A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Some minor characters speak disrespectfully of Crispus Attucks, the black man killed in the Boston Massacre. The main character defies authority to sneak out at night and visit a prisoner.
Violence & Scariness
Mildly describes the Boston Massacre.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few references to women being "in circumstances," meaning "pregnant." Matthew's sexual frustration is hinted at.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a romance with the Boston Massacre as a backdrop.
Is It Any Good?
Ann Rinaldi has been tempting teenagers to read romances and learn some real history for over a decade; this doesn't stand out as her best effort, but it's a useful book. Rinaldi often writes in sentence fragments. The deliberately choppy writing style slows the pace of the book, but Rachel's inner struggle for independence still holds many readers' attention.
Rinaldi devotes most of the book to Rachel's evolving thinking. Except for a few riots, the incidents culminating in the Boston Massacre don't occur until more than halfway into the story. Rachel, Boston, the Revolution, romance, and the concept of independence dominate the story. Rachel's movement toward her own liberty mirrors the evolution of the "plain Americans."
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