Monday, January 4, 2016

My Townie Heart Book Review

I have a book to share with you that will sound an awful lot like most small towns are and the people who live in them. The book is called My Townie Heart written by Diana Sperrazza.

Laura DiStefano is torn between dreams of a new counter-cultural life and the undertow of a dysfunctional family.

Laura DiStefano has flunked out of the University of Massachusetts just as the counterculture reaches its peak in the 1970s. 
Reluctantly, Laura returns to live back home with her parents and sister in the blue collar town she so hoped to escape.   But she soon learns that her sister, a fierce survivor of a childhood attack who has rather foolishly gotten pregnant, needs Laura’s help when she unexpectedly falls for a local guy.

Even though the school offers to reinstate Laura’s scholarship, leaving home again suddenly gets harder.  As the conflicts in her threaten to drag her under, Laura becomes agoraphobic.  How can she reconcile her divided loyalties and find her genuine life?
My Thoughts:
It sounds a lot like several people and towns that I know of, doesn't it to you? There is no telling how many young girls get dragged down by getting pregnant in their early to late teens, before they have a chance to finish either high school or college, especially back in the 1970's. Things are a lot better now, but I can remember the stigma that came with a girl trying to raise a child alone and with everyone pointing fingers and talking about them.
This story is also about redemption and love for Laura because after awhile she realizes that nothing she does can help her sister unless she is willing to change, if not for herself, then at least for her child. Laura tries to run away from her roots twice but in the second one, is where she realizes she can no longer stay around her sister and she needs to start living her own life, including having a man in her life that truly loves her and wants to share his life with her.
It's a great book and story to share because while there is a lot of conflict in the book, there is also love and redemption if only the characters will seize the chance at changing their lives for the better. Which sister gets the better deal is the real story and one that you will want to read!
Happy Reading!
About the Author:
Emmy-award winning journalist Diana Sperrazza was raised in a blue-collar neighborhood in West Springfield, Massachusetts. She was the eldest daughter in an alcoholic family. In and out of college for many years, she waitressed, cleaned houses and made various forays into the counterculture until she moved to New Mexico and discovered journalism.
She settled in Washington, D.C. where she spent nearly thirty years working in television news and production. She currently lives in New York City and work as a senior executive producer for the crime channel Investigation Discovery. She is also grateful member of St. Marks in the Bowery, an Episcopal church in the East Village.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.