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Mary Jane
Mary Jane | Jessica Anya Blau
Almost Famous meets Daisy Jones and the Six in this funny, wise, and tender novel about a fourteen-year-old girl's coming of age in 1970s Baltimore, caught between her straight-laced family and the progressive family she nannies for--who happen to be secretly hiding a famous rock star and his movie star wife for the summer. "Funny, sad, sharp, charming, surprising, big-hearted and true both to its characters and its time." -- Nick Hornby In 1970s Baltimore, fourteen-year-old Mary Jane loves cooking with her mother, singing in her church choir, and enjoying her family's subscription to the Broadway Showtunes of the Month record club. Shy, quiet, and bookish, she's glad when she lands a summer job as a nanny for the daughter of a local doctor. A respectable job, Mary Jane's mother says. In a respectable house. The house may look respectable on the outside, but inside it's a literal and figurative mess: clutter on every surface, Impeachment: Now More Than Ever bumper stickers on the doors, cereal and takeout for dinner. And even more troublesome (were Mary Jane's mother to know, which she does not): the doctor is a psychiatrist who has cleared his summer for one important job--helping a famous rock star dry out. A week after Mary Jane starts, the rock star and his movie star wife move in. Over the course of the summer, Mary Jane introduces her new household to crisply ironed clothes and a family dinner schedule, and has a front-row seat to a liberal world of sex, drugs, and rock and roll (not to mention group therapy). Caught between the lifestyle she's always known and the future she's only just realized is possible, Mary Jane will arrive at September with a new idea about what she wants out of life, and what kind of person she's going to be.
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Tiffiney I loved this one... 2d
KathyWheeler I really enjoyed this book. 2d
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JenReadsAlot
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So most of the adults sucked, but Mary Jane was fantastic!! My #doublespin for December @TheAromaofBooks @StayCurious

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
Megabooks Such a cute book! 1mo
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JenReadsAlot
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My #bookspin and #doublespin for December! I love the Dalai Llama's cat series! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
JamieArc I really enjoyed the audio of Mary Jane 2mo
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Megabooks
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I‘ve been a fan of Blau for years, and I previously enjoyed this in print, but the #audiobook adds to the fun with music!

Singer Jimmy and star Sheba come to a sleepy Baltimore suburb to get treatment by a local psychiatrist. Mary Jane is hired to care of the doctor‘s daughter and learns a lot about adult life and music while teaching them about domesticity. Some may think it‘s too cute, but it hits the right note of fun and innocence for me.

KathyWheeler I loved this book — I listened to it as well and agree about the audio. I‘d never heard of the author before though. 2mo
Cinfhen I did audio too and thought it was super fun!! A sweet coming of age story 2mo
Megabooks @KathyWheeler @Cinfhen definitely great on audio! 2mo
Reviewsbylola I enjoyed this one! 2mo
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Bakingbookworm
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2.5 STARS - Slow moving plot, unlikable and one-dimensional characters (except for MJ and wee Izzy). This book did not live up to its hype and made me very uncomfortable and exasperated in a few spots. Not my cuppa tea at all.

Review: https://bit.ly/MaryJaneReview

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JoyBlue
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Mehso-so
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mandarchy
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My parents got married on this day in 1965. We share a Kindle account & they are voracious readers. I tagged the last book all 3 of us read. Since the start of the pandemic they have sheltered in place in Florida. They only go out to see a dr or pick up groceries. All of our visits have been canceled. This picture is from the last time they came to stay with me. I can't wait to see them again & it breaks my ♥️ that I don't know when that will be.

TrishB Covid sucks 😞 5mo
SamAnne I am so bummed about Delta. I live in a hotspot. The only bright spot? I‘ll have more time for reading the next few months…. 5mo
SamAnne And love that photo! 5mo
mandarchy @SamAnne stay safe! The numbers are really climbing here and it's unsettling. 5mo
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AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH
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Overall Rating 4¾⭐ | Narration 😍 = Amazing
This is a real feel-good kind of story...
Mary Jane is fourteen years old and coming of age in 1975 with the help of some groovy music, a drug-addicted rock musician who is trying to get clean, a lovable starlet, and a quirky, progressively liberal (for the times) family of three. This for sure gave me some Almost Famous vibes. If you liked Almost Famous, you‘ll probably like this too.

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OriginalCyn620
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#two4tuesday

1. Beauty and the Beast! Oh, and You‘ve Got Mail! 📚
2. The tagged book. Love the 70s setting! 🎬

If you want to play, consider yourself tagged! 🤗

TheSpineView Thanks for playing and happy Tuesday! 🤩📖📚🌞 6mo
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peaknit
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Listened to Mary Jane on my run today. I‘m really enjoying this story, the narrator is so good. The story is told from the perspective of a 14-year-old Mary Jane. She is so earnest and curious, on her best summer nanny gig. Wildly different.

