Author: Connie Lacy
Title: A Daffodil for Angie
Genre(s): Young adult; historical; historical fiction; Coming of age
Review: This well-written coming of age novel is sensitive, charismatic, and insightful. Angie is a teenage girl growing up in a time when social issues are prominent and there is movement for change. Connie paints each scene with a delicate hand conveying what it would have been like to navigate through a difficult time in American history while also becoming a young woman. I really enjoyed how she created Angie's character as someone who normally would have easily belonged with the "in crowd," but due to her conscientiousness and desire for positive social changes, readers see glimpses of her inner struggles when she witnesses daily injustices. Angie has a lot of depth and strength for a young teenage girl, especially given the era she grew up in. The supporting characters also helped the plot develop and I think they each added a stroke to the painting that created more life and realism. Overall, my favorite part was witnessing Angie's character navigate through incredibly difficult situations, as well as how Connie brought this time period to light in a very meaningful way. I think readers who enjoy coming of age novels with depth and great supporting characters will have a good time reading A Daffodil for Angie
Book Description: "It's 1966. Mini-skirts are in. Beatlemania is in full swing. And Angie Finley is starting high school with frosted hair and contacts, ready to find a boyfriend. But her dad's in Vietnam as young men burn their draft cards. School integration turns ugly as a black classmate is bullied. Her mom pushes her to be a cheerleader while the women's rights movement is heating up. And a pushy antiwar activist in her class is driving her crazy. But a handsome quarterback thinks her new look is perfect. And he wants to do a lot more than just make out. Set against a backdrop of the tumultuous 1960s, "A Daffodil for Angie" is a vivid coming-of-age story about a teenager grappling with what kind of person she wants to be. Should she trust the adults who sent her father to Vietnam? Should she try to do something about attacks on the first black student in her class? Should she let her sexy boyfriend score a touchdown? The 1960s comes alive as Angie tries to make sense of the social upheaval around her while struggling to keep a lid on her raging hormones."
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