Top critical review
on 8 May 1999
I liked this book, but it's not a favorite or anything. The time & place setting was interesting. I liked the way it was grounded in historical fact and peppered with many historical figures. I've heard that most of Ann Rinaldi's books are like that, and my sister's a big fan of her, so I'm planning on reading some of her others.
Those are a lot of good things, so why didn't I give this a better rating? Well, it just didn't have that unexplainable thing that truly great (or even partly great) books have. Most of the characters didn't especially draw me in, you know-make you love them or hate them, either way as long as it's an extreme feeling. Except I did like that bookshop owner, and his bookshop. (what's his name? Nathanial or John or one of those ever-common names) And that Crispus Attucks guy gets points for a cool name and a interesting (if not all good & likable) personality. I didn't feel much for the main girl, Rachel, except that general goodwill you have for those aquaintances who are just not quite "friends". And for some reason I didn't like Matthew. I don't know, just something about him, and it's not that he was a English solider. I sometimes wanted to scold Rachel for all the trouble she got into (not to mention disobeying John Adams) for him.
And the other thing was that somehow, even though this is in the beginings of the Revolution and included the Boston Massacare, (though not til near the end it seemed) nothing seemed to happen. The book was kind of slow-paced, never really attention-grabbing except maybe during the actual Massacare.
If you're a Ann Rinaldi fan you'll probably like this. Otherwise, if you like historical fiction, and there's no other better books to read, give it a try. Who knows, maybe you'll like it more than I did.