A book about politics, a young girl's life, her liberal attitude, and US history during the McCarthy Era.
Kim's liberal attitude started at home. She called her parents by their first names without any objection from them, but even though Kim was free to call her parents by their first names, she had to walk on egg shells because of her mother. She never knew what would set her off. Her parents' constant fighting was very unsettling for Kim and her younger sister. The summer before Kim was to enter high school, her father had a job change, and a move was necessary.
Their move from New York to California was quite traumatic for Kim, but her mother was excited. The move/drive to California actually was a humorous part of the book.
When they did arrive at their new home, not much had changed with her parents, and the teenage concern about school and finding friends was utmost in Kim's mind. She did find a good friend with whom she shared adventures….they remained friends into adulthood. Kim commented: "No matter how bad things get at home, when I'm on this trolley and were going someplace, life is good." Page 55.
School also became a haven for her writing and for her political views that were published in a school newspaper. Her haven became as chaotic as her home life after tragedy struck her favorite teacher, Mr. Samuels.
High school ended, and Kim enrolled in UCLA. The troubles at home continued, but she met a man who helped her through them and through school. He made her forget what was going on at home and what had made her the way she has been her entire life. Lucien made her realize she had to live her life and complete whatever she needed to do for herself. He was the love of her life and she of his….so they thought.
The book moves through Kim's life at the university and then jumps forward to her adult life. She had a great deal of heartache in her life because of family problems...tissues needed at times.
The story of Kim Lebow kept my interest for the most part, but since I am not political or liberal, portions of the book were not to my liking. The storyline veered away from liberalism as it moved into Kim's adulthood and was on a more personal level, but then her life and the story came full circle and many answers were revealed to her. The book was very well written and brought attention to social as well as mental issues which can ruin lives.
Not sure what to rate it....I liked the personal level, but truly didn't like the political and liberal aspect.