Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Chasing The Strawberry Moon by Judith A. Grout

An embellished memoir about a teenage girl and her best friend hitchhiking across the western U.S. during the summer of 1939 oblivious to the vital role she is suppose to play in her hometown’s developing money laundering scheme.

Chasing The Strawberry Moon, Hitchhiking (for girls) is an elaborate memoir about coming of age during uncertain times. The historical context was masterfully showcased. The novel doesn't directly address the depression or coming war but there is this sense of foreboding that is echoed through some characters. Multiple characters provide different perspectives that help color the era in terms of lifestyle, status, priorities, and morals. The main character overcomes her naivete through meeting these other characters and contemplating her future. This profound historical social commentary was refreshing and felt authentic.

The novel was arranged from interwoven story lines that created a well rounded story. The characters were intriguing and propelled the story into interesting directions. The setting descriptions were vivid and concise. The dialogue was appropriate for the time period and helped to further immerse the reader. Chasing The Strawberry Moon, Hitchhiking (for girls) is a wonderful story with interesting characters and themes that transcend time.

[Disclaimer: I won a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads]

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