Up a Road Slowly

Up a Road Slowly❰PDF / Epub❯ ★ Up a Road Slowly Author Irene Hunt – Oaklandjobs.co.uk The Newbery Award winning novel From the author of Across Five Aprils and No Promises in the Wind comes her most beloved story of a girl's coming of ageAfter her mother's death Julie goes to live with The Newbery Award winning novel From the author of Across Five Aprils and No Promises in the Wind comes her most beloved story of a girl's coming of ageAfter her mother's death Julie goes to live with Aunt Cordelia a spinster schoolteacher where she experiences many emotions and changes as she grows from seven to eighteen. Without a doubt beyond compare my favorite book ever Up a Road Slowly is the book sent to me by my closest aunt the fall after my father died It came with a note telling me how much she treasured the book and hoped that it would find a place in my heart too Whether it was because the book came from such an influence in my life or because I was still emotionally raw when I read it or maybe because it's a Newberry Award winning novel Up a Road Slowly struck a chord within me that has never ceased to play on my heart I try to read it once a year or so and nearly twenty years later it still speaks to meUp a Road Slowly is the coming of age story of Julie Trelling a girl of seven who's sent to live with a spinster aunt in the country after her mother's death The story follows her elementary school experiences of friendships forged and lost classmates who are both mercilessly teased and teasers and the painfully real outcasting of a mentally handicapped girl The story of Julie's first love and its loss is poignant and completely relatable Who among us hasn't out of loneliness fancied a rather shoddy love into something beautiful? My favorite passages in the book are the one in which Julie learns life's lessons Irene Hunt the author has a way of injecting the truths I wish someone had told me in a way that is neither preachy or unbelievable I first read this book in high school when I found it while shelving books at the public library I have that job to thank for so many favorite reads and I'm sure I read it 5 times between then and graduating from college I just reread this book for the first time since college this past week and was not disappointedThis book is sweet sincere and touching Julie's innocent earnest journey from confused seven year old to confident seventeen year old In short manageable chunks we observe her struggles with her very similar and strong willed guardian her struggles to feel loved her first boyfriend and subseuent understanding of the difference between love and enabling What I like about it the most though is the reliance on family functional or dysfunctional Julie's family supports Aunt Cordelia through her first meeting in years with the boy who broke her heart Cordelia gently asks about Julie's father's feelings when considering where Julie should stay through high school The joy when Julie recovers from the scar of first love lost Julie's consideration of her niece's feelings Maybe because my family is so important and vital to me I understand how you can love the very things about your family that drive you crazy and how precious it is to have a family when the road we walk is sad or confusing They don't always do the right thing but sometimes the littlest gesture is the one we remember for years I cried this read through in that very early chapter where Julie is crying inconsolably in the closet and Cordelia crawls in and holds her and cries with her When I came home for Thanksgiving right after Cori died I got into my parents water bed and went to sleep When I woke up my sisters were there one on each side and we just talked uietly remembering when Cori visited and just being together I love this book because it reminds me of moments like that when being a family is what's holding you together imperfections and allWow Um I don't know if this is a coherent review at all but I feel like I should mention one thing One of the main negatives mentioned in other reviews about this book is Aunt Cordelia's statement that a woman becomes a woman when she loves a man Perhaps being a bit on the old fashioned side I don't find fault with this because I agree with her but I think this statement is than just an strong support of marriage This statement is made in a context of not just love but of self sacrificing love Not love that annihilates an entity but a gracious love like that of Cordelia for Jonathan a love that encompasses his frail dying wife and supports him long after her hope of being his wife herself has died I don't think Cordelia is suggesting that a single woman is incomplete so much as that a person who has never truly loved someone than themselves is incomplete And you know loving someone else unconditionally is a challenge that everyone should try to live up to single or married young or oldAnd that is what I have to say about that Katie I hope this isn't too verbose for you Talk about being a chatterbox The book is written in the style of a memoir which gives it feel at least to me of really being a book about childhood and growing up for adultsI was very frustrated by the lack of placement in time or place in the text which was not assisted at all by the cover of the paperback copy that I read which features a pretty modern looking if on the sentimental traditional side teenager For a book published in the middle of the 1960s it seemed to me to extraordinarily nostalgic of a simpler innocent time I think the latest the setting could realistically have been was the 1950sI did not think it was well constructed at all There were several points at which the author talks about things apparently have been going on for years but not a single mention of them is made until suddenly it becomes part of the plot such as it was For instance it is not until Julie is a teenager and debating over going back to live with her father who apparently being a man was constitutionally unable to raise children younger than teenagers on his own after his wife's death that we suddenly hear about all these visits Julie has had with her father over the years Then near the end Julie confides as if it should be obvious to the reader by now that she has always secretly wanted to be a writer when the only writing Julie has ever been shown to have any interest in are her high school English essays and that is only brought up it seems because her boyfriend has been getting her to write his essays as wellI literally cringed when the message of the book was blatantly revealed as being