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OriginalCyn620
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Loved it! A great summer read!

#bookspin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 6mo
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JafPete
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Read Mary Jane and The Final Review of Opal and Nev back to back. Both great reads, though growing up in a very conservative area and getting the chance to expose myself to new ideas and people in my teens, I identified with Mary Jane more than Opal. Loved the music both books evoked!

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GidgetsTreasures75
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7-11-21: My 74th finished book of 2021! 1970s Baltimore. Mary Jane is spending the summer as a nanny for the Cone family. From the outside they seem respectable but inside are a mess. Dr. Cone is a psychiatrist who has cleared his summer to take care of one patient, a famous rock star. Throughout the summer Mary Jane helps the family maintain some normalcy. This was a cute one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️👍🏼📖#️⃣7️⃣4️⃣

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Cathy_J
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I enjoyed this one. I don't usually read "coming of age" stories and I haven't been able to do much reading before falling asleep lately ? but this book was a bit like comfy slippers that I was happy to keep coming back to. Mary Jane is a sheltered 14 year old living in 1970s Baltimore who learns a thing or two when she accepts a summer babysitting job with the Cone family ? ⭐⭐⭐.5

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BekaReid
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Perfect summer read! Mary Jane is a coming of age story set in the mid-70's that lightly touches on some heavy topics. I found it to be both entertaining, hopeful, and at times frustrating. There were points where I laughed out loud and others where I cringed recognizing things from my own upbringing.

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This ⬆️

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BookishTrish
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Mehso-so

A 14-year year old summer nanny learns there is more to life than what her conservative parents have promised. Not much happens and Mary Jane is alternately super naive and wise beyond her years. Imagine: Dirty Dancing with no romance and no lift.

AmyG Yeah, I felt the same way about this book. 7mo
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OriginalCyn620
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Just like last month, I‘m SO excited for my picks! My #bookspin is the tagged book, and the other is my #doublespin. Let the games begin! 🎆

EvieBee Your mug is so hilarious! 7mo
OriginalCyn620 Thanks @EvieBee … I chuckle every time I use it! 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 7mo
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mandarchy
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I really loved this book. It made me crave being part of a group. My pandemic circle is too small and not nearly as desirable. Good thing they aren't reading my review... this book was a lot of fun. As for my reading challenge, I'm right in schedule. I need to find my next read. But I think I'll let Mary Jane linger a while. I'm glad my parents weren't squares ❤

Megabooks So glad you enjoyed it!! 7mo
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mandarchy
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I think I'll hang this in my house.

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mandarchy
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl
First sentence and part of the next sentence for shock value. 😲

rwmg 🧐 I don't think I could read this book. My nerves wouldn't stand it 7mo
mandarchy @rwmg 😄😆🤣😉 7mo
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Jas16
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Spending the summer working for the Cone family taking care of their daughter, sheltered Mary Jane comes to realize that every not family is like her own and not every adult shares her parents‘ world view. I was annoyed by Mary Jane in the beginning but overtime was just as charmed by her and her story as everyone else in the book grows to be. A fun and light audiobook with a great narrator.

KathyWheeler She really was a great narrator. I‘m glad I listened to this book because of her. (edited) 7mo
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daena
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Library hold is in! Really excited for this one, as I am in need of a light escape. #dogsoflitsy #pitbullsoflitsy #dobby

CaffeineAndCandy ❤️ the bookmark 8mo
Nute Nice bookmark! 8mo
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KathyWheeler
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I really liked this coming-of-age story. Mary Jane is 14 in the 1970s, and becomes a summertime nanny for a family that‘s very different from her strait-laced, conservative one. I loved both Mary Jane & Izzie (the child she took care of.) The narrator is excellent too and is especially good at capturing Mary Jane‘s and Izzie‘s voices. There‘s not a lot of plot or action, but the book is still good. I was 14 in the 70s and could relate. #audiowalk

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RandomReetie
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Loved it!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Soubhiville
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I agree with some other reviews I‘ve seen that Mary Jane seems inconsistent- in some scenes she‘s very naive and in others she‘s definitely wise beyond her 14 years.

But overall I thought this was a fun book.

This is my first completed for #LittenListen #audiothon hosted by @aperfectmjk . I had started it before today, so I‘m only counting it for 5 hours since that‘s what was left in it when I started this morning.

KathyWheeler I‘m listening to this right now and love the narrator. 8mo
Soubhiville I‘m using this for today‘s #curiouscovers prompt as well, since it‘s got some blue and red 😊. @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️📚💙 8mo
Eggs 👏🏻❤️💙❤️👏🏻 8mo
Soubhiville This also fits the Finally Summer holiday prompt from the To-Do List! @aperfectmjk this book takes place in the summer. 8mo
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KathyWheeler
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Mary Jane is my new #audiowalk book; Dracula is my husband‘s and my road trip book; and I started The Hunting Party while we were at the beach. It was a nice day — a little overcast, so not too hot.

