Review: Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart

“Compelling and though provoking, Kephart weaves a life full of hope, and sadness with her remarkable prose.”

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Title:Dangerous Neighbors
Author:Kephart, Beth

From Goodreads: It is 1876, the year of the Centennial in Philadelphia. Katherine has lost her twin sister Anna in a tragic skating accident. One wickedly hot September day, Katherine sets out for the exhibition grounds to cut short the haunted life she no longer wants to live.

Filled with vivid detail that artfully brings the past to life, National Book Award nominee Beth Kepart’s DANGEROUS NEIGHBORS is a timeless and finely crafted novel about betrayal and guilt, hope and despair, love, loss, and new beginnings.

Beth Kephart is such a fantastic writer that I am always in awe of her prose and story telling ability, so much so that reviewing any piece of literature from Kepharts small but growing canon is always hard for me to accomplish. Kephart is astonishingly capable of making her characters come to life in such a way that putting down the book to do menial tasks such as walking the hound become impossible. Which is why August of 2010 will always be known to me as the month that I learned walking the dog while reading results in severe coordination disability, causing walking into a pole, nose bleeds, and incredible embarrassment to all who try. This life lesson is just one of the things Kephart has taught me while reading her books.

Why Teens Will Love It:

The teen scene is in such need of historical fiction and heart-wrenching tales, Kephart has supplied both in her Dangerous Neighbors. We learn so much about the bonds of sisterhood and America in her early stages of development from a East Coast perspective. There is a flash of young love and life lessons to be learned from picking up this fantastic novel.

Why Adults Will love It:

Kephart does not write down for the reader, her prose is sincere and the story line is engaging to those of all ages. Katherine and the other characters will speak to you and having you remembering your formative years in a very exciting way.

This story is not to be missed. I give it four stars instead of five only because of my selfish need for more, Dangerous Neighbors is such a short book. Pick a copy up at your local bookstore today!

FTC Disclosure: I picked this up at BEA and read it lovingly

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6 Responses so far

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    My middle daughter received The Heart is not A Size for Christmas…so I’m anxious to read both now :)

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    I definitely need to sit down and read this book – it’s been on my shelf since BEA! Glad you enjoyed it!

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    Oh gosh. I just discovered this, and quite (quite) by accident. Thank you so much! You are very kind (but oh, please don’t walk into trees while reading). I am going to cross post this now, with great gratitude.


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    I agree with you about Kephart’s writing – it’s just fabulous. I need to read this book soon.

    By the way, I’ve gotten pretty good at walking the dog and reading a book at the same time – it’s all about peripheral vision.

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    Glad to see you really enjoyed this one. I haven’t read anything by Kephart yet, but I borrowed this book from Serena to read this year.

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