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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 (((Download Ebook))) ⇜ Time Enough for Drums ☠ 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 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 Ann Rinaldi has become a household name in YA historical fiction, and this is one of her most acclaimed books It s been on my reading list for some time The year is 1775, and fifteen year old Jemima Emerson is a headstrong young lady She s not a bad child she simply doesn t think before she acts, and Mr John Reid, her tutor and a hated Tory , is determined to turn her into a lady She resists with everything she has.But war has a way of making one grow up Jem s brother, Daniel, fulfills a Ann Rinaldi has become a household name in YA historical fiction, and this is one of her most acclaimed books It s been on my reading list for some time The year is 1775, and fifteen year old Jemima Emerson is a headstrong young lady She s not a bad child she simply doesn t think before she acts, and Mr John Reid, her tutor and a hated Tory , is determined to turn her into a lady She resists with everything she has.But war has a way of making one grow up Jem s brother, Daniel, fulfills a commission under General Washington Her merchant father sacrifices much to supply the army Her mother writes essays under a pseudonym that appear all over the American colonies And her boyfriend, younger brother, and servant all leave to fight Her sister moves away and marries a British officer All these events have consequences Then the dangers of war come directly to Jem s home town of Trenton along with the occupying British army In the meantime, the tutor Jem so despises ends up beingthan he seems.This is a tremendous coming of age story that takes place during the American Revolution, one of my favorite historical time periods There were so many forces at work, so many players, so many changes, and so much at stake It s fascinating Ms Rinaldi does a tremendous job boiling it all down and illustrating how all those factors came to affect one family And the independence theme comes through loud and clear, both on a national level and a personal one.Ms Rinaldi s greatest strength, however, is the strong characters she creates Jem is a complex girl living in a complex time, and John Reid is the perfect counterpoint for her Just like Jem, I couldn t stand him at first But the interaction between them kept me turning pages, even if the romance that develops between them was a bit predictable Their strong bond serves to emphasize the horribleness of war.I would rate Time Enough for Drums in the 12 YA category because of that same horribleness It s not overwhelming, but it s all encompassing War is always terrible, and in this case, the details are probably best left to an older audience It also has a few mild profanities.Highly, highly recommended historical fiction Oh my, this book was so captivating I have read itthan once The time period is amazing, and the plot so exciting I would give this a 10 out of 5 s I thought this was quite good, but felt that the romance between Jem and John Reid resolved too quickly I enjoyed the romantic tension that was sizzling between them at the start but by only about 1 3 of the way through they d declared their love for each other and he d nicked off leaving her pining for him at home, NOT as fun Although on that note, he did seem to enjoy excercising his power over her a LITTLE bit too much, plus the fact that he was nine years older than her and she was only 15 I thought this was quite good, but felt that the romance between Jem and John Reid resolved too quickly I enjoyed the romantic tension that was sizzling between them at the start but by only about 1 3 of the way through they d declared their love for each other and he d nicked off leaving her pining for him at home, NOT as fun Although on that note, he did seem to enjoy excercising his power over her a LITTLE bit too much, plus the fact that he was nine years older than her and she was only 15 at the start a tad offputting However, the history bits were quite interesting and other than those minor issues it was a good easy read.Also I didn t like the picture on the front If that s supposed to be John he looks MUCH too young, and she looks like an 80s bride with a spiral perm There were some great moments in this book I loved how Jemima would, in the middle of a mind rant about how much she hated her tutor John Reid, mention his good looks, or muscular arms He was beastly and I hated him We did geography and French and Latin and sums for four hours while Raymond s letter sat between us..Oh he knew he was handsome, all right He strutted about the room when he lectured on geography or listened to my French and Latin pronunciation, ever aware of the breadth of h There were some great moments in this book I loved how Jemima would, in the middle of a mind rant about how much she hated her tutor John Reid, mention his good looks, or muscular arms He was beastly and I hated him We did geography and French and Latin and sums for four hours while Raymond s letter sat between us..Oh he knew he was handsome, all right He strutted about the room when he lectured on geography or listened to my French and Latin pronunciation, ever aware of the breadth of his shoulders under his well cut coat and the six feet of height that nature had blessed him with.Hoho Unfortunately, there were other times when Reid just seemed controlling, and so much older than Jem Oh well, it s a fun, quick, young adult historical fiction read,concerned with Jem s day to day doings especially concerning John Reid than detailing the War of Independence, but you do pick up interesting facts here and there I finally wrote up a review of this book It s an old favorite I wrote it up for my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing and, it looks reads better there, because all the HTML is viewable Time Enough for Drums is the one of three reasons I decided in 8th grade that it was okay to read and enjoythan murder mysteries Robin McKinley is reason one and two buton that later Because this book is one that I credit with vastly expanding my literary horizons, I m going to tell I finally wrote up a review of this book It s an old favorite I wrote it up for my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing and, it looks reads better there, because all the HTML is viewable Time Enough for Drums is the one of three reasons I decided in 8th grade that it was okay to read and enjoythan murder mysteries