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No Promises in the Wind

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Great Book.

No Promises in the Wind by Irene Hunt is a story about two brothers, Josh and Joey Grondowski, who, due to lack of finances, are forced to go out on their own during the Great Depression. The story is told through the eyes of a 15 year old boy, Josh Grondowski. After de...
No Promises in the Wind by Irene Hunt is a story about two brothers, Josh and Joey Grondowski, who, due to lack of finances, are forced to go out on their own during the Great Depression. The story is told through the eyes of a 15 year old boy, Josh Grondowski. After dealing with constant abuse from his frustrated father, Josh decides to leave home. Joey, Josh's younger brother, tags along for the adventure. In their journey the boys find themselves catching rides on trains and struggling to survive. With the help of a friendly truck driver from Nebraska, Lonnie Bromer, the boys are able to find a job and a place to stay. Throughout the story Josh learns about the importance of family, forgiveness, and the negative aspects of poverty due to the depression. I think I can relate to Josh because the bond the two brothers share is similar to the one my younger brother and I have. We did a lot of things together growing up, and I usually took care of my brother. The way that Josh and Joey remain by each other's side reminds me of my childhood. I really like this book because it shows the struggles of a young boy surviving during this critical period. The circumstances that surrounded Josh make him use his inner strength to overcome difficult situations. I like how the book teaches readers how desperation can affect people and also that forgiveness is one of the most powerful things in the world. I recommend this book to people interested in learning how terrible the Great Depression was during the 1930s. Anybody that enjoys reading about people overcoming hardships will enjoy this book as well.

posted by YULIUS10 on January 5, 2011

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

No Promises in the Wind

In No Promises in the Wind by Irene Hunt Josh and younger brother Joey Grandowski are two regular kids trying to make it through the depression. After leaving their abusive and hunger stricken home, the boys find themselves hitching rides on trains and struggling to su...
In No Promises in the Wind by Irene Hunt Josh and younger brother Joey Grandowski are two regular kids trying to make it through the depression. After leaving their abusive and hunger stricken home, the boys find themselves hitching rides on trains and struggling to survive. With the help of Lonnie, a friendly truck driver, Josh and Joey manage to find several jobs and a place to stay. Throughout the novel Josh learns lessons about the importance of family, negative aspects of poverty, and the hardships of love. I found that I could relate to Josh throughout the story. For instance, while facing difficult situations and poverty, Josh was for the most part able to remain optimistic. Remaining optimistic directly impacts Josh¿s will to survive and lessens the mental damage caused by poverty. I find that maintaining a positive outlook helps me deal with work, stress, and other daily obstacles. Furthermore, I can relate to Josh because of his willingness to grow. Throughout the novel Josh learns about love, forgiveness, anger, and many other difficult aspects of life. Though stubborn at first, Josh eventually learns to deal with everything that comes his way. It is this basic transition from childhood to adulthood that this book emphasizes, and that is what I relate to most about Josh. Overall I did not enjoy reading No Promises in the Wind. I found that although the novel accurately depicted a child demanding to survive and learning important life lessons, I never really considered myself entertained. My favorite part of the book is when Josh and Joey work at a carnival in Baton Rouge. I found that the descriptions of carnival attractions were amusing and the characters themselves were clever and easy to imagine. My least favorite part was towards the end of the novel when Josh was falling in love with Lonnie¿s niece Janey. It seemed irrelevant to the rest of the plot and unnecessarily long. If I could change the novel in any way, I would have given Janey a shorter role. I would not recommend this book to another person. The book was uninteresting the whole way through and the plot switches from a boy struggling to survive to a childhood love story. Someone who is studying the depression or enjoys reading about people overcoming hardships might enjoy reading this book.

posted by Anonymous on January 29, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2004

    snore!!!!!

    it was boring!!!!! for all you out there under 20 dont read it!!! its lik those books they make u read at school- piontless and boring

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