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by Judy Blundell

  • ISBN: 0545282918
  • Author: Judy Blundell
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  • Rating: 4.1 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Scholastic Audio Books; Unabridged edition (March 1, 2011)
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  • Category: Kids
  • Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
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by. Judy Blundell (Author). Praise for Strings Attached: "National Book Award–winner Blundell delivers a brilliantly conceived novel set against the backdrop of the 1950 Kefauver mob hearings and the Red Scare with a story of redemption and truth at its core. School Library Journal. Judy Blundell's WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED is the 2008 winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

Strings Attached Audible Audiobook – Unabridged. At least, my love for her debut novel is what made me want to read STRINGS ATTACHED in the first place. It's not that STRINGS ATTACHED is awful because it isn't. Judy Blundell (Author), Emma Galvin (Narrator), Scholastic Audio (Publisher) & 0 more. It just didn't strike me as much as WISAHIL. Seventeen-year-old Kit Corrigan has moved to New York City, hoping to make it on Broadway.

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From National Book Award winner Judy Blundell, the tale of a sixteen-year-old girl caught in a mix of love, mystery .

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.

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Learn more about Judy Blundell. Browse Judy Blundell’s best-selling audiobooks and newest titles. Discover more authors you’ll love listening to on Audible. Judy Blundell is a New York Times bestselling author of more than one hundred books for children. In 2008 she won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature for her novel, What I Saw and How I Lied. Her adult novel, The High Season, will be published by Random House in May 2018. Blundell was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Queens, New York.

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.FORMAT: 5 CDs, UnabridgedNARRATOR: TBAKit Corrigan has always dreamed of being a star. But in order to get there, she needs to break up with Billy, who's going to Korea, and leave her family behind in Providence, RI, to move to New York City. She finds small roles, and a hard city to live in. She finds out that she's made a deal with Billy's father, Nate (a lawyer who defends mobsters), and has to do what he asks of her. And she finds a mystery that she needs to solve in order to protect the people she loves.
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Freighton
this was an absolutely amazing book!!! im so glad i got it ... i couldnt put it down!! thanks for the great price, too!!
Mettiarrb
It's been a long time since I read Judy Blundell's first YA, WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED, but I think I preferred her debut. At least, my love for her debut novel is what made me want to read STRINGS ATTACHED in the first place. It's not that STRINGS ATTACHED is awful because it isn't. It just didn't strike me as much as WISAHIL.

Seventeen-year-old Kit Corrigan has moved to New York City, hoping to make it on Broadway. Instead, all she finds is a part as a chorus girl in a lousy, off-off-Broadway show. Until she runs into Nate Benedict, the father of her boyfriend and a lawyer with mob associations. He offers her an apartment and helps her get in a job dancing in a popular nightclub. In exchange, all she has to do is keep him updated on his son and occasionally do him small favors, like passing on a suitcase or passing on information about the nightclub's patrons. Kit's in a dangerous place, and she doesn't know how to get herself out.

Here's the thing about STRINGS ATTACHED. None of the characters are particularly likable. Take Kit. I really want to like her because she's not like a lot of female YA protagonists. She's not a Mary Sue; she's not a good student, she's not clumsy, and she's not overly dependent on a guy that she fell in love at first sight with. Kit's stubborn and has some spunk, but unfortunately, she's also an idiot. She seems like the kind of girl who would have a good head on her shoulders, between her spunk and her growing up in a poor neighborhood and her determination to make it in New York City, but she makes the decision to accept Nate Benedict's help, despite feeling that it's not the best idea. In addition, she's in an emotionally abusive relationship. Billy, her boyfriend and Nate's son, is a jerk. Sure, he had a challenging childhood and is under a lot of pressure from his father, but he's irrationally jealous. He's determined to make Kit into his enemy; he doesn't trust her at all, and yet Kit doesn't walk away. For a girl who seems like she could make it on her own, she has trouble standing up for herself when it really counts, and it's frustrating to read. She should be such a strong female character, and she isn't.

