A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a classic coming-of-age book by Betty Smith that tells the story of a girl named Francie Nolan and her poverty-stricken family as they struggle to survive in early 20th century Brooklyn, New York.
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  • Barbara Jones
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This somewhat covers the topic well. It is a great book based on reviews and ratings, the price is affordable. And some settings seem to take place in the 1900's-1910's but apparently it's a series so it can easily cover the 20's as well"
  • Patricia Ford
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This goes in great depth of a poverty-striken family struggling and barely making it to survive in the early 20th century. A very interesting read for sure."
  • Christine Fernandez
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "If you liked "To Kill a Mockingbird" I would recommend this book. They are set in different, but similar, time periods (if that makes sense) and it follows the story of a girl and her family like Scout and her family. "
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  • Brian Larson
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "If you are INFP, you're an introvert that likes deep stories. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a great choice for introverts because it explores the story from every angle."
  • Julia Wilson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This book is perfect for tweens and teens. There are many aspects that they can identify with, and struggles, such as death, that they can relate to. I, however, do not see this book suited for young kids, as their is material that is too mature."
    Louis Estrada
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "this is a very sad story that will leave you in tears and that is a great read"
  • Sanvi Kadam
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "I love this classic book. I read it first when I was about 13 years old. My grandparents lived in Brooklyn in the early 20th century so it was very interesting to read what ordinary life was like back then."
  • Vicky Hu
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The Glass Castle was good but this book is great. Everyone I tell to read comes back with the same look of excitement. Really helped me understand the trials and tribulations of Brooklyn."
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  • Henry Larson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Nice book to read! Great story!"
  • Randy Bryant
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "This is a great old fiction novel. If you haven't read it before check it out."
  • Kevin Hudson
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is a touching book following young protagonist Francie and her struggles with poverty. This quickly became one of my favorite books and will captivate all audiences."
  • Shaurya Pawar
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Classic coming-of-age novel about a young girl during the turn of the 20th century in Brooklyn. A great book written by Betty smith and definitely worth reading as its listed as a Modern Day Classic."
  • Jacqueline Lynch
    Written on May 21, 2018
    " honestly don't know where to begin. This is a truly great novel. Years ago, I read this book but I did not, at the time, fully appreciate the consistently high quality of the prose, and the depth of the writer's insights into human nature and the world she describes in such detail for us. A few weeks ago I sat down and read it word for word from beginning to end and I was enormously moved by and impressed with it. The writing is rich, precise, brilliantly restrained and immensely satisfying. Francie is a true heroine, struggling to fulfill her dreams as a sensitive and creative young person in a harsh and often brutal environment. Her imagination and intelligence are beautifully revealed in pages filled with brilliant and wise observation, and simple incidents that can move you to tears. In many respects it's a heartbreaking novel, filled with suffering, and often deeply sad; but it's always enormously inspiring and somehow always entertaining. That some critics when it was published dismissed it as "sentimental" is hard to believe. It is anything but sentimental. ---- It is realism at its finest. Highly recommended. Truly an American classic."
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  • Ronald Gray
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "While the book is set in the early 20th Century, there are themes here that I think can still be appreciated by folks today. I particularly can identify with the simple fact that my family tends to stand out quite a bit in our neighborhood, and not always in the best ways, something I'm sure many young adults have felt at one time or another."
  • Bobby Hughes
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "Amazing book. This girl from Brooklyn is such an inspiration and super common to other New York people. Brooklyn is a melting pot of people and this story is an embodiment of that."

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