Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Copy Boy” by Shelley Blanton-Stroud, She Writes Press, June 23, 2020, for Suzy Approved Book Tours
Shelley Blanton-Stroud, Author of “Copy Boy” has written an intriguing, dramatic, suspenseful, thought-provoking, and memorable novel. The genres for this novel are historical fiction, fiction, adventure, and suspense. This is also a coming of age novel and a novel about fighting to survive. The timeline for this story is during the Great Depression. Parts of the story are told in San Franciso. The author describes her characters as complex, complicated, flawed, and dysfunctional. There are betrayals, fabrications, and manipulation during these depressing times, to survive.
Jane is the courageous protagonist in this story. She is determined to be a survivor and does some things that could be described as very questionable. In order for her to get work, she changes her identity and becomes a “boy”, and works as a “Copy Boy” for a newspaper. Jane faces danger and adventure at every turn. Everything seems to be going well until Jane sees a picture that is supposed to be printed in the paper, which can cause drastic consequences for her.
As Jane gets involved with the photographer, and other suspicious characters, she is aware that she has the story of the century, although she might not survive to tell it.
I appreciate the author’s many hours of research and the vivid and descriptive way she tells her story. I would recommend this story for readers who enjoy Historical Fiction.