Saturday, December 26, 2015

Book Review: The Hired Girl, by Laura Amy Schlitz

The Hired Girl
By: Laura Amy Schlitz
ISBN-10: 076367818X
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Joan has a passion for learning—but when her cruel father burns her only three books, Joan flees to Baltimore, where she changes her name and gets hired as a servant girl for a Jewish family, the Rosenbachs.

It contains:

• Profanity (Jesus H. Christ, h*ll, and d*mn)
• A girls gets kneed in the eye by a cow and has to get stitches
• Lying
• A father is cruel to his daughter
• References to a mother’s death
• A man kisses a girl against her will
• Kneeing a man
• Reference to a prostitute
• Kissing
• A boy flirts with girls
• Brief mention of sex
• Mentions of smelly outhouses
• Some characters drink wine

The Hired Girl is exciting historical fiction written in the form of Joan’s diary. Readers will easily be able to sympathize with the smart, strong narrator. There are also interesting discussions about religion and feminism woven into the plot.


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  2. This book is another masterpiece from Schlitz. I can’t wait to see in what new direction she’ll head next!

    Mariz
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