REVIEW: Strings Attached by Judy Blundell

Strings Attached by Judy Blundell
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (March 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0545221269
Source: Pulisher
Rating: YYYY
Summary: from GOODREADS

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.
With a new novel now set in the 1950's proceeding author Judy Blundell's National Book Award winner, What I Saw and How I Lied, Strings Attached proves to be just as suspensful, well detailed and beautifully written. A slow building story that pulls you in and holds your attention until the very end.

After a horrific fight with her family and boyfriend, Kit Corrigan drops out of school and decides to leave home and pursue her dreams of becoming a star on the Broadway stage, but luck has not been her friend. Although she has a job as a chorus girl in a play, it's nothing to remember and she is also sleeping on her cast mate's couch, whom despises her. Yes, luck as overlooked her until, that is, she runs into Nate Benedict, the father of her ex-boyfriend Billy whom propositions her with an offer she cannot seem to refuse. He puts her up in a nice apartment and helps her get THE job at an posh nightclub. Luck begins to turn for Kit but Nate’s help comes with a steep price and she soon finds herself in over her head, drowning in a web of lies and deception.

What I admire most is how seamlessly the story flows from present day 1950 to Kit's past, highlighting moments that would come back to plague and haunt her. I witnessed her life story; her family, her relationships and her drive to be on the stage. These brief vignettes all gave me an insight into Kit and what motivated her choices and how that naivete and need ultimately caused her to make a bad choice. Because she always suspected that the generous offer that Nate gave her had strings attached but she accepted nonetheless and it isn't until a death that reveals a sordid affair, unraveling a tangled web of family secrets that she realizes how much of a pawn she truly is. Tracing this journey of Kit's realization and growth is at the heart of this story while showcasing a moment in history that is peppered with the effects of the Korean War, McCarthyism, organized crime and the dreams of it's youth.

Strings Attached is coming-of-age story that although retro in it's presentation will appeal to all in the modern YA genre. A feat that is adoringly accomplished because of Blundell's attention to detail and dialogue for an era that has long disappeared but is not forgotten. And although this novel may have been set in a different time it's protagonist and her choices can still be applied to any situation today. Strings Attached is a novel you cannot miss, a must read for 2011. Broadway, Mobsters, Forbidden Love and Lies. Now this is book worth talking about.

Favorite Quote:

"I was staring at my life and I saw how every choice had let to the next, that it wasn't some big fall but a series of steps, each one of my choosing."


  1. I can't even begin to express how much I want this one. It sounds so amazing! So glad to see you enjoyed it and thanks for posting the trailer. First time I've seen it. :D


  2. Like your review, this books sounds very insteresting, will add it to my to-read list.


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