Apr 26, 2013

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress Review

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
Release Date: December 6th, 2012
Publisher: Dial; 440 pages

An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns –and the heroines who use them all

Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician's assistant. The three young women's lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It's up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.

Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.

Special thanks to Penguin for providing me with this book at 2012 San Diego Comic Con!

The Friday Society is a mystery novel that tells the story of three completely different teenage girls who through a series of events end up intertwined together to solve a mystery.  There's Cora, who is an intelligent assistant to a scientist.  Nellie is a quirky assistant to a magician.  And Michiko, a quiet but extremely well trained Japanese samurai.  Together the three of them definitely make up quite a motley crue.  But they are all so strong and independent that they make excellent role models for young female readers.  I imagine that if I read a book like this while I was in middle school I would have just loved it.  All three characters are very bad ass while keeping their femininity.

But unfortunately I had issues with the labeling of this book.  I know it's categorized as a young adult book, but I really felt like I was reading a middle grade book.  A lot of times I felt like the details of the novel could have been a little bit more descriptive.  There were quite a few paragraphs that I seemed more like a paraphrase of what was going on, instead of a description of the scene.

The novel is also told from 3 different point of views.  Which I always feel is a risk for an author to take.  There is always that chance that the reader will become confused with the back and forth of character view points.  And unfortunately for me, I found that the different point of views didn't really work out.  I didn't really see a purpose to having more than one point of view because it seemed that Cora was the main character.  And yes I did enjoy Nellie's point of view, because she was just so quirky and funny.  Nellie just screams sex appeal with a brain.  But Michiko actually made me scratch my head a few times.  I am not sure how much research the author did on Japanese culture, but from how she was portrayed in the novel, Michiko seemed like your stereotypical Japanese girl.

One of the positives of the book were definitely the chapter titles.  I love when books have chapter names, instead of just chapter one, chapter two, etc.  A lot of the chapter titles were very creative, and quite a few made me chuckle.  Plus the characters really did act their age.  A lot of times when I read young adult novels, I forget how old the characters actually are.  I usually imagine them to be older, because they act older.  But one scene in particular the three girls are having a slumber party.  It reminded me when I was younger, when I went to sleep overs.

I would recommend The Friday Society to preteens.  It gives off a great example of "girl power" and how working together with your peers can lead to positive results.

1 comment:

  1. I also love it when chapters have titles. It's a shame that the different POV's didn't work for you, but I love the fact that this book has three bad ass female characters :)



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