A compelling coming-of-age story set in the Sixties...
It's 1966. Mini-skirts are in. Beatlemania is in full swing. And Angie Finley is starting high school with frosted hair and contacts, ready to find a boyfriend. But her dad's in Vietnam as young men burn their draft cards. School integration turns ugly as a black classmate is bullied. Her mom pushes her to be a cheerleader while women demand to be taken seriously. And a pushy antiwar activist in her class is driving her crazy.
But a handsome quarterback thinks her new look is perfect. And he wants to do a lot more than just make out.
Set against a backdrop of the tumultuous 1960s, "A Daffodil for Angie" is a vivid coming-of-age story about a teenager grappling with what kind of person she wants to be. Should she trust the adults who sent her father to Vietnam? Should she try to do something about attacks on the first black student in her class? Should she let her sexy boyfriend score a touchdown?
The 1960s comes alive as Angie tries to make sense of the social upheaval around her, while struggling to keep a lid on her raging hormones.
|Publisher:||Wild Falls Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.71(d)|
About the Author
Growing up, she lived in Japan and Okinawa where her Army dad was stationed. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a degree in Journalism and Creative Writing. She and her husband live in Atlanta.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite '“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The road to popularity is paved with pompoms.” My mother’s exact words as she dropped me off for my first day of high school.’ While her sister DeeDee is busy being the perfect student of social approval, Angie is stuck in the crossfire between the 1960s reforms and ideologies of racism and the Viet Nam conflict. As Angie attempts to find her niche as a high school newspaper reporter, her eyes are opened to the vastness of world female possibilities, all the while trying to soothe her mother’s expectations. Looks aren’t everything, regardless of how hard her friends push that stigma. While Angie struggles with her feelings about dating the big man on campus, Craig Anderson, she also realizes that being true to oneself matters much, much more than being arm candy in return for social acceptance. A Daffodil for Angie by Connie Lacy is an important story written with strong words of concern about a period in our US history that to this day is full of controversy. Author Connie Lacy is relentless in depicting the vivid emotions of southern perceptions of racism, Viet Nam, sexual confusion, and gender equality in this coming of age novel. As an adult reader, I see the emotional and intellectual growth of the main character. I believe the teen reader will respect the candor with which the author presents this page-turner. A Daffodil for Angie is, without a doubt, the must-read novel of the year. Connie Lacy obviously understands the teenage psyche.
One of the major reasons why I pick up a YA book is because I could relate to the protagonist really well. But with A Daffodil for Angie I was worried, that I won’t be able to relate to Angie, because she is from 60’s, i.e, at least 39 yrs before I was born. But while reading the book, I realised how useless my worries were. Angie was such a awesome character, and the author did such a great job in bringing her alive. I could easily relate to many of the inner turmoils Angie experienced throughout the book. Defying parents or coming in terms with what one actually wanted in life were issues that every teenager faces, and these are the issues that all the readers will be able to relate to while reading A Daffodil for Angie. The author Connie Lacy brought alive 1966, by bringing up issues that were prevalent in that time such as racism and Vietnam War. I loved the fact that the author actually made the Angie play a part in these, like participating in anti war marches, being a pioneer in organising them to standing up against racism, rather than making her a mere spectator. If you are in mood for a YA novel set in 60’s then you should definitely check out A Daffodil for Angie, you won’t be disappointed.
I loved this book. Genuine young characters, redolent of what I guess was the mid-sixties in the US. I’m about eight years younger than Angie, but South Africa was runing about five years behind in terms of music, fashion, culture, (and about thirty years behind in terms of civil liberty!) so I can very much relate to the cultural atmosphere Angie grows up in. Angie’s coming of age is as complex as the seismic shift in values and ethics that was the Vietnam war period in the US. Connie Lacey reflects perfectly that teeter-tottering teen-time when one is certain of one’s own opinion in some things, and equally unsure of others of our choices, our forays into adulthood, and whether we are not perhaps making fools of ourselves. Into this cauldron of emotions, half-glimpsed dreams, raging hormones and innocent wisdom Lacey stirs a potent draught of empathic humanity and ethics. The book is moving, amusing, fascinating, and revealing - more of the reader than anything else. A fine coming-of-age novel in a historic setting.