A DAFFODIL FOR ANGIE
By Connie Lacy
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction
It’s 1966. Mini-skirts are in. Beatlemania is in full swing. And Angie Finley is starting high school with frosted hair and contacts, ready to find a boyfriend. But her dad’s in Vietnam as young men burn their draft cards. School integration turns ugly as a black classmate is bullied. Her mom pushes her to be a cheerleader while women demand equal rights. And a pushy antiwar activist in her class is driving her crazy.
But a handsome quarterback thinks her new look is perfect. And he wants to do a lot more than make out.
Set against a backdrop of the tumultuous 1960s, A Daffodil for Angie is a vivid coming-of-age story about a teenager grappling with the kind of person she wants to be. Should she trust the adults who sent her father to Vietnam? Should she try to do something about attacks on the first black student in her class? Should she let her sexy boyfriend score a touchdown?
The decade of the 1960s comes alive as Angie tries to make sense of the social upheaval around her while struggling to keep a lid on her raging hormones.
One of the major reasons why I pick up a YA book is because I could relate to the protagonist really well. But with A Daffodil for Angie I was worried, that I won’t be able to relate to Angie, because she is from 60’s, i.e, at least 39 yrs before I was born. But while reading the book, I realised how useless my worries were.
Angie was such a awesome character, and the author did such a great job in bringing her alive. I could easily relate to many of the inner turmoils Angie experienced throughout the book. Defying parents or coming in terms with what one actually wanted in life were issues that every teenager faces, and these are the issues that all the readers will be able to relate to while reading A Daffodil for Angie.
The author Connie Lacy brought alive 1966, by bringing up issues that were prevalent in that time such as racism and Vietnam War. I loved the fact that the author actually made the Angie play a part in these, like participating in anti war marches, being a pioneer in organising them to standing up against racism, rather than making her a mere spectator.
If you are in mood for a YA novel set in 60’s then you should definitely check out A Daffodil for Angie, you won’t be disappointed.
LIFE AT 17 RATING
(4.5 stars out of 5)
Connie Lacy worked for many years as a radio reporter and news anchor after dabbling in acting in college and community theater. Those experiences show up in some of her novels.
Growing up, she lived in Japan and Okinawa where her Army dad was stationed. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a degree in Journalism and Creative Writing. She and her husband live in Atlanta.
Her passion for human rights prompted her to write A Daffodil for Angie, a historical novel set in the 1960s. She’s the author of five other novels, all of them featuring young women struggling to overcome difficult challenges in their lives – The Time Telephone; VisionSight: a Novel; The Shade Ring, book 1 of The Shade Ring Trilogy; Albedo Effect, book 2 of The Shade Ring Trilogy; and Aerosol Sky, book 3 of The Shade Ring Trilogy.
*I received a free copy of this book from Sage’s Blog Tour in return for an honest review*