|Plot Summary of Circle Of Friends|
|"A funny, but insecure overweight girl and an orphan (raised in a convent) grow up in a small Irish town together as best friends, and then leave to Dublin to attend the University. There they make new friends only to learn the pain of trusting too much, and looking inthe wrong places for relationships."
Rachel Blumenfeld, Resident Scholar
|"This coming of age novel from the pen of Maeve Binchy is delightful. As young Benny Hogan grows into young adulthood, she finds a friend in Eve, an orphan raised by nuns in the local convent.
Together she and Eve leave home for Dublin to attend college although Benny's overprotective parents force her to return home each evening on the bus.
First year college romances arrive for both Benny and Eve. Despite overcoming many obstacles in gaining a foothold as an adult, Benny Hogan gathers a circle of friends. She learns about loss, about first love, and about lasting happiness that comes from within."
Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Circle Of Friends|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Kids growing up/acting up?
Inside culture (main char)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
Age group of kid(s) in story:
Parents/lack of parents problem?
- orphan story
- guy chasing
- a teen
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
- descript. of female anat. (the big B's)
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
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