Release Date: March 1, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Amazon Vine
From National Book Award winner Judy Blundell, the tale of a sixteen-year-old girl caught in a mix of love, mystery, Broadway glamour, and Mob retribution in 1950 New York.
When Kit Corrigan arrives in New York City, she doesn’t have much. She’s fled from her family in Providence, Rhode Island, and she’s broken off her tempestuous relationship with a boy named Billy, who’s enlisted in the army.
The city doesn’t exactly welcome her with open arms. She gets a bit part as a chorus girl in a Broadway show, but she knows that’s not going to last very long. She needs help–and then it comes, from an unexpected source.
Nate Benedict is Billy’s father. He’s also a lawyer involved in the mob. He makes Kit a deal–he’ll give her an apartment and introduce her to a new crowd. All she has to do is keep him informed about Billy . . . and maybe do him a favor every now and then.
As she did in her National Book Award-winning What I Saw and How I Lied, Judy Blundell traps readers in a web of love, deceit, intrigue, and murder. The result? One stunner of a novel.
When I opened Strings Attached by Judy Blundell, I don’t know what exactly I was expecting, but it wasn’t the trilling wild ride that I found! This is a fantastic unputdownable book! Strings Attached is full of twists and turns and I never saw any of them coming.
While this is set in 1950, Kit Corrigan is just like any 17 year old girl today. Except maybe a little more mature than your average 17 year old. Her heart is broken, both by her boyfriend and her family. She packs up her things and moves to New York City with her Broadway dreams. She’s barely making ends meet when her her ex-boyfriend’s father shows up and offers her a place to live. That offer, of course, comes with a price.
Kit was a excellent main character. I read some reviews that say she was naive and shouldn’t have fell for Nate’s schemes. But she was in a bleak situation, and you always want to trust the people you know. I thought Kit was smart and willful. She handled things realistically in my opinion. The only thing I took issue with was her relationship with Billy. He was clearly unstable, but she wanted to be with him anyway.
Strings Attached is told in snippets. We get to see Kit’s day to day life in NYC, but you also get a look back at all the events that lead up to the situation she is in. This style made the amazing writing even more layered. The ending–really the last 50 pages–were truly stunning. I was biting my nails and sitting on the edge of my seat, and I didn’t see any of THAT coming!
I loved this book and I think you will too! The writing is wonderful. The descriptions of life in NYC in 1950 were vivid, and the plot is gripping! Read it!