I think there's also perhaps too many things going on in this novel. It jumps back and forth in time, between Kit's life in New York City in November 1950 and events going back to her childhood. The jumps don't always seem to follow a logical pattern, and it means that a good portion of the book is not about Kit's current situation. Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of flashbacks, but the bigger problem is that a lot is going on for Kit in November 1950. She's working and dealing with being Nate Benedict's informant (possibly). She's wondering just what exactly is going on with Billy and if she should marry him. She's making friend with the neighbor's boy, whose parents are out-of-work teachers and suspected Communists. There are a lot of potentially interesting threads, but none of them really take off. None of them are developed enough to make a really interesting, compelling story. The ending is underwhelming and somewhat random as well, and since I didn't care about any of the characters, I was all very "whatever", and this isn't the kind of book that should have such a dull ending. It should be a novel filled with intrigue, and it isn't. It's just passably interesting.

I do like Blundell's writing, though; it's a quick read, and I do like the setting. There's not much YA set in the fifties, and I think Blundell does a good job at capturing the feeling of New York City after World War II. A lot of times, historical fiction doesn't feel authentic, but Blundell's does, so if you're a fan of historical fiction, this might be worth checking out.
Anen
This was a fascinating look at New York in 1950 through the eyes of 17-year-old Kit Corrigan. Kit is the youngest of the Corrigan Three - triplets whose mother died at their birth. They were raised by her father Jimmy and her Aunt Delia. Their father made them public celebrities just because they were triplets. They got product endorsements and appeared at county fairs and other public celebrations. It was a way for the family to make money during the Depression but life was still hard. Kit embraced the performing life and is determined to become a Broadway star.

At first when I began the story, I thought that I had missed a previous book. There were so many allusions to previous events. As I kept reading, I discovered that there were numerous flashbacks in the book that helped me fill in the blanks. It did make the start of the book confusing and difficult for me. Once I got past them and started getting the big picture, I enjoyed the book much more.

The story is both a coming-of-age story and a story that does include, as the product description says, deceit, intrigue, and murder. Kit gradually learns family secrets that had been concealed from her all her life. She also gradually becomes involved with the Mob through her connection with Nate Benedict. It all starts with asking for and taking favors.

The Corrigans and the Benedicts have been involved since before the Corrigan Three were born. Jimmy, Delia, and Nate Benedict had been friends during Prohibition when they were bootlegging and running alcohol down from Canada. Delia and Nate had a romance but didn't marry because Nate wasn't going to go straight. They separated and their lives took much different paths. Nate became a successful lawyer who worked for organized crime. Jimmy, Delia and the kids lived a difficult, hand-to-mouth life.

Their lives entwined when Nate saves Delia from a hurricane. Their lives entwined again when Kit meets Billy who is Nate's son and they fall in love. But Billy has secrets of his own, anger issues and is jealous of Kit's other friends. When they fight, Billy runs off to join the Army and Kit runs to New York to start her search for stardom.

This was a complex but entertaining book filled with memorable characters and interesting situations. Readers who enjoy historical fiction would enjoy this one.
Dolid
An interesting story which, as with some YA novels, I wish had actually been written instead as adult fiction so the author didn't have to pull any punches when talking about sex, violence or relationships. At the heart of it 'Strings Attached' is a pretty juicy noir-ish tale rooted in some beautifully researched tales about America during and after the war, but I think ultimately the author herself had too many strings she was attempting to weave together, and things got messy. The occasional devolution into a deus ex machina plot point or a convenient twist did nothing for the intriguing cast of characters. Also: the element which utterly fascinated me - spoilers - the possible sexual relationship between the protagonist's brother and her boyfriend - was barely given the time of day, since of course it wasn't their story, but every time I came across even the vaguest mention of it I wanted the entire book to be about them instead. That would make for some fascinating reading.

Also: heinous art direction on the cover. How hard is it to style a pretty girl into a 1950s costume and put up a decent-looking title? I'd probably buy this book on the cover alone if it looked early-Mad Men enough.

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