Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Subway Girls by Susie Orman Schnall

We move from 1949 to 2018 and come across girls who auditioned for being a Subway Girl in 1948 to an advertising agency in 2018 that needs a new campaign to help the transit system get more ridership.

The girls in 1949 were more than happy to have their photos plastered over the subways because it might get them a job in a different industry.  The advertising agency in 2018 became interested in the Subway Girls as an ad campaign for themselves. 

Olivia who worked for the advertising agency had a brilliant idea to help the transit system and made a connection with the 1949 Subway Girls campaign for their current advertising.  She found the campaign as she was doing research, and wondered what really happened to the Subway Girls and if being a Subway Girl really changed or enhanced their lives.  Finding this information gave Olivia some hope for her agency’s winning the bid for the ad campaign.

Olivia and her assistant, Priya, hit the jackpot when they found actual posters of The Subway Girls and stories of their lives.

She uncovered more gems when a neighbor knew and had been one of the The Subway Girls.

THE SUBWAY GIRLS is a delightful read.  I enjoyed going back to 1949 and seeing how women had to really struggle to get out of the required mold of being a housewife and mother.

Ms. Orman Schnall's writing is refreshing and enjoyable. The story line is interesting and had me researching The Subway Girls.

According to Wikipedia, these women were called Miss Subways, and the program lasted from 1941 to 1976.  Ms. Orman Schnall also added information in the ending pages about how she became interested in The Subway girls and gave some background information about them.

THE SUBWAY GIRLS has everything historical fiction and women's fiction fans will love.  There is love, heartbreak, secrets, and the story of how women have been trying to "break out" from their stereotypical roles since forever.

The book goes back and forth from the 1940’s to 2018.  The story line connects smoothly with each era and has genuine, lovable, and relatable characters.

It is truly a book to savor and enjoy.  5/5

I received an advance copy. All opinions are my own.


  1. I hope you get to read THE SUBWAY GIRLS.

    ENJOY when you do.

    Thanks for stopping.

  2. Replies
    1. It is fascinating!!!

      I hope you get to read it, Kathy.

      Thanks for commenting.

  3. Is this based on true events?

    1. Yes on true events.

      Thanks for commenting, Ti.

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    1. It is so good...I love that it is an historical event.

      Thanks for commenting, Carole Rae.

  5. It sounds really good and I can't wait to read it!

    1. It was very good....I love historical fiction.

      The author told me she spoke to a few of them in person. :)

      Thanks for commenting, Mary.

  6. That sounds interesting. I love the 1940's.

    1. It is a favorite for me too.

      Thanks for commenting, Ellen.