25 books to read when you feel like the world is falling apart – Modern Mrs Darcy
25 books to read when you feel like the world is falling apart.
Tray tells Gram toe socks are a stupid fad. A lot of the preppy girls are wearing them with buffalo sandals. Tray dreams of being a fashion designer one day.
Tray usually hates wearing Gram's hand-sewn clothes, but she's getting desperate. She really wants some bell bottoms, so maybe Gram could sew them for her, under Tray's guidance. My mom didn't sew, but my best friend's mother used to buy these Simplicity patterns.
It's only 1975, but people are already gearing up for the big 1976 Bicentennial celebration!
Tray's favorite singer is Rod Stewart. She plays vinyl albums on her record player, listening to "Every Picture Tells A Story," and she and Gram sing "Maggie May" together. She gets upset when she grabs the needle and scratches a favorite album.
Tray has a crush on a cute boy in her class, Rodney, who longs to own a Corvette. She's in the car with him and his dad when they see a 1970 Corvette pass by. This vintage ad is actually for a 1970 Corvette!
No one in Tray's family plays the lottery. One day, however, a friend of Tray's dad buys him a ticket as a gift, and what do you know... Who hasn't wondered what it might be like to come into sudden wealth? I know I have. But what comes with it?
Tray's grandmother is one of the most important influences of her childhood years. Mine was too. I miss her every day.
Tray is 14 in 1975, the year before the country turns 200.
Tray's dad worries that Tray reads too much and misses out. But don't we all need to escape the sometimes harsh realities of our lives? Jane Eyre blew me away the first time I read it. It still does.
Things fall apart for Tray and her family. Extreme highs can precede extreme lows, especially if you suffer bipolar disease, as Tray's mom does.
Pee Wee thinks he deserves a share of the lottery money. After all, he bought the ticket.
Tray loves to read! This is the book Tray is reading at the beginning of Chapter 1. I loved this novel when I was Tray's age.