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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
On a drizzly, blustery day in January of 1942, four young Mello brothers, from Woburn, Massachusetts, hop aboard a Boston & Maine Budd Liner and head into Boston for one last fling before shipping off to fight in the Second World War. In a bar called The Red Hat, they meet two brothers, Joe and Jack Kennedy. I liked the way Instant Friends: A Rainy Day in Boston with JFK by Dan Ferullo started. I don't generally care for flashbacks and I was a little confused at the beginning when the story starts with JFK getting shot, but I liked how this opening tied the whole story together. JFK was going to be an important character and I liked knowing that he was coming into the story. I love historical fiction and anything based around facts and dates is a great idea. So with a great story about bar hopping on the last night of their freedom, and JFK coming into the story at some point as well, I was certainly intrigued. I couldn't wait to turn the pages to find out how this all played out together.
I also liked the witty dialogue and banter between the characters, particularly when Breana was involved. I found myself pinging right along with all of the sarcasm and wit, apology and toe stepping, and almost forgot that I was reading a fictional story and not sitting in the bar myself, eavesdropping on the conversation. The dialogue just felt so natural and normal, and also was educational when it came to some of the political ideas of the different characters.