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Review by Suze
It looks like Nora is from a perfect home. Her father is a well-known civil rights lawyer, there's enough money to spend and she has a sister she adores. Only Nora's father might stand up for those who need him in the outside world, but at home he's a tyrant. Nora is afraid of his beatings and she wants to protect her sister Frankie from more life-threatening abuse. When nothing and nobody can protect her and her sister any longer Nora tries to find a way out of her dire situation.
Kettle is a Japanese American seventeen-year-old. It's 1953 and because of the Second World War people don't want to have anything to do with him. He's an orphan and has nowhere to go. He lives on the street, but he's clean, he never steals and he provides food and shelter for a group of kids who need his help. When his best friend gets into a lot of trouble there isn't much he can do to protect him. When Nora and Kettle need help the most their paths coincidentally cross...
Nora & Kettle is an impressive story. It's honest and raw. The abuse is terrible to read about and it made me shed some tears for Nora and Kettle. Sometimes life can be unfair, but Nora and Kettle never stop fighting to make it better. They're strong and independent individually and together they're much more. It takes a while for them to meet, but there's an instant and deep connection. What they're going through is heartbreaking and I couldn't stop reading because I had to find out what would happen to them.
Nora and Kettle are special and I instantly cared about them. I haven't read such a moving story in a long time. It's beautiful and fantastically written. Lauren Nicolle Taylor knows how to write with emotion. The story is sad, but there's also hope. She never makes it too heavy, but she knows how to move her readers. This book made an incredibly strong impression on me and I think it's an absolute must-read. It's an amazing influencing story that will stay with me for a very long time.