An Exploded Diagram

Book - 2011
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In 1960s Norfolk, England, seventeen-year-old Clem Ackroyd lives with his mother and grandmother in a tiny cottage, but his life is transformed when he falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy farmer in this tale that flashes back through the stories of three generations.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2011.
ISBN: 9780763652272
Characteristics: 385 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.


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Jul 07, 2012

I wouldn't say that this was a fantastic book, because it sometimes got somewhat sad and depressing. But, it had enough of a plot and the interesting view and facts on the Cuban Missile crisis made it worth reading.

Jan 30, 2012

Although this would be a wonderful book for baby boomers to discuss in a book club setting, I'm not sure I see a lot of appeal for young adults or teen readers. It's all way too real to be a fun read. Who wants to read about the everyday drudgery of life? But Mal Peet is dead on when he contrasts the banal with the big historical events and characters that play in the background of our lives. Peet's interpretation of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the JFK years was an eye opener for me. And although this pivotal event had no direct effect on the teenage lovers across the ocean in England, it's fascinating to see how its collateral damage impacted them. You start to understand that no-one lives in a vacuum. We are all affected to varying degrees by the times in which we live. I'm not sorry I read this book, even though it didn't grab me as hard as other stories I've read recently... like Annabel. It could be because the story is told from the guy's perspective and I found it hard to relate. Although I'm sure Clem loved his girlfriend every bit as hard as his girlfriend loved him back, it's clear boys behave differently than girls on nearly every emotional level.


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Sexual Content: Two of the characters get deeply sexual

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