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Sixteen year old Jem and her servant struggle to keep things going at home in Trenton, New Jersey, when the family men join the war for independence from the British king I LOVED this book All thanks to dear Kelsey, who gave it to me as a wonderful birthday present It was such a refreshing breeze to be able to read a really good book after the last two I read, which were both pretty poor But Time Enough For Drums was excellent Ann Rinaldi did an AWESOME job of making it suspenseful and dramatic and romantic too I would highly recommend it This was an excellent read Yes, I didn t 100%, completely approve of the romance here but you know what In the end, that hardly MATTERED Because, as with all Ann Rinaldi booksthis is about so muchthan just romance This is why she s my favorite historical fiction author She takes what most other writers would just make a conventional love story, and she crams in so much.Such as Rich, realistic family dynamics I absolutely loved Jem s relationships with both her par This was an excellent read Yes, I didn t 100%, completely approve of the romance here but you know what In the end, that hardly MATTERED Because, as with all Ann Rinaldi booksthis is about so muchthan just romance This is why she s my favorite historical fiction author She takes what most other writers would just make a conventional love story, and she crams in so much.Such as Rich, realistic family dynamics I absolutely loved Jem s relationships with both her parents Let s hear it for strong parent child bonds in YA fiction, am I right They were stern with her and believe me, she needed it but they struck a good balance between sternness and understanding They allowed her room to grow And they continually challenged her mind forcing her to think through her own actions and reactions and the consequences thereof Especially her dad Man, I loved him 3 Intellectual debate at the breakfast table for the WIN Which made it all theimpactful when view spoiler her father was murdered, and her mother essentially shut herself off from the world because she felt so responsible Likesir, I think I am having an emotion And when Jem came to confront her mom about everything that had happened, and her mom sat her down and explained that sometimes, when you re an adult, you come to a place where you have NO GOOD CHOICES, but you still have to choose Yiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiikes That scene was masterfully done, ladies and gentlemen I am in awe hide spoiler Jem s relationship with her brother Daniel was fabulous, too I loved Daniel he was plain and matter of fact and kind Good man hugs him The nuanced balanced portrayal of complex historical circumstances This is where Ann Rinaldi shines like no other author I know especially in her Revolutionary War stories She never pretends that the Patriots in her books have some kind of automatic moral high ground over the Tories or the British no, she makes them WORK for it They have to prove that they re good people They don t get a free pass just for being Americans And she forces her characters to confront their own moral inconsistencies, too Jem spends most of the book declaiming about FREEDOM and JUSTICE, yet is thoughtlessly carelessly hostile towards her family s slave, Lucy whom her parents are working hard to free, by the way It is only towards the climax, as she matures, that Jem finally begins to understand why Lucy s freedom is every bit as important as her own without Lucy, the Revolution itself is meaningless It s a very powerful moment I Very Much Approved nods The story s strong, yet subtle theme, encapsulated in the title, Time Enough for Drums It s hard to explain exactly what this means if you haven t read the story but trust me, it s really important And I was very inspired 3 The beautiful flashes of description throughout Rinaldi isn t one to flood you with sensory details but when she does slip a few in she makes them count I am a fan Now, I suppose I should address the romance itself Because this is the one area I wasn t totally cool with It s a student teacher relationship Which bugs me Because I work as a teacher and we re Not Allowed To Do That Nor should we be allowed to do that it s an abuse of power and lends itself to all kinds of nastiness Stay safe, kids Seriously Howeverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, given what I know of this particular time period Colonial era it seems people then didn t necessarily have the same view of student teacher relationships as we do now In this story, the girl s parents are actually subtly encouraging the match, once the girl technically becomes of age 16 Which, I believe, is a pretty realistic depiction Especially since the guy was roughly on the same social footing as the girl s family maybe SLIGHTLY lower But not low enough for there to be class based objections, as there would have been in a super rich family who hired a tutor of much lowlier station Etc Now on to the specifics of the relationship itself THE CHEMISTRY WAS REALLY STRONG I m just gonna go ahead and admit that Even with all the above reasons for disapproval, I was reading through some of these scenes and murmuring to myself, dang it, I ship them Personality wise, Jem and John Reid were essentially a perfect match, and that s a fact Both pretty headstrong, and sorta kinda arrogant, but they both had firm internal principles and cared very much about Doing Right In their own ways And the Romantic Tension in