Monday, December 28, 2020

Riding in Cars with Boys

Riding In Cars With BoysRiding In Cars With Boys by Beverly Donofrio
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The subtitle is "confessions of a bad girl who made good" and this memoir of a seventeen-year-old who gets pregnant in 1968, marries a drug-addled good-time boy and manages to raise her son as a single mother and get an advanced degree is all about voice. The writing is captivating, her characters are well-written but throughout it's Bev's voice that spurs you on and lets you now she will get through it all. And every spare moment she got, when not watching TV or playing with her kid or smoking dope, she read. It's a paean to the written word as much as chutzpah which gets her into a good college and a writing life.

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