by Catherine Marshall
448 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by Jennie

Beautifully told story, but with some graphic moments.


Uprooted in the middle of the Depression, Julie Wallace must learn to cope with the surprising turns that life takes. Her father opens a newspaper in an industrial town. An aspiring writer, Julie discovers much about herself, her faith, and her new town. But when disaster strikes, will her home survive?


Ultimately this is a coming of age story. Most of the characters are upright individuals. Several business owners are profoundly indifferent to the conditions of their workers. Most are trying to live a Christian life. One character, Randolph, is deceptive and fliratatious.

Spiritual Content

This story has much to do with faith. Julie is searching for meaning to her faith, and though she struggles at times, it is always her guiding light. The Holy Spirit is explained.


The disaster is described in detail and is an intense part of the book. Several hundred die as well as some known characters as a result of it. Towards the end of the book several characters go off to fight in World War II.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Some characters are shown drinking alcoholic beverages but nothing more then a reference is made.

Sexual Content

Julie has several love interests throughout the book. She kisses several of them at different points but it is all pretty chaste. During the disaster characters are stripped naked by the flood. A man who attacks a shop is hinted at having very poor intentions toward Julie.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

There is no swearing from the main characters and it is very mild from others. Randolph and Julie deceive her parents.


'Julie' is a coming of age story that should resonate well with many Christian teens. Though she struggles at time, Julie never looses sight of her faith. There are some moments that get pretty intense though never horribly graphic. However it is a story that will have a lasting effect on readers.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 13+

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