By reading Going on Nine by Catherine Fitzpatrick I was transported back to the summers of my own childhood. While this book is based in the 1950's, and my childhood wasn't until 30 years later, so many good memories came flooding back as I read this book.
"From the morning of my eighth birthday, I regarded myself as going on nine. By then, I had long since melded into the loose confederation of children who were essentially feral from apricot dawn to lavender dusk. Our world was Thistle Way, a neighborhood of twenty-eight modest houses that faced one another in a circle."
And so begins the story of a young girl, "going on nine". While it only spans one summer it is filled with adventure, laughter, sadness...life growing up in the 50's. I loved how each chapter was focused on different families/children in the neighborhood. And yet it flowed so seamlessly.
This is the summer read. It's not chick-lit, but is easy reading. The lovely descriptions make you feel like a child of summertime again. While it is fiction, you learn a lot of history about the 1950's in a very interesting way. I look forward to any future books by Catherine Fitzpatrick!
Disclaimer: This book was given to me by Familius Publishing in exchange for my honest review.