Strings Attached by Judy Blundell

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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, 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.
 

About Judy Blundell

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Judy Blundell's WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED is the 2008 winner of The National Book Award for Young People's Literature. As Jude Watson, she is the author of the bestselling Star Wars: Last of the Jedi and Jedi Quest series. She lives in Katonah, New York.
 
Published April 1, 2011 by Scholastic Press. 325 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Romance, History, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Like her Aunt Delia before her, she came to New York to escape a suffocating life in Providence and what Jamie calls “the Irish form of advancement—you don’t dare do better than those before you.” Kit’s father had scraped together a living off the novelty of his motherless triplets, the Corrigan ...

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Nate, we learn, has long done favors for Kit’s family, and he now persuades Kit to take an apartment free of charge in a building he owns in the West Village, hoping to lure his estranged son to New York for a reunion.

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The Guardian

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It shows Kit transform from a young girl purely focussed on singing and dancing, to a teenager worried about what people think and caught up in a world of lies that she cannot escape.

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To a lot of readers—myself included—Judy Blundell appeared to burst onto the YA scene with What I Saw and How I Lied, her National Book Award-winning, coming-of-age noir mystery.

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Book Reporter

Kit is a 17-year-old triplet who comes from the Corrigan clan, "a long line of lunkheads going straight back to County Galway" and who can't seem to catch a break.

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Christian Science Monitor

It’s 1950, and the 17-year-old protagonist of Judy Blundell’s new novel Strings Attached has run away from Providence, R.I., to New York after a blowup that caused her boyfriend and her triplet brother to enlist to fight the Korean War.

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Deseret News

But it is Kathleen, or "Kit," unlike her brother and sister, who at 9 knew the stage was “where I belonged.” Before even completing high school, Kit leaves her Providence, R.I., home and boyfriend, Billy, for New York City seeking the glamour o...

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Beverley Guardian

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Blundell’s vibrant and atmospheric writing gives the memorable Kit an authentic voice and personality allowing her story to unfold through flashbacks and a range of well-drawn, almost tangibly real characters from her drunken father to the corrupt Nate and his vulnerable son Billy.

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BookRack

I did like the little bits involving the mob, and thought perhaps it should have focused more on that (who doesn’t like mob stories?!) but there were fragments of that through the book.

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The Overflowing Library

She is one of those characters that you really want to champion as she really goes through it in order to try and follow her dreams.

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Open Salon

Dancing in a third-rate chorus show, subsisting on donuts and peanuts, and paying the mother of one of the chorus girls to sleep on their couch, Kit is hard put to resist the offer of a free apartment and a job as a Lido Doll from her ex-boyfriend's lawyer/gangser father, Nate "No Witnesses" Bene...

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WAPL Teens

After everything that happened that summer, Billy is no longer speaking to his father - and Nate doesn't know that Kit broke up with Billy.

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New York Public Library

Filled with mystery and romance, Strings Attached is an atmospheric novel that defies expectations and will draw readers in from the first line to the very last.* *I don’t want to spoil anything, but I have to say Strings Attached probably has my most favorite last paragraph...

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