Just Patty (1911) by Jean Webster ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is a delightful book. It is a book that makes a girl like me dreamy for youth and how it might have been to live happily in a boarding school over 100 years ago.
Just Patty is the tale of life in the last year at a girl’s boarding school and the antics of Patty and her roommates Conny and Priscilla. It’s definitely a book for girls, just as much as Hector’s Inheritance was a book for boys, although I believe that both can be enjoyed equally if one gave them the chance.
It starts with Patty, Conny, and Priscilla, who are sweet, bright, and popular. They are shocked to find that when they arrived at the school for their final year after summer break, the powers that be had tried to separate them, meaning that they would not be roommates this year! This could not, and would not, be! Not if Patty had anything to do with it! Their playful, innocently applied antics get them out of that scrape, as it does many other times in this lovely, well written book.
This author also wrote Daddy Long Legs, the book which the Mary Pickford film was based on. There was also a 1955 film adaptation with Fred Astaire.
I also just found out that this is a prequel to a book called When Patty Went To College. That name seems very familiar to me, and I’m wondering if I’ve seen it in my antique shop before!
Reading about her, Jean Webster was apparently Mark Twain’s grandniece!! I find that very interesting, because I think Mark Twain is hilarious and witty, and love him so.
I need more of this. I think that’s all I have to say. 🙂