The Boston Girl By Anita Diamant Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Known as The Boston Girl in the early 1900s, Addie Baum takes a trip down memory lane. She’s interviewed by her granddaughter about her life. Addie never felt like she was anything special. Her family immigrated to the United States after she was born. She was the youngest of three girls. Nothing she did made her or her mother happy. Her life changed drastically when she went behind their back to do something she enjoyed. She kept going on through all of the small and major events that happened in her life.


I was introduced to this lovely book by a book club I attend once a month at my library. I’ve read The Red Tent. Ironically enough that was for the same book club. Both were beautiful books. I can honestly say this author knows how to tug at a person’s emotions and leave them feeling completely invested. There are times it’s a bit sneaky. The ending was especially very emotional. I think the only criticism I have about the book is that I feel like it would have been nice to hear all the questions that the granddaughter asked.


I was so lucky to have found this book on Kindle Unlimited. I had the option to read and listen to the book. I was originally intending to do both. I wound up absorbing the book too quickly for that. This book was narrated by Linda Lavin. I absolutely loved her accent! I am going to be so heartbroken if I find out that it’s not authentic! Either way, she added so much color to the story. I think it was the biggest reason I got so weepy at the end. I was a blubbery mess. I can’t even explain! Anyway, had I not known better, I would assume that she was actually Addie. She channeled Addie so well. It was magic!


This was such a beautiful story. I knew I was going to love it from the beginning. The book club coordinator has amazing taste in books. I think out of all the books she’s chosen in the years that I’ve been in the club, I’ve disliked maybe three. This story was just so beautiful. It was full of family love, life lessons, and historical events. It also showed a lot of empowerment. Addie was a majority independent woman. That’s extraordinary for that time frame! I fully recommend this book.

A little private joke to see who else has read this book with me.

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