Maggie’s Choice
Jean Lutz
Historical Fiction
Courtney Green

Maggie’s Choice takes place in the late 1600’s. During the late 1600’s English settlers needed more workers for farms and such, so they started to bring slaves over to America to help them with their work. Most of the slaves were African American. Many people wanted to have slaves to do their work for them. People paid to get a slave. All of the richest people had them. Also, there were some people who were revivalist. Revivalists were frowned upon in their society. People made fun of them, and if you were associated with any of them, you became an outcast. Basically, you were excommunicated from the community. Everybody hated you. The revivalists were supposed to have been wild people who didn't respect religion.
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My book, Maggie’s Choice, takes place in Boston, Massachusetts. There is one time when Maggie takes a trip to Salem with her friend Susannah, but for a short amount of time. The story goes on for about a year. It’s stretched out from early fall to late spring. My main character spends a great deal of her time at the Clarkes’ manor. The Clarkes’ house is a huge, brightly lit place. It has a ball room, a sitting room, and, Maggie’s favorite, the nursery. When she’s not at the Clarkes’, Maggie, unwillingly, is at her own home. The Allerton home is nothing like the Clarkes’. They live in a small, worn down, wooden, one-story cottage. It’s small and cramped, so Maggie hates it there. Then, the house in Salem is a manchin that’s 10 times as big and grand as the Clarkes’. There are over 100 rooms, and they have a dining room as big as a ballroom. There’s a beautiful little garden, full of roses and tulips. Also, they have a little stone bench, carved with great detail. This is Maggie’s favorite place to be in the entire house.

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My main character is Maggie Allerton. Maggie wants people to like her. She always tries her hardest to make sure that Susannah and Dancy like her. She wants to impress them. Maggie wants to have a life of luxury. You can tell, as you progress through the story, that she wants to live a life like her friends. She isn’t happy with her life. And she lets everyone know it. But, really, she is a nice person. (This is where she differs from her friends.) Maggie is always trying to help people, and her friends, Susannah and Dancy, give her tons of crap about it. She doesn’t like slavery at all and is very upset about Susannah for getting a slave. (Though, at first, she was jealous.) But, her friends do.

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There are many important secondary characters in this story. Susannah is essential to the story. She’s the one who opens Maggie’s eyes to all of the problems out in the world (Even if it was unintentional). Dr. Allerton is an important character, also. (Mainly because he is Maggie’s father) But also because he gives her all of the things that she needs to succeed, even if she was a snot while trying to get it. And he also is the one who brings Maggie to Annie and her dying mother. Annie is a homeless girl. Her Uncle Sam is probably the most important of all of the secondary characters. He owns all of the ships that are bringing back the slaves from Africa. So the secondary characters are absolutely essential to the story.

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In the past, my main character’s mother has died, and her dad got a nanny, who is a revivalist. Maggie spends a lot of her time with her new friends, but then her friend Susannah gets a slave. The slave, Melee, gets sick and Maggie tries to care for her, and she and Susannah get into a fight over it. So, then her dad, the doctor, has to bring her to the house, but, unfortunately, Melee dies. Because of that, Maggie decides to become a revivalist; because they did all that they could to help her, when the church would do nothing to help her at all. (They don’t care what happens to a slave.) The only reason that the Clarkes care, is so they don’t have to get a new one.

This book is not very interesting. I didn’t like this book because it was pointless. Basically, it just goes through a daily life about 100 times over. This book was very boring! It’s just a daily routine. There’s no twist, which is what gives a story character. It is a very short book that ends the same way that it starts out. (It’s worse than reading a text book). And lastly this book was poorly thought out. It has an extremely dumb storyline. The author gave me absolutely no detail. She lived, they died, the end! Apparently, it was the end of Jean Lutz’s thought process, too.

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