on 13 March 2013
Evelyn Finds Herself is one of the best school stories from the past. The story follows Evelyn from her early difficult days at school to her final year, her interactions with friends and teachers and the course of her closest friendship. Evelyn struggles when differing talents and interests seem to make a breach between her and her closest friend but as he title tells she finds herself.
Originally published in 1929 so there are no moden 'issues' explored and teenaged girls are assumed to be absorbed in their schoolwork, friends and hobbies. It's another world, but if you can read 1930s Agatha Christies or Sherlock Holmes or anytime SFF you can enjoy vintage school stories. A good story by a good writer is always a good story by a good writer. Try other books republished by GGBP.
on 26 September 2013
It's about time that this book got the recognition it deserves. Written in the 30s, it is a detailed, thorough story of a real friendship between two girls at school. What makes Joesphine Elder's outstanding novel a classic is the unflinching realism as the girls find themselves pulled in different directions.
I really like Elder's heroines. She is an unusual writer for girls because her main characters often prefer Science to writing and hockey to finding treasure in secret passages. In other words, Elder's girls, although invariably cleverer than most, are not stereotypes, and their achievements are all the more remarkable because of this.