!

  • Natasha
    2019-03-18 10:17

    it's always so sad when you really want to love a book but you can't :(

  • Lisa Smith
    2019-02-23 10:11

    Loved! Beautiful writing... very visual and expressive. I will be recommending this one to my customers!