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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith - 9/10

Updated: Feb 26



A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is the story of a girl named Francie. It follows Francie through her childhood as she grows up impoverished in Brooklyn, New York in the early twentieth century. The story explores love, family, friends, school, feminism, war, wealth, death, and countless other fascinating things. This is a wonderful book that is beautiful and very interesting due to the fact that it was written by a woman in the forties.


AGE RANGE TEEN


THEMES

Family

Coming of Age

World War I

New York

Poverty


OVERALL RATING 9/10

This is a pretty great book. Some of the language used is outdated now, since it was written in the forties, but it's fine. I really enjoyed reading it.


PROS

Educational

Well written

Unique

Explores difficult topics


CONS

Outdated language

Explores the topic of rape which could be triggering for some people



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