Friday, February 11, 2011

The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted 
published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
genre- Historical Romance
learn about it- (Shelfari) (Good reads)
buy it here
challenge- History challenge

Bet and Will have been best friends for years. Will's parents died, and Bet's mother passed away in the same influenza, and when Will's uncle came to collect him, he adopted Bet also, saving her from a dreary orphanage life as a dead servants daughter. Since then, Bet and Will have been inseparable, born only a few months apart most mistake them as twins. And when Bet learns or Will's plans to run away from school and join the military, she gets a plan. Bet will go to school in Will's place, saving her uncle the pain that will come if he finds that his only heir is entering the army, and she will get the education that she's always dreamed of.

It's a good plan, at first. But being a boy is harder then she expected, putting up with the rudeness and violence. And doesn't it help that her roommate is completely gorgeous, and amazing and Bet falls for him a little bit more each day. And it gets even more difficult for bet to keep her secret when the letters from Will stop coming...

The Education of bet was really cute. Reminded me a lot of the movie She's The Man, and The Twelfth Night. It was short and sweet and a happy read about love, loyalty and acheving your dreams. It was, I don't know, refreshing. And l loved how it was HF. I don't read a lot of that genera but the playful happiness of this book reminded me to turn down a violent distopian novel every once in a while, and pick up a book like this.

So, Things I liked:

I loved Will and Bet and their relationship. The way they were siblings, even though they didn't actually share blood. They grew up together and loved each other, I also liked how Wills uncle treated Bet like his own niece, even though she should technically be his servant. Their was a certain rawness of Bet in her confusion of how to act, (like a maid, or a daughter) and what to do. She found her balance in between, and in the end got her education and everything she always wanted. Oops, I guess that's a spoiler, but you probably could have guessed that one...

The writing was really rather good, and I didn't have any trouble or doubts while reading. (Is this really worth my time?) ((it was))

There is nothing in particular about the book that I didn't like, It was a nice read.

So good job Lauren Baratz-Logsted! 

See ya my lovelies!


"The Education of Bet" comes out in paper back on April 18, and Lauren's newest novel "little women and Me" comes out August 18.

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