Stacy Halloran has lived most of her life in 1950s-era housing development Arboria Park. But her beloved neighborhood may not survive much longer.
Despite her parents’ entreaties to “stay in the yard where it’s safe,” the Park is where young Stacy roams in quest of “real life.” Through her wanderings, she learns about the area’s agricultural history; meets people from backgrounds different than her own; watches her siblings develop interracial and same-sex relationships; helps launch the local punk-rock scene; and finally, settles as a wife and mother. As the neighborhood declines (along with her relationship with her mother), Stacy considers moving on to rescue herself and her daughter. But then a massive highway project threatens the ever-resilient Park–and it’s Stacy’s task to rally family, friends, and neighbors to save it. (From Goodreads)
I rate this book, a solid 4 out of 5 stars.
There was nothing overly dramatic, no major climax within this book. It was a good solid story, about an american family that lived in a housing development from the 1950’s-2000’s. I loved everything about this book. From the interracial relationships, to the same-sex relationships, to the mention of rock and roll, and rockabilly, punk rock music, to the unwed teen pregnancies, to the mention of the wars. There has always been something fascinating about the 1950’s and 1960’s to me, so I really enjoyed this book, It was so realistic that I felt I had lived through those times.
I adored every single character, except Stacy’s mom, she was so full of hatred and envy of people who had more, that she let it dictate her life, and her opinions of her children. Whom she treated absolutely terrible, and they treated her far better than she deserved. That to me was the roughest thing about this book, was the racism, and bigotry, But back in those years, that was what people were raised to believe.
Thank you BookSparks for allowing me to be a part of your #popupblogtour for #arboriapark This was one enjoyable read, and I am so glad I got to be one of the first to read and review it.