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The Joys of Love

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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    Reviewed by Marie Robinson for TeensReadToo.com

    Elizabeth has big dreams of becoming an actress. She loves everything about the theater and feels born to be a part of it. Her aunt, who has raised her, wants a more conventional life and disapproves of Elizabeth's ambitions to become an actress. <BR/><BR/>Taking place over a mere four days, Elizabeth is forced to learn a lot about herself, about her career ambitions, and about growing up. Her aunt disapproves of the lifestyle Elizabeth has adopted while working for a theater company, and has withdrawn the money she was paying for Elizabeth's room and board. This leaves Elizabeth to confront just what compromises she will make in her life to realize her dream. <BR/><BR/>The melodramatic title aside, this is a lovely book. It's set in 1946, with mentions of Automats, and with characters speaking a diction reminiscent of an earlier time. It's a detailed look into the lives of young men and women trying to find themselves by playing other characters. Elizabeth doesn't just have to stand up to her aunt, she also has to learn about the kind of love that comes along with growing up. <BR/><BR/>The characters are well drawn, and L'Engle deftly draws the reader in to the stories of the minor characters as well as the major ones. It is an example in character study, with a satisfying ending that does not feel trite or contrived.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    A treat for L'Engle fans

    The minor weaknesses of this story aside (it's among L'Engle's first), I really enjoyed this book. I love her style of writing, the characters she creates, and how well she describes complex emotions and relationship dynamics. Prior to reading The Joys of Love, I had read all of L'Engle's other books multiple times, except Ilsa. The posthumous publication of this book really was a treat then, a little bit extra from my favorite author.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

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    What a wonderful book

    This is a great book to read. I just finished the book, today. I hoped that Elizabeth and Ben would be lovers' instead of Kurt in the story. It was sweet and very moving. This story reminds me about my love life, it's confusing but memoriable. The characters fit prefectly in the story. These are the type of stories I enjoy reading. This was one of them. Thank you, Madeleine L'Engle for making a great life telling and loving story.

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