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BayouGirl85
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Mary Jane was annoyingly naive but her discovery of the eye-opening world outside of her shelter life/house was enjoyable.

May Book 24/25 #LitsyLove

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LitHousewife
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I had high hopes for this book. It had so much potential. I connected with Mary Jane and I appreciated her relationship with her young charge. As she lied to her parents for more time away from home, I wondered where this would lead. Where if lead was just okay with me. I‘m glad I read the book, but I was hoping for another Daisy Jones and the Six, which it was not.

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Kimbono
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Next up.

Megabooks Such a lovely book! 8mo
Kimbono @Megabooks I‘m really enjoying it so far 😍 8mo
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LitHousewife
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I started a new book today. I love how this story is starting. I can relate to being a sheltered girl experiencing the larger word through the world of babysitting. The narrator, Caitlin Kinnunen, is new to me, but perfect for Mary Jane. I have a feeling I‘m going to enjoy this one.

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Megabooks
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This novel was joy on wheels. I couldn‘t stop laughing at Mary Jane‘s straight-laced upbringing, which wasn‘t dissimilar from my own, and her summer of 75 when she babysits for a hippie psychiatrist‘s child. The doctor happens to be treating a world-famous musician for addiction and his equally famous wife has come to town to stay at the doctor‘s family‘s home. It had me singing the 70s! Despite the MC‘s age, this reads more adult than YA.

Cinfhen Yeah! This book was nifty!!!! And wasn‘t Sheba a combo of Cher and Marie Osmond???? This book was a HOOT!!! The audio is great if you ever fancy a re/read 8mo
Megabooks @cinfhen I thought the same thing re: Cher and Marie!! 👯‍♀️ Do they actually sing in the audiobook? 8mo
Soubhiville Stacking! Sounds fun. 8mo
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Cinfhen Yes!! They do sing 🎶 ♥️at the very end there is a recording of Mary Jane 8mo
Megabooks @Soubhiville it was!! 8mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen then I‘m definitely going to have to pick up the audiobook at some point!! 8mo
BarbaraBB It does sound like Marcy Dermansky 8mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I think you‘d like this when you‘re looking for something light. 8mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen did you think Running Water was CCR? I was thinking scruffy, gravely voice, the name?? 8mo
Cinfhen Honestly, that didn‘t dawn on me but GOOD CALL!!! I can see the connection 8mo
BarbaraBB Thanks! Love the picture 💿 8mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks! It‘s my mom‘s. I‘m pretty much on an iPhone with Bluetooth speakers! I do miss some of my CDs though. 8mo
BarbaraBB Me too but I have fond memories of cd‘s and vinyl 🤍 8mo
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Cinfhen
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Here‘s the skinny: This is a sweet coming of age story, set in 1975 suburban Baltimore. Mary Jane takes a summer “gig” as a nanny for a new family in her very straight laced, conservative, Catholic neighborhood. The Cone‘s are very different from Mary Jane‘s family; theirs is a bohemian household filled with laughter, love, music with no rules or boundaries. Mary Jane has the summer she never imagined and an education she‘ll cherish forever👇🏽

Cinfhen Light, breezy and super groovy 🤟🏼 Audio was fab, including an original song 🎶 ❤️🎧 #Scribd I LOVED the 70‘s nostalgia🌈 This is DEFINITELY for you #MySistaFromAnotherMista @Lizpixie xxx (edited) 9mo
Cinfhen Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts @Megabooks 💕 9mo
Cinfhen I‘m thinking you‘ll love this too @JennyM @KarenUK It‘s #braincandy 🍭🧁🥤🍬 9mo
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Megabooks Not reading your review yet because I‘m about to start it, but glad to see a pick! 💕💕 9mo
Cinfhen I know @Megabooks / hope the print delivers the same joy 9mo
JennyM @Cinfhen great review- sounds fab. Thanks Cindy #stacked! 9mo
Librarybelle I have an ARC of this I am dying to read! #somanybookssolittletime 9mo
Cinfhen Add it soon @Librarybelle it‘s really delightful ❣️❣️❣️and I hope you can find it @JennyM 9mo
KarenUK Stacked! 😍💕📚 9mo
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Megabooks
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#bookmail! This is a favorite author, so I can‘t wait to get to it!

