Monday, 16 July 2012

And Both Were Young by Madeleine L'Engle

Rating: Clear Eyed - 3/5
Release Date: April 27th, 2010 (Originally published in 1949)
Publishers: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 256
Source: Bought
Series: Stand-alone!

First, a quick summary from Goodreads: 
"Flip doesn't think she'll ever fit in at the Swiss boarding school chosen by her father's girl friend.  Besides being homesick for her father and Connecticut, she isn't sophisticated like the other girls, and discussions about boys leave her tongue-tied.  Her happiest times are spent apart from the others, sketching or wandering in the mountains.
But the day she's out walking alone and meets a French boy, Paul, things change for Flip.  As their relationship grows, so does her self-confidence.  Yet despite her newfound happiness, there are times when Paul seems a stranger to her.  And since dating is forbidden except for seniors, their friendship must remain a secret.  With so many new feelings and obstacles to overcome in her present, can Flip help Paul to confront his troubled past and find a future?"
Originally published in the 1940s, And Both Were Young is a very cute, fun read. The writing style is very to-the-point while still being a tad bit shy about some things. Hinting and implying instead of just saying what happened. The writing style was also very artistic and the book ended up being a lot more suspenceful than I thought it would be. There were a lot of moments were I was like, "OHMYGOD, WHAT?!"

Paul and Flip were really awesome, but I couldn't stand the girl that Flip's father was seeing.

All in all, when reading And Both Were Young, you must keep in mind that it was written in the 1940s, a time when kissing a boy seemed scandalous. :)

Ps; I apologize for the brief review, I'll do better next time!

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