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Bobby's Girl Paperback – 12 Sep 2009
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About the Author
Bernie Morris was born in 1946 and raised in Londons East End. She was educated at Notre Dame Convent in Southwark. Although she always wrote poems, Bernie never thought of seriously writing until 1987, when she wrote 6 novels in the space of a year. This is one of them. Apart from writing, Bernies leisure-time pursuits include: astrology; drawing; compiling crosswords, dingbats, and really daft jokes. She is married to a wonderful man (Bob), who reads all her work, puts up with her jokes, and even does the shopping. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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We see the world through the eyes of Kate Keegan, who is eleven when the tale begins. We follow her through times of exquisite love and exquisite pain as she experiences the first romance of her young life, as deep and meaningful as any adult romance. She and her friends play among the ‘bommies’ – bombed out buildings left after the war – and as she matures the reader is led into the depths of her relationships with the Alley cats gang, one of many gangs that arose in that era. There is tension between them and the Hellcats from a nearby area.
Although told from a simplistic viewpoint appropriate for a young teenager, the book displays a complexity of emotions little understood by the characters who feel them, but portrayed well by the author. An enchanting book, especially recommended for a young adult readership and for those who want to know what London was really like in those times.
Bernie Morris has managed to string together a story about East End kids coming of age and threaded it through with songs from the 50s and 60’s. In fact Chapter 1 sets the scene with, “Gene Vincent was singing ‘Be Bop a Lula’ about the time it all began …..,” and I suspect that no small measure of this tale is auto-biographical.
Morris cleverly draws us into the story as Kate’s vulnerability attracts one tough guy after another, and without throwing any spoilers in to this review I couldn’t make up my mind whether I wanted her to wait for Jon, to romance with bruiser Bobby, who truly loves her or what! Adam takes on the role of brother, but is flippant and ballsy, and even though Bobby’s sister is pregnant by him he still tries to steal a kiss every chance he gets
Add to the mix a violent street gang of rivals who have Kate in their sights, and sooner or later things are going to go dreadfully wrong for her. The reader genuinely fears for her safety and wishes she’d allow Bobby to take her under his wing.
But where’s Jon?
All in all, this is a top read and I highly recommend it.
Set in and around the crumbling houses and 'bommies' playground of East London after WW2, the storyline is so cleverly written that the reader is hooked throughout the chapters, each one ending on a need to know, 'what happens next?' basis.
'Faint heart never won fair lady' rings true for this intriguing well thought out teenage love story.
If you were 'lucky' enough to be a teenager growing up in the fifties and sixties, you will love this excellent book.
This story would make a great film. The end is the beginning. I hope they made it.
As an American, I'm enticed by British authors, and simply adore reading descriptions and learning various terminology, which author Bernie Morris does splendidly. Bobby's Girl will tug at your heartstrings, and leave you thinking about the characters long after you've finished this outstanding read.
Morris created memorable characters in Kate and Jon, who sent me through a range of emotions and had me feeling like I was reading a novel that will withstand time and gain new readers every week if not every day. It's that good! There is much, much more to this book than the innocence of first love, aftermath of war, and even gang activities, so I felt the author did a brilliant job introducing readers to unfamiliar doings, that again, ripped at a variety of emotions.
So many storylines were interwoven in Bobby's Girl, I have to wonder if author Morris walked a few miles in Kate's shoes.
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