A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Betty Smith

fiction classics literary emotional hopeful reflective slow-paced

493 pages | first published 1943

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A PBS Great American Read Top 100 PickA special 75th anniversary edition of the beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the twentieth century. From the moment she entered the world, Francie Nolan needed to be mad...
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Summary of 12645 reviews

Moods

emotional 79%
reflective 74%
hopeful 63%
inspiring 50%
sad 33%
funny 15%
lighthearted 11%
relaxing 11%
challenging 9%
informative 6%
adventurous 5%
dark 4%
tense 2%

Pace

slow 57%
medium 38%
fast 3%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 84% | A mix: 12% | Plot: 2%

Strong character development?

Yes: 93% | It's complicated: 3% | No: 2%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 89% | It's complicated: 9% | No: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 64% | Yes: 21% | It's complicated: 11% | N/A: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 51% | No: 25% | It's complicated: 21% | N/A: 1%

Average rating

4.28

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