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Mary Jane

By Jessica Anya Blau


311 pages

What’s it about?

This coming of age story takes place in Baltimore during the mid 1970’s.  Mary Jane is hired to be the summer babysitter for 5-year-old Izzy Cone, who just moved in down the street.  This family is far different from her own family.  Mary Jane soon finds herself growing in ways she never dreamed of.

What did it make me think about?

Being a teenager in the 1970’s.

Should I read it?

This book brought back so many memories- and just made me smile.  What a fun, easy read!  It took me back to babysitting for 50 cents and hour, playing with toddlers, cleaning lots of kitchens, and eating other people’s junk food while talking on the phone after the kids went to bed- the freedom of it all!  Unfortunately I did not get to meet rock stars and I could never sing- but I could still relate… Jessica Anya Blau writes about this time in life so well.  Definitely pick this book up!


“My mother, who had known everything about me since birth- what I ate, when I slept, who my friends were, what music I listened to, and what books I read- suddenly had a stranger at her table.  But I was the only one who was aware of the change.”

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