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These Shallow Graves (vuoden 2001 painos)

– tekijä: Howard Hughes (Tekijä)

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A young woman in nineteenth-century New York City must struggle against gender and class boundaries when her father is found dead of a supposed suicide, and she believes there is more than meets the eye, so in order to uncover the truth she will have to decide how much she is willing to risk and lose.… (lisätietoja)
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These Shallow Graves (tekijä: Jennifer Donnelly)

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 40) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I really didnt want to put this one down. The back stories, character build ups and designs were created to draw the reader in more to their lives. I have read Donnelly before and was pleasantly surprised to know how many other books she has had published. Means I have more to add to my want to read pile. ( )
  RavinScarface | Dec 13, 2020 |
Another fun read from Jennifer Donnelly! I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery aspect, even though I figured it out early. I was immediately drawn to Jo. Her determination to solve the puzzle behind her father's death was admirable.
But I believe what will tug on teenage girls' heart strings is how she struggles with the obligations her family status places on her future, her passion for the young reporter, and how much she wishes for the freedom to pursue her dreams.
Another hit! ( )
  SusanGeiss | Mar 24, 2019 |
I loved entering this sharply depicted world of Victorian New York City, and meeting the wonderful character Jo (Josephine), a privileged girl from a wealthy family who wants to do more with her life than just be married off to a wealthy young man to live a sheltered boring life. She wants to be an investigative journalist like Nellie Bly, and she's written an article she's sure will start her on that track, if she can only get it into her school's newspaper. But then her father dies, and she begins to suspect that it wasn't an accidental shooting, nor can she believe it was suicide. Overhearing something said by handsome young reporter Eddie Gallagher at her father's paper, she becomes even more convinced and asks him to help her investigate, since she is severely constricted in how much she can do, not being able to even leave her house unaccompanied. From the opening gravedigging scene, you know Jo and Eddie are going to get into some shady parts of NYC as they track down leads-- the slums of the Bowery among others-- that begin to cast light on the shady dealings of Jo's father's shipping company. This book has just the right amount of suspense and atmosphere, very realistic historical detail, and two likable characters in a sweet romance. It also gives the reader a glimpse into life for nineteenth century women, of both the upper and lower classes. ( )
  GoldieBug | Nov 27, 2018 |
Hands down one of my favorite books of 2017. Jennifer Donnelly has never failed to impress me with her beautiful story lines and characters that simply pull on the heart strings. The way that she writes makes me feel so connected with the characters that I feel their struggles, their feelings, their triumphs.

She captivates the era beautifully in this book - the clash between the rich and the poor, the struggle of marriage for love or money/duty. The drama that she creates is so raw and authentic for a novel in young adult literature. I feel as I am reading that I am there, feeling, smelling, seeing everything. The atmosphere of suspense and mystery that she creates leaves you on the edge of your seat, saying just one more chapter way to many times.

Lovely! ( )
  jlydia | Jun 25, 2018 |
If I had a dollar for every time a YA main character described a dude’s eyes as impossibly blue I would have almost $100. Oh and the flip between calling the guy a man and a boy really bugs me for some reason. Other than that this was as clean as a murder mystery could be.
Seventeen-year-old Jo Montford is living the charmed life as a Manhattan heiress. The only thing expected from her is to marry well and bear a son but she wants more than that. Her hero Nellie Bly went to crazy lengths to write amazing stories and Jo has dreams of finding a way to do the same. When her father dies from a gun cleaning incident she can’t accept that it was just an accident.
Part of her wants to discover the real story but can’t bear to upset her mother. After a visit to the newspaper that her father owned she overhears a reporter the dashingly handsome Eddie Gallagher making claims that his death was not an accident but rather a suicide. It sets her off on a quest to search for the truth about her father’s death, that may not be a suicide after all, with the help of many new people that she would never have thought twice about interacting with before.
Something about socialite stories gets me every time. It wasn’t boring with dozens of balls where the girls are catty and making offhanded compliments. Jo may be naïve and young but she wasn’t dull. There are times when she did stupid things but it felt almost expected. For someone who wants to observe the world and write about it, she wasn’t very observant. At least on things that should have gotten her attention. But in the end, her kindness and curiosity won her over to me.
I know I kinda trashed Jo’s little thing with Eddie but it was still kind of cute. I might have been in the mood for that kind of fluff…They complimented each other as well as a couple. They were both ambitious and curious but Jo was a little more compassionate when it came to getting her information making her an easy target for some to take advantage of her and Eddie was right behind her to keep them right on track.
Jo’s new friendships were starkly different from the ones displayed at the beginning of the book. It’s interesting to see how much she grows throughout the book and how it shows in the new pool of friends she gathers. Instead of shallow interactions where she only listens to whatever the supposed friend has to say, Jo now feels free to share her dreams and aspirations.
So yea, I liked this one. ( )
  Jessika.C | Mar 9, 2018 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 40) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
These Shallow Graves
By: Jennifer Donnelly
Release Date: October 27, 2015

***** 5 out of 5 stars (TOP PICK 2015)
Review by: Stacy Palm

It’s a Man’s World….

It is not always easy being a woman. Today we hear a lot of discussion about some of the issues we continue to battle as women in society, which is encouraging, but much of the discussion is still surrounding topics brought to light 50 years ago; equal pay, executive positions, and “breaking glass ceilings.” As a woman, and as a mother, these topics are of great importance to me. I make every attempt to support efforts such as those by the HeForShe Organization (www.heforshe.org) and frequently read publications such as The Mary Sue (www.themarysue.com). I believe it is important to also document how much success we have had moving forward as women who are valued and appreciated for both our strengths and our weaknesses. By this point, I’m certain you are thinking, what does all of this have to do with a fictional young adult book review, well, it actually has a lot to do with why I believe this is one of the best books I’ve personally read this year, and why I’m fully promoting it as a TOP PICK for 2015.

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly on the surface is an extremely good book. It is a well crafted mystery set in New York during the 1800’s. It is the story of Josephine Montfort, a young debutante, coming of age in high society. Jo quickly found a place in my heart of literary characters because she is smart, determined, driven, and yet naive and sheltered. She has a strong vision about her future, but is hindered by family expectations. Very early in the story a tragedy occurs in the Montfort family, and Jo, with her curious spirit, soon finds herself embroiled on a search for a killer and on a mission to uncover the truth of a crime that occurred many years ago. This also leads Jo to discover some of the most refreshing and captivating supporting cast I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.

Some of my favorite characters in this book include Fay, the streetwise young grifter that will soon be sold into prostitution, Oscar, the ever so funny coroner intern, and Eddie Gallagher, the young ambitious news reporter who steals Jo’s heart. They are all written so lively that they literally jump off the page and quickly become characters the reader is wholeheartedly connected to.

Underlying the entire story however, is a thread that is deeply convicting and concerns human rights. There is Fay’s story, who soon will be sold into sexual slavery, there is Eddie’s childhood story, growing up on the streets poor and uneducated except for being taken under wing and shown a life of crime, and then there is Jo, who is soon to married off to the wealth Bram in a much contrived business exchange executed by her Uncle and Mother. Thing is the reason this story is so prevalent and one that needs to be read by not only young adults, but anyone who enjoys good fiction with meaning. I do want to stress that at no time was I feeling like the author was “hitting me over the head” with her point. Jennifer Donnelly provided an amazing story and very talentedly weaved concerns that existed in the past and was able to guide the reader in their thinking about how these factors still affect us today. I’m simply cannot put into words how enraptured I was with this story other than to say, “It was simply brilliant!”

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