Strings Attached by Judy Blundell
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.
Nate Benedict is Billy's father. He's also a lawyer involved in the mob. He makes Kit a deal--he'll give her an apartment and introduce her to a new crowd. All she has to do is keep him informed about Billy . . . and maybe do him a favor every now and then.
As she did in her National Book Award-winning What I Saw and How I Lied, Judy Blundell traps readers in a web of love, deceit, intrigue, and murder. The result? One stunner of a novel.
My Take: I am in the minority here. I did not really like this book. I struggled to read it. I didn't like the main character , Kit. I thought that she should have known that even though Nate told her that he wouldn't bother her there would be strings attached. Also even though it says that she is a teenager she seemed older.
The going back and forth between time periods with the chapters was a bit distracting. I think that is part of the reason that I never really got to like Kit.
I will admit I am not the target audience for this book but I think that the target should be older than what it is. I don't think my almost 16 yr old would like this book.
I would suggest reading reviews both good and bad and make your own decision about reading this book.
I received this book through the Amazon Vine program