Monday, November 06, 2017

Tru & Nelle

Tru & Nelle. G. Neri. 2016. HMH. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: When Truman first spotted Nelle, he thought she was a boy.

Premise/plot: Tru & Nelle is set in Monroeville, Alabama, during the Great Depression. It features a young Harper Lee and Truman Capote. The book IS historical fiction, but the two were definitely friends in real life, particularly as children.

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this one. To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my favorite books and one of my favorite movies as well. Scout has to be one of the best characters ever. So it was interesting to see a young Nelle in action. The focus is more on Truman, or Tru, perhaps. This book is an account of their adventures and misadventures. It spans several years. I know there are at least two Halloweens mentioned. These two discover they have something in common: a love of books, a love of reading, a love of MYSTERY. These two become Sherlock and Watson, and, the town best beware! Nelle's father later gifts them with a type writer to spare the town their meddling and to encourage them to solve FICTIONAL mysteries instead.

If historical coming-of-age novels are something you enjoy, I'd recommend this one. 

"Life is a heck of a hill to climb, Little Chappie. But if it gets too steep for ya, just get down on your hands and knees and keep going. Sooner or later, you'll get over the hump," Bud said. (62)

© 2017 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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