Thursday, April 7, 2011

And Both Were Young by Madeline L'Engle

If you loved the Wrinkle in Time series by Madeline L'Engle you probably will want to read And Both Were Young. This is L'Engle's first book and was well received by the critics and general public. The forward is written by her granddaughter, who has followed in her grandmother's shoes and become a writer.

Flip doesn't think shell ever fit in at the Swiss boarding school. Besides being homesick for her father and Connecticut, she isn't sophisticated like the other girls, and discussions about boys leave her tongue-tied. Her happiest times are spent apart from the others, sketching or wandering in the mountains.

But the day she's out walking alone and meets a French boy, Paul, things change for Flip. As their relationship grows, so does her self-confidence. Despite her newfound happiness, there are times when Paul seems a stranger to her. And since dating is forbidden except to seniors, their romance must remain a secret. With so many new feelings and obstacles to overcome in her present, can Flip help Paul to confront his troubled past and find a future?
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