06. August 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Andrea, Fiction, Mystery, Teen Books

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly, 396 pages, read by Andrea, on 08/05/2012

Sixteen-year-old Mattie Gokey wants to go to college and be a writer. Today that is reachable, but for Mattie in the early 1900’s this was nearly impossible. After her mother death, Mattie was left with 3 younger sisters to watch over and chores to do, all of which do nothing to get her closer to her dream. Her father, heartbroken by the death of his wife and loss of his son, who leaves the family after her death, becomes hardened toward everyone, especially Mattie. When her father finally decides to let her work at the Glenmore, a hotel near her farm, Mattie receives more than just money. Hotel guest Grace Brown asks her to burn a bundle of letters for her. Just a few hours later, her drowned body is found in the lake, and Mattie decides to read her letters to find out the truth about Ms. Brown’s untimely death. The truth she uncovers inspires Mattie to follow her dreams. I found this book interesting because it was based upon the murder of a young woman named Grace Brown’s that happened in the Adirondack Mountain area. Alternating between the two time periods, each chapter focuses on Mattie before the murder and the day of the murder (Mattie’s present time). it kind of compares her before she realizes who she wants to be and how important her goals are to when she still thought she would never leave home.

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