Title: Allegra in Three Parts
Authors: Daniel, Suzanne
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 294
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: Eleven-year-old Allegra has her work cut out for her keeping the adults in her life happy. There are her two grandmothers; flamboyant and free-spirited Joy and the stern and practical Matilde. And then there's Rick, her surfer dad. For as much as they all love Allegra, they can't abide each other, and she is forced to navigate the tricky dynamics stemming from a family history she is yet to discover.

Set in a 1970s Australia that thoughtfully reflects the feminism of the era, this is an engaging coming-of-age story narrated by the endearing Allegra. [Larger font]
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Feminism, Grief/loss, Humour, Relationships, Uplifting, Australia, 2021 Titles


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By: PUKEKO 001 2021-11-03 16:15:58
Most of our group found this an enjoyable read. The story was fresh and the characters interesting. The themes resonated with many of us , especially those who grew up in the seventies. Some readers felt that is was written with a light touch, perhaps aimed at young adults.

By: AUCK 360 2021-10-22 14:12:15
Several really enjoyed this book with its beautiful sentences. Others thought it was too simple - too many themes. Written more for young adults, and needed more depth. Good but not earth shattering. Lovely Australian feel.

By: BLENH 022 2021-09-20 14:35:34
We all enjoyed the book. The viewpoint of Allegra was well drawn and a very authentic voice of a child. The grandmothers were equally delightful in their extremes, while the fact that Dad was held at a distance was quite poignant. Differing ages found separate issues to to touch each person in the group. We felt it was very easy book to read, and something more challenging would have received a higher rating.

By: DUNED 015 2021-09-15 10:34:41
We met on Zoom, and had a great discussion of the issues raised by this book. Divided opinions over its writing quality, but all agreed it got us thinking.

By: UPHU 007 2021-09-10 11:38:19
An easy to read book, enjoyed by most. The three influences on Allegra were interesting and thought provoking. Some found the ending lost their attention.

By: AUCK 432 2021-08-25 09:59:54
Most of us really enjoyed this book. We had quite a good discussion on various aspects. Found it interesting to have the story told from the point of view of an 11 year old.

By: AUCK 355 2021-08-09 14:35:31
Loved this book. Easy read.

By: CHCH 312 2021-01-20 11:21:39
An enjoyable story that we could relate to. Interesting, strong female characters. Heartwarming.

By: AUCK 302 2020-09-22 14:54:24
Loved by everyone - an easier read. Gorgeous story.

By: CHCH 337 2020-07-17 14:47:04
Easy read, young adult. Touched on many topics of the time. More development of themes required.

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