When I read Daddy-Long-Legs for the first time last year, someone told me that they liked the sequel, Dear Enemy, even better. I don't remember anymore who that was, but I thought to myself, "That's silly. How could anyone possibly like another book better than Daddy-Long-Legs?"
Well, turns out I was the silly one. Because I liked Dear Enemy better myself.
While Daddy-Long-Legs focuses on a girl growing up into a young woman, Dear Enemy focuses on a young woman growing from being shallow and frivolous into useful and capable. Judy from DLL asks her college friend Sallie to take over running the John Grier Home (orphanage) that Judy grew up in -- just for a year, until they find someone to manage it permanently. Sallie goes from finding this kind of a diverting exercise in chasing away boredom to being wholeheartedly devoted to caring for a hundred children and making their lives better.
And while a person's journey to adulthood tends to interest me, a person's journey from self-centered to devoted to caring for others fascinates and inspires me. No wonder I loved this book! Toss in a crusty Scottish doctor and lots of laugh-out-loud funny adventures and yup, I was hooked good.
Particularly Good Bits:
Has he committed some remorseful crime, or is his taciturnity due merely to his natural Scotchness? he's as companionable as a granite tombstone! (p. 141)
I can now sleep through the night without being afraid that my babies are being inefficiently murdered (p. 149).
The more I study men, the more I realize that they are nothing in the world but big boys grown too big to be spankable (p. 215).
You never know what is going on in a perfectly respectable-looking child's pocket (p. 241).
Isn't it funny how the nicest men often choose the worst wives, and the nicest women the worst husbands? Their very niceness, I suppose, makes them blind and unsuspicious (p. 265).
If This Was a Movie, I Would Rate It: G. Clean and sweet and fresh and fun.
This is my 25th book read and reviewed for The Classics Club. I'm halfway done!!!