Book Tour (REVIEW): Copy Boy by Shelley Blanton-Stroud

Join Us For This Tour from August 24 to September 18, 2020BOOK DETAILS:
Series Title: COPY BOY by Shelley Blanton-Stroud
Category: AdultFiction (18+)
Genre: Noir, Historical Mystery, Literary
Publisher: She Writes Press
Release dates: June 23, 2020
Content Rating:
PG-13 + M. The book includes: the F-word 7 times, the word “g–dammit” 4 times, and one violent fight in the beginning.

Book Description:

Jane’s
a very brave boy. And a very difficult girl. She’ll become a remarkable
woman, an icon of her century, but that’s a long way off. Not my fault,
she thinks, dropping a bloody crowbar in the irrigation ditch after
Daddy. She steals Momma’s Ford and escapes to Depression-era San
Francisco, where she fakes her way into work as a newspaper copy boy.
Everything’s looking up. She’s climbing the ladder at the paper, winning
validation, skill, and connections with the artists and thinkers of her
day. But then Daddy reappears on the paper’s front page, his arm around
a girl who’s just been beaten into a coma one block from Jane’s
newspaper―hit in the head with a crowbar. Jane’s got to find Daddy
before he finds her, and before everyone else finds her out. She’s got
to protect her invented identity. This is what she thinks she wants.
It’s definitely what her dead brother wants.

MY REVIEW
I received a copy for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation made for this review.
Set in the Depression Era, Copy Boy is a new look at feminism, finding your voice, and the struggles society from all around go through. It follows the life of Jane who poses as her long dead twin brother in order to find a job and make a name for herself. In the midst of this struggle, there is a mixture of mystery and corruption that she has to deal with.

What I found interesting about this book is the different types of women and their own inner power struggles. We have Jane, a young woman who has no real prospect but a lot of ambition and drive. There is her mother, a woman willing to do anything and bide her time to get what she wants. There is the girl who Jane moves in with and the other woman who takes her in and guides her through the California city backdrop. Every female character has their own motivations and actions that at first you feel are just that, but if you look at this book with a feminist lens, you start to see a pattern that coincides with society’s view of the female gender.

I found the story itself to be a bit slow, but there was still a level and value of entertainment involved. There are moments that the writing style is almost poetic, but it doesn’t feel out of place or pull away the reader from the book. This is a book I’d like to reread with a theoretical mindset.

Meet the Author:Shelley Blanton-Stroud grew up in California’s Central Valley, the daughter of
Dust Bowl immigrants who made good on their ambition to get out of the
field. She teaches college writing in Northern California and consults
with writers in the energy industry. She co-directs Stories on Stage
Sacramento, where actors perform the stories of established and emerging
authors, and serves on the advisory board of 916 Ink, an arts-based
creative writing nonprofit for children. She has also served on the
Writers’ Advisory Board for the Belize Writers’ Conference. Copy Boy is
her first novel, and she’s currently working on her second. She also
writes and publishes flash fiction and non-fiction, which you can find
at such journals as Brevity and Cleaver. She and her husband live in
Sacramento with an aging beagle and many photos of their out-of-state
sons.Connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ bookbub
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Aug 25 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 26 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 27 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 28 – Reading Authors Network – book review / giveaway
Aug 28 – PuzzlePaws Blog – audiobook review / giveaway
Aug 31 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Sep 1 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Sep 2 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 2 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Sep 3 – She Just Loves Books – audiobook review / giveaway
Sep 4 –Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 7 – Svetlanas reads and views – book review
Sep 8 – 100 Pages A Day – book review / giveaway
Sep 9 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
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Sep 10 – Books for Books – audiobook review
Sep 11 – Hall Ways Blog – audiobook review / giveaway
Sep 14 – Amy’s Booket List – audiobook review / giveaway
Sep 15 – Casia’s Corner – book review
Sep 16 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review / author interview / giveaway
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