A first time novelist, Amy Conner, was spot on when she penned this great read. A cross between The Help, and Thelma and Louise, this book gives a view of growing up in the south and the spotlight that comes with societal living. This book, like so many others, came at just the right time. I needed a good dose of laughter mixed with real issues that come with relationships.
Starr and Annie are not supposed to be friends, but Annie is transfixed by Starr when she realizes she is not the type of girl she has been raised around. Starr is full of new ideas and bucks at the status quo of Jackson Mississippi. She is not considered polite company, and her traveling preacher for a father just adds to her character.
Annie, unlike Starr has been raised to be a “lady” and to follow social norms. Told from her perspective, you want to blame her mother and hate her, but just a few chapters in you see that the mother does in fact have a heart- even a heart for Annie’s friend Starr.
This novel, takes place in Jackson, MI in the early 1960’s and then skips ahead to 1990 where we see that Annie and Starr are no longer friends. When they find each other once again in the fitting room of a department store you’re sitting there screaming at them to pick up right where we left them before.
This is a book about friendship, growing up, and always above everything, doing the right thing. Going through decades of growth, resentment, and courage this book made me laugh out loud several times. It will remind you of people you know and people from your past in the best ways possible.
If you’re looking for a book that you won’t want to put down, this is a good choice. I can’t recommend it enough 🙂