Even before written history, stories have brought people of all generations together. We all remember spending time with our families and listening to the old stories. These types of tales have always peaked my interest and was one of the main reasons why I was able to read the Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline so quickly. This novel can be shared by both young and old and will dive you into the past of the early 1900's.  

GoodReads Synopsis: 

Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayers knows she has one last chance. Just months from "aging out" of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse. 

Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As Molly helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children who's destinies would be determined by luck and chance. 

The closer Molly grows to Vivian, the more she discovers parallels to her own life. A Penobscot Indian, she, too, is an outsider being raised by strangers, and she too, has unanswered questions about the past. As her emotional barriers begin to crumble, Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answer to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life - answers that will ultimately free them both. 

What I loved most about this book was it being such an easy read. You could just so easily relate to the characters and not really have to sit there and over think everything. The characters were all very well thought out and I felt like I was living their life as I flipped through the pages of the book. Especially in the parts about Vivian's past. I felt like she was a much more relatable character than Molly. Molly was sort of a punk throughout the whole novel with weird piercings and styles that I really couldn't get behind. I am not sure if that is something Kline put in the novel on purpose to give Molly more of an edgy, I don't have to do what the world says because the world has screwed me look or if that was just something she liked. I felt that this really put a barrier between me liking the character of Molly as much. 

I did, however, love the Orphan Train concept. As I never knew that it was a part of our history in the United States. It is surprising that things like this just get skimmed over in our history classes. I can't wait to read more books by Kline in the future. Overall, I gave this book a 4 out of 5. It was a great story line but definitely had some flaws. 


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