a woman is not complete until she is in love And then indeed Julie suddenly manages to become that ideal perfect never losing her temper always doing things for others perfectly understanding of others' feelings woman when she and Danny finally become a coupleYes I absolutely loathed this book I read it as a teenager in the 1970s but it didn't thankfully make much of an impactHaving said that however I do recognize that there was a period in my life ages 10 12 when I would have absolutely relished the good girl message the sentimentality and the soft understated romance And in the very conservative and religious community in which I work I know that many parents and their tweens and possibly teens would be very appreciative of the traditional message in this Young Adult novel And I do feel it was probably honored in 1967 at least in part as a Young Adult novel that deliberately stuffed the realities of life back in Pandora's box and showed instead a sweet innocent and oh so sentimental view of a girl's coming of age before the 1960s So I am of course well aware that Irene Hunt’s 1966 novel Up A Road Slowly won the 1967 Newbery Award But from a personal reading pleasure point of departure I have indeed and nevertheless found main protagonist Julie’s coming of age journey and story totally and utterly disappointing in almost every way and have indeed also found so many at least to and for me problematic issues with Irene Hunt’s presented text that in my opinion and the novel’s Newbery Award notwithstanding Up a Road Slowly definitely does rather leave everything to be desired Now first and foremost I do very much consider the rather obvious lack of a sense of specific time in Up a Road Slowly both annoying and majorly frustrating I mean from the publication date Up a Road Slowly was written in the 1960s But there is nothing in Irene Hunt’s narrative that specifically points out that this is actually the case that Up a Road Slowly is set in the 60s and conversely there is also really nothing that somehow places Up a Road Slowly into an earlier era either leaving a story that feels rather temporally floating and removed at best and for that matter not even all that realistic regarding a sense of geographic place And really and for me personally a coming of age story truly does need to have a sufficiently realistic time and place background and setting in order to feel authentic but from where I am standing Up a Road Slowly does not ever really demonstrate or achieve this Further and even troubling with main protagonist Julie I have truly within the pages of Up a Road Slowly found her a mostly rather infuriating and unappealing character and how she has been conceptualised by Irene Hunt as rather strange and often not all that realistic with Julie’s thoughts and musings at the age of seven feeling much too mature and nuanced for that particular age but with her emotions and attitudes as she as Julie enters her teens often seeming woefully immature and not all that age appropriate And yes even though much of Up a Road Slowly is obviously meant to represent a display of Julie’s innermost thoughts dreams and points of view of Julie being in her own head so to speak I still do tend to find Julie rather majorly annoying for all that not all that likeable and also therefore do consider partaking of her innermost musing rather tedious and uninterestingBut indeed what has finally decided me on only rating Up a Road Slowly with but one star and not the three stars I was originally toying with is actually and definitely twofold in nature For one while I obviously and as already mentioned and sufficiently explained above do not tend to find Julie and how she presents herself in Irene Hunt’s narrative as all that appealing and relatable if the secondary characters if the supporting characters encountered in Up a Road Slowly had also not been so stereotypical and generally lacking in textual depth I probably could have handled and stomached Julie being so very much personally unappealing as a main protagonist much better and lastingly but really an unappealing to and for me main character combined with cardboard flat and totally on the surface secondaries this was and remains just a wee bit too much reading aggravation And for two I also and eually cannot and will not and even with Up the Road Slowly having been penned over fifty years ago accept that horrible message of Julie’s Aunt Cornelia that a woman is supposedly only a true woman once she is in love and has found herself a man a future husband Because sorry but such an attitude is in my opinion both totally insensitive and also basically relegates all women who are unmarried or who have in fact chosen to remain single onto the proverbial manure heap of life and there is simply NO WAY I am ever going to even remotely be accepting of that kind of an attitude and I in fact do believe that Irene Hunt in Up a Road Slowly considers Aunt Cornelia to be speaking the truth here and for Cornelia's viewpoint of women needing to fall in love and to get married in order to be truly considered fulfilled as bona fide women as something to unfortunately be actively copied as to be emulated Well unfortunately I wasn't overly impressed with this book For one thing it bothered me that I couldn't uite ascertain the era in which the story takes place The characters seemed to hold values of a bygone era the importance for a woman to keep her house clean the idea that it's a man's world I think Uncle Haskell said that the notion that the aspiration of all young girls is to get married and become a good wife and seemed old fashioned even within the context of the story I wanted to know details regarding Julie's mother so I could understand Julie's actions and emotions especially early in the book And I guess I wanted a little drama it seemed like some of the things that Julie reacted to were often trivial I thought she was a little oversensitive although not due to being egotistical as suggested by one of the characters and a little less predictability of course her family didn't like Brett Although some characters were well developed Aunt Cordelia for example others were not her brother Chris her father Also I wanted to see of a plot line develop around Aunt Cordelia and Jonathan Eltwing everyone seemed just a little stifled and repressed in this book to me Not uite what I expected for a Newbery winner based on the winning books I've read so far After I posted a story of a telephone interchange I had as a girl shortly after my mom's sudden death a friend remarked that my story reminded