Monday, June 23, 2014

A Mad, Wicked Folly

A Mad, Wicked Folly
Sharon Briggs Waller

Published: January 2014
Publisher: Viking Juvenile 
My copy is a.... Library Book
Summary: Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl.            After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?

Seeing as the last review I wrote for Lola and the boy next door was a lot easier to write in this form lets try it again!

Vicky was confused and trying to figure out how she would become an artist but that wasn’t done by making her overly emotional and whiny. Instead she accomplished things herself, she tried different strategies without closing any doors on herself.

I am a total sucker for any book with interesting history (especially the women’s suffrage or WWII).  The aspect that this book was placed in London, not the US, was a interesting change compared to the other history books I’ve read. Comments than men would make to Vicky were unbelievable that the majority of society thought that way.

The storyline in this book was perfect. There plenty of elements interacting with each other that it didn’t seem overly long. Vicky had enough wit that some parts were funny but she was navigating how to live in a world where the rules of society are changing and the rules that applied to her mother and the rules of her mother’s society are mixing with the rules of the lower classes.


4 stars

This is a great book to read if you are interested in this time period.

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