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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
'“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The road to popularity is paved with pompoms.” My mother’s exact words as she dropped me off for my first day of high school.’ While her sister DeeDee is busy being the perfect student of social approval, Angie is stuck in the crossfire between the 1960s reforms and ideologies of racism and the Viet Nam conflict. As Angie attempts to find her niche as a high school newspaper reporter, her eyes are opened to the vastness of world female possibilities, all the while trying to soothe her mother’s expectations. Looks aren’t everything, regardless of how hard her friends push that stigma. While Angie struggles with her feelings about dating the big man on campus, Craig Anderson, she also realizes that being true to oneself matters much, much more than being arm candy in return for social acceptance.
A Daffodil for Angie by Connie Lacy is an important story written with strong words of concern about a period in our US history that to this day is full of controversy. Author Connie Lacy is relentless in depicting the vivid emotions of southern perceptions of racism, Viet Nam, sexual confusion, and gender equality in this coming of age novel. As an adult reader, I see the emotional and intellectual growth of the main character. I believe the teen reader will respect the candor with which the author presents this page-turner. A Daffodil for Angie is, without a doubt, the must-read novel of the year. Connie Lacy obviously understands the teenage psyche.