The authors that I read growing up feel very safe to me. Even if they don't produce the type of the work I would usually read as an adult, it is a very familiar and comforting place for me to return to.
This is very true of Joy Fielding. As a young teenager, Fielding was my favorite author. I read everything she had written. I even did my final project in English 12 advanced on an extensive comparison of her works.
As an adult, I wouldn't usually pick up this kind of book. But every once in a while I see a Fielding book on a shelf at the store and I have to have. Reading this book
made me feel like a teenager again, reading on my babysitting trips after I'd tucked the kids into bed. I was thrilled to find a throw back to my very favorite Fielding book, Whispers and Lies in this book. "Kidding on the Square" is so wonderfully Fielding.
To use a cliche, I find each and every one of her books to be a "page turner"- and this was no exception. I read this book faster than any book I'd read in a long time. I enjoyed every minute of and couldn't wait to get back to it.
Plot, character development, mood- Fielding does it all effortlessly. A truly enjoyable read, with or without the nostalgia.