Thursday, June 6, 2019

Blog Tour: All The Greys On Greene Street by Laura Tucker ~Spotlight + Review~

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for All The Greys On Greene Street by Laura Tucker!  
Find out more about the book below!

*I received an advance readers copy of this book for review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  Many thanks to the publisher for sending me a review copy!

All The Greys On Greene Street
by Laura Tucker; illustrated by Kelly Murphy
Publication Date:  June 4, 2019
by Viking Books for Young Readers
Pages:  320
Genre:  Middle Grade, Historical Fiction
Rating:  4/5 Stars
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SoHo, 1981. Twelve-year-old Olympia is an artist--and in her neighborhood, that's normal. Her dad and his business partner Apollo bring antique paintings back to life, while her mother makes intricate sculptures in a corner of their loft, leaving Ollie to roam the streets of New York with her best friends Richard and Alex, drawing everything that catches her eye.
Then everything falls apart. Ollie's dad disappears in the middle of the night, leaving her only a cryptic note and instructions to destroy it. Her mom has gone to bed, and she's not getting up. Apollo is hiding something, Alex is acting strange, and Richard has questions about the mysterious stranger he saw outside. And someone keeps calling, looking for a missing piece of art. . . .
Olympia knows her dad is the key--but first, she has to find him, and time is running out.

Laura Tucker has coauthored more than twenty books, including two New York Times bestselling memoirs. She grew up in New York City around the same time as Olympia, and now lives in Brooklyn with her daughter and husband; on Sunday mornings, you can find her at the door of Buttermilk Channel, one of their two restaurants. She is a cat person who cheats with dogs. All the Greys on Greene Street is her first novel.

All The Greys On Greene Street, the debut novel by Laura Tucker, takes place in SoHo, New York City in 1981, and revolves around 12 year old Olympia as she tries to find out why her father ran off, while struggling to cope with her mother's depression. 

I loved many of the characters in this book, especially Olympia.  I really felt for her and all she had to deal with throughout the story.  Her father left and she doesn't know why, her mother doesn't get out of bed because she is so depressed, and Olympia is left feeling abandoned.  She loves to draw and I loved how art and creativity were a big part of this book.  Olympia expresses herself through her art and I think her creativity and drawings help her to process many of her emotions.  I also loved the close friendships she had with Richard and Alex.  Her friendships helped her cope better with the chaos in her life.  

I really liked the setting of this story.  Soho in the early 1980's seemed like such an interesting place and time, especially the art scene.  I loved how the author described the feel of the city and the creative atmosphere at that time.  There were interesting facts about art throughout the story that I found fascinating.  I also loved the artwork by Kelly Murphy that was featured on certain pages throughout the book.  

This story was difficult to read at times because of the serious situations that take place.  After Olympia's dad runs off, she is left living with her mother who hasn't left her bed in over two weeks because of her depression.  I have struggled with depression all my life so it was hard to read about what Olympia went through just trying to get her mother out of bed.  I felt for Olympia and her mother, but I really did not like how her mother neglected her or the way she treated her.  I know firsthand how destructive depression can be, but it was really difficult for me to like her mother.  I also found it difficult to like her father because he basically abandoned her too.  I just felt so bad for Olympia throughout the story. 

This was a slower paced read, and it took me a little while to fully immerse myself into the story.  However, as I got to know more about the characters, especially Olympia, I couldn't stop reading and I flew through the last half of the book.  Overall, I found this to be an engrossing and touching read, and I definitely recommend checking it out (I do think this would be better for older children though, because of the difficult subject matter).  I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.




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