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This month my amazing co-host is Sarah from Seriously, Sarah? and I am beyond excited to have her helping me out. She actually picked out this months book and informed me yesterday that she recently found out that it is considered to be one of the first YA novels. Kinda cool huh!
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Dodie Smith’s first novel transcends the oft-stodgy definition of “a classic” by being as brightly witty and adventuresome as it was when published nearly fifty years ago.
During six turbulent years in 1934, 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain keeps a journal, filling three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries about her home, a ruined Suffolk castle, and her eccentric and penniless family. By the time the last diary shuts, there have been great changes in the Mortmain household, not the least of which is that Cassandra is deeply, hopelessly, in love. Illustrations .