all their banter and sparring was very real very palpable Sarcasm galore It was good stuff, I m not gonna lie Also, when he kissed her for the first time, I had feelings I just couldn t help it DARN YOU, ANN RINALDI Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuteven with all thatI still firmly believe that it would ve been much better if they had waited to Confess Their Love until she was let s say 18 or 19, instead of 16 And yes, I am very much aware that 16 and 24 was considered a normal age dynamic for the time period but here s the thing At 16, Jem was still super immature Childish and impulsive and irrational and the rest of it She may have technically been seen as an adult in their society but the fact remains that she WAS NOT AN ADULT by any mental standard and nobody knew that better than the man who was assigned to tutor her, John Reid Because HE S the one who s constantly putting up with her immaturity and all the problems it creates So what happens is, for several years there at the beginning of their romantic relationship, he s still periodically slipping back into that teacher role and exercising a teacher s authority over her, and that aspect of it did make me profoundly uncomfortable Because that s not an equal partnership And if Jem s not ready for an equal partnership yetwell, I would argue she s not ready for ANY partnership, period I still ship em in the end, though When they re both older That One Sceneit wasit wasburies head in hands and squeals very quietly That s the thing about Rinaldi she s super good at conveying passion without it being over the top or cheesy in any way I want to write like that, one day 3 Overall, this was an excellent historical drama, and I highly recommend it as long as the reader understands that the whole student teacher aspect is very much a Don t Try This At Home thing I loved reading it and I am so very grateful to the wonderful friend who sent me this book as a Christmas present hugs friend I didn t get far into this book, only 17% before I decided to just drop it I see a lot of people liking it, but I don t share that with them Usually if a book grips me from the first chapter, even first page, I m going to continue reading it obviously , however here nothing griped me I read it and it felt distant, that probably has something to do with the narration which was too simplistic for my liking It doesn t help that I found the main character, Jemima, a tad annoying or maybe her ag I didn t get far into this book, only 17% before I decided to just drop it I see a lot of people liking it, but I don t share that with them Usually if a book grips me from the first chapter, even first page, I m going to continue reading it obviously , however here nothing griped me I read it and it felt distant, that probably has something to do with the narration which was too simplistic for my liking It doesn t help that I found the main character, Jemima, a tad annoying or maybe her age has something to with it I understand having your opinion about something someone and sticking by it, but openly, and repeatedly, accusing people because they don t share your believes didn t sit right with me Also the part where she says if she was her father she would never set Lucy free, a slave in their household, made me dislike her so much and she said it solely because Lucy told her to get ready Such a childish behavior.And, of course, there s that tutor student thing I don t like it And with tutor student thing comes age difference I so don t like it.As I haven t read many works that have old English pronouns I wonder why I found it difficult to concentrate on reading those parts as it really stood out to me It appeared as there were too many pronouns in a dialogue Almost perfect young adult historical fiction.Amazingly good historical accuracy Reading this book with author s note you can be sure you weren t misled In another word, it could be an interesting addition or introduction to a lesson about American Revolutionary War for teenagers, especially for girls.The storytelling was engaging There was no place for boredom.Likable and rather complex characters.A charming love story.Nice and wise messages for not only young people And in that moment I Almost perfect young adult historical fiction.Amazingly good historical accuracy Reading this book with author s note you can be sure you weren t misled In another word, it could be an interesting addition or introduction to a lesson about American Revolutionary War for teenagers, especially for girls.The storytelling was engaging There was no place for boredom.Likable and rather complex characters.A charming love story.Nice and wise messages for not only young people And in that moment I possessed and lost the whole world and everything in it and was left with the feeling and the knowledge, which is love, that no matter how we give ourselves we always end up losing That to love is to lose, the moment we agree to the bargain And that, being human, we keep standing there wanting to lose Because I had already resolved that if you re afraid of love, your heart will break anyway, only in not half so nice a fashion as it does when you let somebody love you.It was a really good example of the genre But, it was a tiny difference, there was something or there was lacking something that didn t make it an amazing novel of the genre to me like e.g Cluny Brown, Daddy Long Legs, I Capture the Castle or A Northern Light.For , I recommend the review by Katie Hanna.PS I am going to readby Ann Rinaldi