Staff Review: These Shallow Graves

these shallow gravesThese Shallow Graves

Jennifer Donnelly

$19.99

Available October 27th, 2015

Delacorte Press

New York City in the 1800s was a completely different world. It was a time when woman didn’t have the same rights as men. A time when woman weren’t good for anything except getting married right after school and settling down, sitting pretty and doing as they were told — which meant not speaking out of term and staying home and behaving as a proper young woman of society should behave. A girl could never be forgiven for wishing to know things, which doesn’t stop Jo Montfort. Jo wants to know what really happened to her father, Charles Montfort, New York City’s wealthiest man and owner of a newspaper. He accidently shoots himself after cleaning a loaded gun, but Jo Montfort knows her father was way too smart to clean a loaded gun.

Jo is a true rebel at heart with much different dreams. Instead of getting married right after high school to a wealthy bachelor like a young woman is expected to do, she dreams of being a writer: specifically a newspaper reporter like the famous Nellie Bly. Nothing will stop Jo Montfort from finding out the real truth behind her father’s death. If it means breaking and entering into abandoned homes, digging up graves, or lying about where she has been, then so be it.

There’s nothing I like more than a determined, strong minded young rebel like Jo Montfort, breaking out of the very society that ties her down and contradicting and breaking all the rules to follow their dreams and get what they truly want. If you’re interested in mysteries that have you at the edge of your seat then These Shallow Graves written by Jennifer Donnelly is the book for you.

~Eryn, 16

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