“Deep, delightful, and compulsively readable.”
It’s 1976. The USA turns 200 while scrappy agnostic Sandy Drue turns 10, finds an electric typewriter in her father’s office, and begins turning out page after page on the conflicting demands of burgeoning adolescence and her own quiet search for the Meaning of Life.
The result is a beguiling collection of loosely linked short stories and vignettes, gathered by a now 13-year-old Sandy into an unconventional novel structured like a blog, long before blogging.
In the wake of the Watergate scandal, American society is in a state of bewilderment, the economy is fragile, and Sandy’s friends are secretly reading Judy Blume — against their mothers’ warnings. The Drue family has moved from New York to Small Town USA where Sandy and her brother try to find their way to fit in. What they find instead is something ultimately more valuable.
Mailbox is an unusual mother-daughter love story that is both hopeful and heartbreaking… profound and good fun.
I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Mailbox is a collection of short stories compiled by Sandy Drue who takes us through different moments in her life from the time she’s seven. I don’t usually read stories like this because even though there’s only one main character, it focuses on so many things and is in a way not consistent. This story exceeded my expectations anyway and the writing style wasn’t bad.
I liked how these stories started from ‘the beginning’ of sorts and worked its way from there. Seeing life through Sandy’s eyes was definitely different and it was easy to tell what a happy child she was.
There were a few stories that I wasn’t a fan of and one that totally creeped me out. The way it was written was with the innocence of a child and I think that was the creepy part.
The writing style was good and the build up was great. It got a bit sad at the end but that last part helped me be comforted.
Read: 15 January 2016
Publication Date: 10 May 2015
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Nancy Freund