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FULLY posted on Beauty and the Bookshelf! 4.5 Stars! Thinking
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Thinking about it, I can't find any complaints or issues with this book. While I may have peeked ahead a few times, it wasn't really because of the book. I just wanted to see when a certain character would be in the book! So even though I was slightly frustrated when a certain character wouldn't make an appearance for dozens of pages, I think that was about it. Something about this book was just GOOD.
A large part of what made A Mad, Wicked Folly such a great novel was the writing. Waller wrote the story wonderfully, with a style and voice that matched the 1909 era. I mean, it wasn't Shakespeare and hath not doth this and all that, but it wasn't contemporary writing, and there were some words and phrases that were obviously from a different time period, for I didn't know what they meant. (Also not a complaint, just an ode to the writing style.) In fact, I don't know if this book would've been so successful if it wasn't written the way it was. And I will most definitely be reading the future works of Waller.
Vicky was a likeable, strongheaded POV/MC who tried her hardest to succeed and fulfill her dreams. It was hard to be a woman during that time period (and for many, many years after) and do what you wanted to do. Class, level, and society were extremely important, and you didn't want to fall below the ranks of the high and mighty. But even with all that, Vicky continued to persevere and try to make her dreams come true, even her brother Freddy, but I wasn't too fond of her stuffy parents. I liked her friends, but I could not stand her fiance or his father. I did, however, fancy her muse-of-sorts, Will. I wanted more and more of him. He was just who needed Vicky needed in her life, and he was totally swoony and wonderful and we can please have a sequel with lots and lots of Will? Each character was their own character, if that makes sense, and most seemed like they had purpose to the story.
A big part of this novel revolves around the rights of women. While this is a fictional novel, it has bits and pieces of non-fiction mixed into it, which was great. We see how women are treated of various classes, and by strangers, acquaintances, and family. Really, it's just ridiculous. Women couldn't do crap in 1909. Why, women shouldn't vote, because they'll get ideas, and they shouldn't have an opinion! It was horrid how women, who simply wanted a say in things and to be treated as equals, were treated. (Being force-fed through a tube really did happen, people.) But this book accomplished weaving history with a fictional story, and it was well done. (Also, boys, watch how you treat us women. Without us, you've got nothing. And you'll get nothing, too.)
While I'm not sure if I loved A Mad, Wicked Folly, I do have lots of like for it. It was composed of great writing, true (and hard) history, and even some romance, which I always like. This folly-free novel (please tell me I used that word correctly) has so many aspects that come together to make a high-quality, good piece of YA literature. And while the ending wasn't my favorite (it was somewhat open-ended, at least for the romance-loving me, and I just wanted more), it was still good and worked for the book and the story. I'd suggest you read this book, no matter who you are or what genre you usually read, and to not do so would be a mad, wicked folly.