Quick read. I would probably put this more in the Young Adult category as I was a bit disappointed at the lack of historical details of this book (the reason I had chosen this read.) It was set in the 60’s, but other than a few references to record players, it could have really been set anywhere at anytime.
It’s a story about a young girl, Maggie Wheaton, who loses everything she knows and loves and discovers secrets about her past. It makes me dread having a 16-year-old someday! The reader sways back and forth between feeling sympathy for Maggie and wanting to slap some sense into her. It was also very predictable.
It includes many issues facing teenagers, both now and I’m guessing in the 60’s too. Wanting independence, to be heard, and to decide things for themselves. But ultimately realizing that grown-ups may have a bit more wisdom than they want to admit and there is a reason 16-year-olds shouldn’t be making decisions for themselves.
Not a bad read, just not what I was expecting and it left me wanting more. A common theme for me these days! So I’ll leave it at that, a short story that maybe would be good for teenagers and their parents alike to open up communication.
Thanks to NetGalley and Severn House for allowing me to preview.
1960s. Maggie Wheaton’s life is almost perfect. Confident, bright and popular, she lives with her loving, wealthy parents in a close-knit Cambridgeshire village. But, just days after her sixteenth birthday, her world falls apart: an accident kills both her parents, and then she suffers the ultimate betrayal when she learns a life-changing family secret. Maggie has no choice but to go and live with her appointed guardian, Ruby Riordan, in the seaside town of Southend, where she sets out on a deliberate path of self-destruction. Will Ruby be able to save her from herself, or is it all too little too late?