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  Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

Review by: Colby R.
Missouri, Grade 10

Picture this—a young boy with Irish immigrants as parents, growing up in America, the ''Promised Land''. However, the family chose to go to America in the middle of the Great Depression, when money was hard to come by, and times in general were tough. However, after a death in said family, they realize that America, the then-economically unstable country, wasn't as good as they had hoped, so they went back to Ireland, where the young boy, Francis McCourt, would grow up and do his best to fit in with his motherland while trying to break from the ''Yankee ways''. With this information, however, I find it interesting that this book was much more mature than I had originally anticipated.

I enjoyed ''Angela's Ashes'' because, although it had been decently mature, it still had its moments of childish innocence, as the story is told by a growing boy, may he be five or twelve or nineteen. The evolution of Frank's mindset and life in general is shown incredibly well, as he uses more logic, uses larger words and sentences, and understands more concepts as he ages. I would say that Frank captured his childhood quite nicely. I also enjoyed this book because of its writing style, because it forces one to read slower, to take in the information, as Frank does not use punctuation such as quotations, so one must be extremely careful to find out who is talking, so dialogue is not missed. All in all, ''Angela's Ashes'' was a great book to read in order to stray away from one's problems, and hopefully, understand another's.

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