DeeLew I have this one on my Amazon wishlist. Trying so hard to put myself on a book buying ban but it‘s not looking good 🤣 9mo
Megabooks @DeeLew That never works for me for more than a couple of weeks!! 😂😂 Good luck! 9mo
Cinfhen Im LOVING the audio♥️and I adore the cover 9mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m so glad and totally agree re: cover! 9mo
BarbaraBB I don‘t know the author... 9mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB she writes mostly 70s and 80s set contemporary fiction. I picked up her first three books as ebooks - two when they were on sale. They‘re great nostalgic contemporary fiction. Her book before this one was set in the 2010s and I didn‘t enjoy it as much - The Trouble with Lexie. But I‘m glad she‘s returned to the 70s with her latest. My favorite I‘ll tag here and on the page I made a collage with the other two awhile ago. 9mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB Thd collage has her first three which are that historical contemporary. Lexie was her fourth (the not good one) and Mary Jane is her fifth. (edited) 9mo
BarbaraBB Thanks, that tagged book sounds great too. I will look into her and her books 😘 9mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I think you‘d like her in the same way you enjoy Marcy Dermansky. 👍🏻 9mo
BarbaraBB Oh that sells it! 💗 9mo
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Cinfhen
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🎧♥️ I‘m LOVING this!! Much better for my current mood/ I‘ve hibernated Souvenir Museum for now #Scribd #NewRelease

AmyG I read this and all I remember is....the food. Ha! There was a lot of cooking. 9mo
Cinfhen Yup @AmyG Mary Jane prepares A LOT of dinners 😂It‘s a really light hearted coming of age story although the premise is totally preposterous. Regardless, im really enjoying this mindless escape 9mo
Megabooks This is coming in the mail today. I love this author!! 9mo
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Cinfhen It‘s my first by this author @Megabooks but it‘s really working for me today 9mo
Megabooks I prefer her 70s set books. (Her last one was contemporary and I didn‘t enjoy it as much.) It all started with getting this one a a kindle sale (and it‘s still my favorite). 9mo
Lizpixie #stacked for sure! 9mo
Cinfhen That one sounds awesome @Megabooks 9mo
Emily92Bibliophile I‘ve been wanting to read this one! Super excited bc I just found the audiobook on SCRIBD bc none of my libraries have it yet 9mo
Cinfhen I know!! #scribd is really good with new releases @Emily92Bibliophile and im really enjoying this audio 9mo
JennyM How are you this morning, Cindy? Hope you are doing ok xx 9mo
Cinfhen I was lucky that my area was very quiet/ only one air raid siren in the past 24 hours @JennyM but sadly other areas are much more intense😔I‘m praying for a speedy deescalation 9mo
Cinfhen Thanks for checking in @JennyM and btw; I think you‘re gonna adore this book. If you can pick up audio that‘s the way to go xx 9mo
jenniferw88 Thinking of you 9mo
JennyM @Cinfhen It must be so frightening - devastating images on the news. I keep thinking of you and your family. Stay safe. Sending oodles of love 💕 9mo
Cinfhen Thank you @jenniferw88 @JennyM it‘s surreal to walk into the supermarket and see signs pointing the way for the bomb shelter!!! This is 2021, not 1941 😢 9mo
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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I absolutely loved this book! My only regret is not reading this book over the summer, as it really would have been the perfect poolside/beach read. Mary Jane is a heartwarming main character, a teen coming of age & learning who she wants to be in the world. When she takes a job nannying for the summer, she never imagined she'd spend the time with a rockstar, famous actress, & a family so different from her own. The characters jump off the page.

IuliaC Great photo! 🤩 9mo
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sprainedbrain
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I love my postal book club! This book wasn‘t even on my radar, but one of the group members sent a groovy ARC as her selection, and I‘m very glad.

Don‘t believe the comparisons to Daisy Jones—this is nothing like that, but it‘s so fun! An amazing coming-of-age story of a privileged, sheltered teen who has an eye-opening summer in the 1970s nannying for a very different sort of family. Not a lot happens, but I loved it.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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kyraleseberg
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I am pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this coming of age story. Not a whole lot of plot, but quirky characters living in 1970s Baltimore drive this story. I remember daydreaming as a kid about finding a famous person hiding out in my small town and this book follows that unlikely storyline and I was charmed by it.

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BookNAround
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Tonight‘s bedtime read.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
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AmyG
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I am a hot mess, wearing a crazy pandemic outfit with unbrushed hair, stuck in my reading room with this plotless book, starving as I didn‘t have breakfast...with workers outside fixing the floorboards. Thanks to my husband for not telling me they were coming until they were here. 😳 🙏🏻 please please finish and leave so I can come out of my room. 🤣

Soubhiville Hope they finish up quickly! 💜 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Ooof. I know that feeling. Hope they are quick! 11mo
AmyG @Soubhiville @BarbaraTheBibliophage Ha...they are gone. I hate being stuck! Thanks for the support. 😘 11mo
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Meghan1
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I got this ARE in the mail today! I am so excited about this one!

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melrailey
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This one is compared to Daisy Jones and the Six but it has no similarities with it really. Once I got past that I loved this sweet coming of age story.

LeahBergen This sounds good! 12mo
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