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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
In 1968, Lia Benedict's Italian-born father and his brother, Joe, sell their Brooklyn-based business, Jo-Fran Refreshments, and Frank Benedict moves his family to a New Jersey town for a better, safer life. Lia's older sister, Tina, is marrying, but Lia and her younger siblings, brother Frankie and sisters Lana and Joanna still live at home and learn to adapt to life in the suburbs. Lia becomes friends with Darla Reed, then finds steadier friends in Linda and Brenda. She begins to live her teenage life and starts a romance with local boy Jesse Carlisle. Darla goes off to Woodstock and to a "hippie" style of life while Lia maintains her "good girl" style of life under the watchful eyes of her parents, Frank and Marie Benedict. Jesse is caught with two local "bad" boys who deface the local pork store and is faced with jail time or joining the Army. He chose the Army and is sent to Germany, Japan and finally Panama and gradually loses touch with Lia even though he loves her. Then Lia's father suddenly dies and the Benedict family begins to fall apart. Lia looks for romance with Vic Somers, Darla's old flame, but will romances help Lia find her way in life?
"Just Another Sunday" tells of the late 1960's and the importance to teenagers of family life, of each other and of the music from popular musicians and groups of that era such as Robert Plant, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Stones, and Martha and the Vandellas. Lia Benedict is a great main character as she makes her way in life through death and romances that never worked out as they should. Secondary characters such as Jesse, Darla, Lia's brothers and sisters and her parents are well-created and believable with their imperfections and shortcomings. Author Elizabeth Good has a story to tell of how coming of age is rarely easy and she writes that story very well. "Just Another Sunday" is a great book for readers everywhere.