Saturday, March 5, 2016

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Welcome to day three of the 30 Day Polyvore Challenge! Today's quest is to post about a book you love, and I'm so happy it was worded that way. Why? Because I'm a total bookworm and can't choose a favorite book. That's like asking me to pick a favorite emotion or favorite feeling...and it's simply impossible!

I first read this book a few years back over the summer. I worked at a daycare, and once the kids were down for a nap I needed something to keep me occupied so I wouldn't fall asleep as well. Once I picked up this book, I couldn't put it down. Don't get me wrong: it doesn't move very fast. But it is so impactful if you have the time.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn tells the coming-of-age story of young Francie Nolan growing up in 20th century Williamsburg. She lives in great poverty for most of her life, but it certainly doesn't affect her flair for all things creative. Throughout the novel, readers are presented with themes of youth, loss of innocence, man vs. environment, love, work, family, and (perhaps the most prominent) education. I've read it a few times since that first summer. Now, the cover is fraying, the corners are crinkled with love, and the pages have absorbed my thoughts and tears.

My favorite quote of the novel though, comes at a time of desperate prayer for Francie; when she is overwhelmingly fearful of living a boring life. I was going to say it was my favorite quote because it's just as beautifully written as the rest of the novel, but I know better. It's my favorite quote because I've prayed that prayer a time or two myself.

So if you're looking for a book recommendation; one to make you laugh and one to make you cry, one to make you think and one to make you dream, one to give you faith in hope and hope in love, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is undoubtedly your best option.

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