Title: The Subway Girls
Author: Susie Orman Schnall
Well this was a fun one! I had this pegged as historical fiction (not entirely sure where I got that…) but it was that and quite a bit more. With two storylines, one set in NYC, 1949 and one set in NYC today.
In 1949 we get the pleasure of getting to know Charlotte, an ambitious young college student (soon to be grad) who is just trying to find a way to chase her dreams of a career in a world that thinks she should stay at home until she finds a husband and settles down. Ironically, could the Miss Subways pageant be the answer to her problems?
In 2018 we follow Olivia in her career in advertising, which happens to be hanging by a thread and leaves her with no time or energy to pursue a life outside of work. When she lands the pitch opportunity of her career will the Miss Subways pageant be the answer?
With some fun parallels in the women’s stories and themes of independence, feminism and the value of true love this book was a refreshing delight to read.
I got a chance to check out the audio version of this one as well and I found that the audio paired well and matched the atmosphere of the book. I think you could get just as much out of reading this on though, so I wouldn’t say it’s a Must Listen.
Thank you to BookSparks and St. Martin’s Press for a free copy of this book, while I receive a copy of this book to read and review for free all opinions are my own.