Louise S. Bechtel

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The cards are stacked against the Karen of ["Almost April"] in ways that should make many unadjusted girls feel they are lucky: parents divorced, mother dies, Karen lives with difficult grandmother; grandmother ill…. For us, Karen is an unpleasant sort of girl, even when she begins to see the light and reform her ways, so that all ends happily. It is a story with rather more adult implications than most junior novels; it is well written and expert at describing teen-age emotions.

Louise S. Bechtel, in a review of "Almost April," in New York Herald Tribune Book Review, March 11, 1956, p. 7.


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