her of this book Last night I needed some escapist literature I always say Better an excellent children's book than some shoddy pulp fiction I was in the perfect melancholy mood to appreciate Irene Hunt's novel in a minor key I read it in one sitting and my responses have been brewing ever sinceWill it be a five star book for you? I don't know The beginning and middle were superb the ending a bit predictable and on the edge of facile I was relieved it wasn't too tidy I had read Across Five Aprils twenty years ago But Irene Hunt is surely on my radar; I will definitely read Up a Road Slowly is a love story Not a boy meets girl kind of story but a girl meets maiden aunt kind of story Julie is seven when her mother dies and she and her older brother are whisked of to live in the country with Aunt Cordelia a spinster school teacher with a ram rod posture and a ram rod distinction between correct and not Julie and Cordelia are instantly at odds They rub against each other for the next ten years where they find that they have rubbed off on each other to the betterment and delight of both I spent the first three uarters of this book in giddy sycophantic love Hunt's writing is lovely and precise Her character development three dimensional to the point of yearning to look for real estate next to the Bishop homestead Uncle Haskell is the unrepentant alcoholic black sheep of the family He is painted with an affecting clarity and humor When he writes Julia a note after the death of a school mate its honesty and grace broke my heart into a million pieces It took awhile for me to realize that even if I had read this book as a child there is no way I could have appreciated it as I was at present I believe that a child and an adult will walk away with completely different experiences I'm afraid to say that there may not be much to keep today’s young readers enthralled For all of its beauty it is a uiet story The one element that drove me to distraction was that I could not determine what time period the book was set It won the Newbery in 1967 but seemed much to sedate for the time period I couldn't tell it I was reading a period piece or if Hunt was consciously being coy with the year I might hand if off to one of my students and then hold my breath that she would appreciate a fraction of what I found to love This book was first published in 1966 and it shows Like you can definitely tell from the get go that not only does the story take place a while ago but it’s definitely written in that young adult style of the past Do you know what I mean? To me the stories and characters in most YAs from 20 years ago feel removed—like the emotions feel sugarcoated and distant or something Anyway while there’s nothing wrong with that style it did take me a while to get into the book because of it Everything just felt like I was seeing it through the haze of the years rather than living it with JulieAnd really that could’ve been entirely deliberate on the author’s part since the story is written as Julie looking back on her childhood and teenage years which she spent living with her older unmarried aunt To me this story felt a bit like the “Anne of Green Gables” series Nothing too crazy happens—rather it’s a year by year account of her growing up and the normal adolescent things good and bad that she goes through as she matures The story generally felt uaint and sweet and I thought it would stay that way throughout And it does but towards the end you get a few glimpses of Aunt Cordelia and Uncle Haskell that give them surprising but much needed depth And I think that depth catches Julie herself off guard a bit as she’s used to seeing them through the eyes of her childhood rather than the eyes of a near adult And that depth towards the end made it all satisfying than I think I would have found it otherwiseOverall a book that’s short and charming if a little slow If I had a 10 or 11 year old daughter I think this is the kind of book I’d want to read out loud with herRating 3 5Originally posted at Book Light Graveyard Spoilers ahead This Newbery Medal book came out in 1967 but I never read it until now When seven year old Julie loses her mother she also loses her home and her sense of security She goes to live with her mother's sister at the family homestead Aunt Cordelia has never married but her brother a narcissistic essentially harmless alcoholic lives in a separate house on the property Aunt Cordelia teaches in a one room schoolhouse where as a young woman she coached her beau into higher education But all that aside this is essentially a coming of age novel about Julie who has to negotiate her identity Is she like Aunt Cordelia or Uncle Haskell? And what roles do her father and older sister now play in her life? When Julie is in high school she falls in love with a cad who eventually dumps her She then takes up with a chum from the old days at Aunt Cordelia's school the boy she has really loved all along Julie wants to be a writer and makes several attempts at dramatic short stories She must learn to write what she knows She is finally published when someone else submits one of her stories without her knowledge The EndSo this turns out to be one of many coming of age stories written by female authors about a girl who wants to be a writer See Little Women Harriet the Spy etc Somehow it reminds me of one such story in particular but the difference between Anne Shirley and Julie Trelling is their motivation Anne just wants scope for the imagination some kindred spirits and a bosom friend Julie whose orphan story is a bit serious minded than Anne's wants to be the apple of someone's eye Anne must learn not to make so many mistakes; Julie must learn to love and be loved I love this book I have loved it since I first read it back in third grade and continued to love it this week What I don't uite understand is WHY I love it A lot of reviews here liken it to Anne of Green Gables but outside of the very basic plot girl goes to live with stern older woman it's not at all similar in plot or style It's incredibly old fashioned in thoughts and terms and story The language and how it flows is very 1960s and reminds me a bit of Madeleine L'Engle's precocious teen characters In any other authors the prose would set my teeth on edge for being almost too cloying and self aware But damn I don't care; I love this book I love Julie and Danny and Aunt Cordelia and even Uncle Haskell Go figure

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  • 186 pages
  • Up a Road Slowly
  • Irene Hunt
  • English
  • 09 February 2015
  • 9780425100035