Grade 10 Reviews
Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
Review by: Taylor L.
Ohio, Grade 10
Julie didn't know what had happened, or how she'd ended up at Aunt Cordelia's
house that night; but she did know that her whole childhood was to be transformed that
day, along with her teenage years. The story Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt takes the
reader back to the 1970's where the main character Julie Trelling, explains her
childhood and how her relationship builds with her family.
Julie is the youngest in her family with one brother and one sister, Christopher
and Laura. Her mother died when she was a little girl and her father wasn't a big
influence or role model in her life. Because of this, the decision was made that Julie and
Chris were to live with Aunt Cordelia for a while since Laura had married and moved
out. Cordelia's personality is uptight and particular about certain things. She is set on
certain values and doesn't like when plans change unexpectedly. Cordelia is very neat
and teaches in a small school house that Julie and Chris attend. At first, Julie wasn't
very happy about staying with Cordelia, but as her time there progressed, she
developed a very special relationship with her.
During Julie's teenage years, she learns many lessons about life and others. For
example, growing up, Julie and Laura were very close and shared almost everything.
However, when Laura left and got married, that relationship weakened and Julie was no
longer Laura's number one person. Julie had to learn that she doesn't have be Laura's
number one person to be important to her.
Julie also had trouble with boys and her love life during high school. She ''fell in
love'' with Brett Kingsman who wasn't who she thought he was after all. However, it all
worked out when finally she realized that who she really loved all along, was right in
front of her.
Towards the end of the story, Julie had the drive to write. She was influenced by
her Uncle Haskell but was often scared to make her work public. Her uncle Haskell was
an alcoholic and his health rapidly declined throughout the book. They too, developed a
special relationship towards the end of the book.
I enjoyed this book a lot and I think anyone else who reads it will too! Although, I
believe Hunt's main audience is teens and young adults. It is a great read and many life
lessons can be taken from it; like never giving up, keeping a determined attitude, and
following your dreams. If you're interested and want to find out more about Julie
Trelling's life then this book is perfect for you!
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