Sandy Drue is ten years old. When she finds a typewriter in her father’s office she begins churning out pages and pages about her life and what it means to be a young girl in America at this time. Filled with scattered stories and adventures, the novel takes us through the turmoil’s of America – the Watergate Scandal, economic fragility to name but a few – as well as the turmoil’s of growing up.
This is a really interesting novel, and is pretty much completely different from anything I have ever read before. The book is almost like a series of short stories, except they all focus on one little girl and her life. As the title suggests there are stories about racing, about dares and danger as well as family, politics, education and pretty much everything in between.
I found this a really enjoyable read, it really showcases what it is to grow up in 1970s America, I imagine if you were born in that time period, this book would be extra special to you. Although I was born twenty odd years later, I still see a lot of similarities to my upbringing, and that definitely brought a smile to my face. One thing about Mailbox is that it is full of emotion, one story might make you laugh out loud, while the next will bring you to tears.
This is not the sort of book that I read often. Predominantly my interests lie in the fantasy genre, but it was nice just to read a book about real life, and characters that are extraordinary, but not because they have magical powers or abilities.The book is incredibly well written, and it’s so interesting to see the subtle little conversations that ultimately shape Sandy into the adult she is.
As a character I absolutely loved Sandy, she always questions things, she’s inquisitive and intelligent, and she makes the same blunders we all do growing up. It was a pleasure to be inside her head and see things from her perspective. Mailbox is a very powerful read, and one that I think stays with you even after you’ve finished reading it. If you’re looking for a break from the swords and magic, Mailbox might be exactly what you’re looking for.