The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
Paraphrased from Goodreads:
Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Addie’s intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine – a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love. Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life. She begins the year she found her voice and made friends who would help shape the course of her life. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighbourhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, Addie recalls her adventures with compassion for the naïve girl she was and a wicked sense of humor.
I really enjoyed this book. It was one of those books with no real plot; like, it’s just the characters going about their daily lives with some conflict here and there. But those can be my favourite, and I enjoyed it. It was a super easy read, but still really interesting. It gave me insight into some of the struggles of people, especially young women, during that time had. It was sad, but had a good ending and the sad parts were all dealt with well. I liked all the characters and the dynamic between them. I liked the exploration of family and friends and thought it was super interesting.
I gave it a 3.5/5 because though I enjoyed it and thought it was really interesting, it wasn’t super groundbreaking and I didn’t immediately want to re-read it, nor has it become a staple in my reading.
I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for a relatively easy read that is still super interesting. If you like memoirs and historical fiction, you’ll probably like this one.