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Kid Konnection: Dangerous Neighbors

May 7, 2011

Twins Anna and Katherine are inseparable. Their father doesn’t seem to understand their world and their mother is busy with the suffragist movement, so they look to each other for support.  Anna lives life to the fullest and Katherine is there to look after her.  When Anna dies, Katherine wonders how she can go on living and even contemplates ending her own life.  She attends the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition with just that in mind.  Along the way, she encounters “dangerous neighbors” who make her think life might be worth living after all.

When I started Dangerous Neighbors, by Beth Kephart, I knew I was in for a treat.  After all, no one can write gorgeous prose the way she can.  As I read this book, I felt Katherine’s pain and saw the sites of the Exposition vividly.  My heart ached for Katherine.  Younger than Anna by 20 minutes, she was cautious while Anna was a daredevil, so when an accident claimed Anna’s life, Katherine blamed herself for not being there to protect her.

I became engrossed in Katherine’s story and hated to put the book down.  I also hated for it to end and if I have any complaints about Dangerous Neighbors, it would be the fact that it left me wanting more!

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Review copy provided by Egmont.   I am an Indiebound  Affiliate.
22 Comments leave one →
  1. May 7, 2011 6:16 am

    I have been wanting to try one of Beth Kephart’s books. I think I will start with Dangerous Neighbors. Katherine’s story seems heartbreaking – it’s awful to lose a sibling whom you are so close to.
    Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. May 7, 2011 6:52 am

    I enjoyed this book and Beth’s beautiful prose. I agree that I wanted more of the story! But I guess it’s good to be left wanting for more when we finish a book.

  3. May 7, 2011 7:00 am

    I really enjoyed this book. It was dark, but she writes so beautifully, and the setting was an added bonus. Her secondary characters really intrigued me too, like the boy with the animals.

  4. May 7, 2011 7:33 am

    What a lovely review! Beth always leaves us wanting more.

  5. May 7, 2011 8:23 am

    I love historical YA novels! They are not as popular as the fantasy ones but they teach so much more. I will look this one up for my daughter. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Beth Hoffman permalink
    May 7, 2011 9:29 am

    I need to make time to read this. Great review, Kathy.

  7. May 7, 2011 10:09 am

    Sounds like a lovely book, and not really like a children’s read. As the mother of twins I’d like to read this. My girls do have a very special connection.
    Great review.

  8. May 7, 2011 10:44 am

    You’ve made this book sound so appealing — I think one of the best things you can say about a book is that you didn’t want it to end 🙂

    I’ve never read this author before, but will definitely try her now. Thanks!

  9. May 7, 2011 11:16 am

    I’ve heard a little about this book, but your review really lets me know what I’d be getting into by reading it. I love the sound of this one, and the sections regarding the Expo really sound very intriguing. I also have not yet read anything by Kephart, and so this one seems like a must read for me!

  10. May 7, 2011 12:33 pm

    I have heard about this book and thought that I would perhaps enjoy it. And I do think that would be the case

  11. May 7, 2011 12:51 pm

    This book is high on my tbr list and your great review reminds me of how much I want to read Beth Kephart’s books. She has a wonderful writing style, which I learned when I read her book, “The Heart is Not A Size”. I’m intrigued by Dangerous Neighbors, especially, because I’m a twin and the relationship between twins has always fascinated me. I definitely want to read Katherin’s story and discover what she decides to do and why. I know I’m in for a treat!
    Thanks, Kathy!

  12. May 7, 2011 2:43 pm

    This book is high on my list after hearing about the beautiful prose and great characters.

  13. May 7, 2011 3:03 pm

    I’ve been seeing the buzz around this book for a while. It sounds fascinating!

  14. May 7, 2011 4:28 pm

    I’ve read only one Beth Kephart book, and I absolutely loved it. I really should pick up some of her others (I can say they’re for my daughter, then I get to read them, too).

    Thanks for this attention-getting review of DANGEROUS NEIGHBORS – sounds like a treat, indeed.

  15. May 7, 2011 8:47 pm

    After reading some of the comments and your review I have to find this one next.

  16. May 7, 2011 9:15 pm

    Sounds like an intense book. And the setting interests me as I live near Philadelphia.

  17. stacybuckeye permalink
    May 7, 2011 10:34 pm

    I’ve read from other bloggers that they wanted it to be longer, too 🙂

  18. May 8, 2011 1:23 am

    she definitely has gorgeous prose although sometimes i think the story takes second place to it!

  19. May 8, 2011 11:08 am

    I am glad you enjoyed this one! Something about it seemed a bit disingenuous to me, but I still thought it was a good read.

  20. May 8, 2011 1:27 pm

    The writing was very beautiful, but I felt like there was something missing with this book. It definitely should have been longer and gone into more details with some of the characters. Glad you enjoyed it!

  21. May 8, 2011 8:30 pm

    I think the author is a genius. I haven’t read a book of hers that I didn’t like and I loved this one too!

  22. May 9, 2011 12:52 pm

    Great review Kathy. I have this book, just need some time to read it. I’m really looking forward to it.

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