So after month of thinking about signing up for a book subscription box I finally found one that didn't cost all the money in the world. Prudence and the Crow is a lovely vintage book box. oh my! Am I glad I finally took the plunge! I love this so much because everyone who signs up gets something a little bit different. It's also prefect for anyone that want to read something different. You might just be surprised at what you end up falling in love with!
What my box contained:
Two tea bags
A glow in the dark star
Two Fruit-tella sweets
A postcard drawing
Prudence and The Crow pencil
A library card with the date the book was dispatched, each one is stamped with a new number depending how many books you have had from them. (Eg mine was stamped No.1 as it was my first.)
A hand made book slip to protect your book.
The lovely people at Prudence and the Crow ask you to fill out a questionnaire when you first sign up so they can match you to a book they think you will love. You also get a few little things along with your book, the amount of love and care that Prudence and the Crow have for this box is clear. If you haven't already, go and check them out!
My book this month was one I wouldn't normally go for and one I have never heard of The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.
Synopsis: According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for "social") has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he's always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers--until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy's skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.
Book Review: I really looked forward to being able to pick The Outsiders up each time. I also love that this book came before YA fiction became something with a name and as much right to the world as adult and children's fiction.
It makes me think of a cross between Grease and West Side Story, but with less about teenagers falling in love. It was so refreshing not to have to read about love sick teenagers for once!
The main character Poneyboy is brilliant character, you can't help but want everything to work out right for him and his brothers. This is a classic coming of age story.
Admittedly I was a little bit worried that there would be too much violence for my cup of tea.It turned out to be a wonderful book about making the most of what you have even when the going gets tough.
I can't believe this book slipped under my radar and I'd never heard of it. It's time to go back and visit some of these gems from the past.
I can't wait for my next surprise read from Prudence and the Cow.