Judy Blundell’s Strings Attached

(Apologies to those receiving email updates: this was originally published on my old blog and has since been uploaded here)

After reading this book of heart break and secrets, the strings attached to your heart will well and truly be snapped into pieces. All that because of Kit Corrigan wanting to live like an actress and getting caught up in an older generations love story.

It felt like this book had strings attached to me, and I just couldn’t put it down. It was a real page turner, a heart beater and a tear dropper. This is a teen book that’s all about romance, how that leads to grudges, murders, secrets and family trouble. It all sounds very dramatic, but then Kit always wanted to be an actress and be a star on Broadway – now her whole life is one long act.

Kit Corrigan, the youngest triplet of the Corrigan three seems to be a very lucky normal Providence girl. Even though her mother died in childbirth, her father brought him and the Corrigan three up through the great depression. Kit got offered dance lessons and singing lessons from a young age, and she was living the dream in her mind. As she got older that luck seemed to continue, her aunt helped out as much as she could, her dad found love and that meant better cooking for everybody and Kit got to date a Browns college boy.

However, for Kits life to carry on being so perfect would never make a great book, or at least not an emotional and gripping book. Suddenly the book becomes slightly confusing, bouncing between the war in the past of 1945 to the present of the Korean war in 1950. 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.

The whole book is set around Kit, this girl that makes it into shows and becomes a Lido dancer, many girls in Providence dream of such things. Though, it’s all about Kit – as Kit would like it to be, it shows a different side too it all. She gets dragged into something she doesn’t understand, poor innocent Kit finds herself dragged into things she doesn’t even understand.

Her god loving aunt turned out to be breaking sins by being a mistress to a very powerful lawyer and possibly gangster. That lawyer is Kits boyfriends dad. Through Kits innocence though she doesn’t realise exactly what happened, and when she does it’s out of her hands and unstoppable.

Suddenly her perfect life is turned around and she leaves her free apartment in New York, stops being a Lido dancer and dashes back to Providence but not for the happy ending one might hope. The plot is enough to make you break down in tears, on more than one occasion. It seems very emotional for a teen book, but the love story in it shows how young love can do different things to many types of people.

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