Robin McKinley is reason one and two buton that later Because this book is one that I credit with vastly expanding my literary horizons, I m going to tell you that this book is basically amazing 5 stars However, I understand and recognize that if I were to read this for the first time now, I imagine my rating would bealong the lines of pretty awesome 3.5 to 4 stars Time Enough for Drums is enchanting Jemima, Jem our heroine, is a strong, well crafted character Although she is young, she has strong convictions, intense loyalties and a vast capacity for love and other emotions When war breaks out between the colonies and the British, Jem knows which side she ll be rooting for Her and her family and strong patriots who believe in what the colonists Americans are fighting for Imagine the outrage when headstrong 15 year old Jem is forced to suffer through tutoring sessions with that horrid Tory John Reid Although John has been a friend of the family for some time, Jem is none too fond of him He is a strict tutor who demands respect and compliance and tells her what to do Plus, he s a Tory.I ll admit, this book is fairly predictable It isn t terribly hard to figure out some of the major plot points, but in this story, that almost seems irrelevant It doesn t matter that the storyline flows in a relatively straight and predictable manner, because Jem has such a hard time walking along it and that is where we find the great elements of this novel There are also enough offshoots and unexpected moments that the story never feels trite or contrived It is in large part due to those small side routes that we are able to see a true change in Jem from the spoiled and stubborn young 15 year old girl who will abandon her lessons at the drop of a hat or the whinny of her horse into a responsible, mature and determined young woman War changes people It changes some for the better, while bringing out the worst in others Jem is one of the strong ones, truly changed for the positive and I consider myself lucky that I was able to watch her grow and learn what it means to be an adult.Jem finds herself in many tough situations that really challenge her thinking, and force her to evaluate who she is, what she wants from life and what she is willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it Some of the decisions Jem is forced to make are incredibly hard and have the potential to be seriously detrimental to the people she loves and cares for These decisions were handled in an honest and realistic manner that made Jemima s character all thereal.I also believe Rinaldi did a wonderful job contrasting the colonists with the British without turning the British or the British sympathizers into villains or stock characters They were people too standing up for what they believed in, and trying to act as they found best Rinaldi is also a master at knowing just how much information to include She added just enough of the history within the story that I learned something but I never felt overwhelmed by all the details shoved into every single crack and crevice in the story It always makes for awkward reading when you come away with the feeling that the author just had to show off how much research they did This tends to bog the book down heavily and really disrupt the flow of the story There was none of that in this book Rinaldi transports the reader back in time, allowing us to experience life along with Jemima There were moments after reading this book every time where I halfway expected to walk out of my house into the cobblestone streets in my petticoats and bonnet to fetch fresh fruits from the market And I was almost always disappointed when I realize I m a few hundred years late And then I remember indoor plumbing and tic tacs and I m happy again Time Enough for Drums is a story that I connect with on several levels I love Jemima s strong patriotism, her desire to do what she believes to be right and her fierce devotion to those she loves I respect the choices that characters make when they are fighting to preserve what is most dear to them And yes, there s also that part of my that just loves the happy ending.One of the most amazing scenes in this book is when Jemima stands at the bottom of the Courthouse steps listening to community members read the Declaration of Independence Although she doesn t stay for the entire reading sigh what a bummer the emotions of the nameless characters experiencing it with her seep from the pages You can feel the excitement and the energy is almost tangible Perhaps it is because our Independence Day just passed, but at this moment, if I were able to visit one day or one event in history, I would choose to attend one of the readings of the Declaration of Independence It is such an important and decisive moment in American history It means so much to me personally, but I can t even begin to imagine how muchit meant to the people it was written for They felt the bonds of tyranny and this document was the first blow to those chains How powerful would it have been to have listened to those words read for the first time, and truly begun to believe that you could be free.Although it is not the most complex story I ve read about the revolutionary war, nor the most intense, it is one that has stayed with me over the years because of the emotions it invokes It leaves me with a strong feeling of love and support for my country As well as the strong desire to hug my sister and tell her how much I love her Ann Rinaldi was my jam when I was twelve, and this book was my very favorite There was NOTHINGromantic than Jemima and John s scenes together other than maybe Anne and Gilbert , but the story was also dramatic and heart wrenching and multilayered, with complex characters struggling to survive terrible things The family s relationship, pulled apart by war, is so well drawn As a teen, I appreciated that Ms Rinaldi didn t make the period feel sugar coated or romanticized, and it s books Ann Rinaldi was my jam when I was twelve, and this book was my very favorite There was NOTHINGromantic than Jemima and John s scenes together other than maybe Anne and Gilbert , but the story was also dramatic and heart wrenching and multilayered, with complex characters struggling to survive terrible things The family s relationship, pulled apart by war, is so well drawn As a teen, I appreciated that Ms Rinaldi didn t make the period feel sugar coated or romanticized, and it s books like this that made me want to study history I loved revisiting this 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