Circle Of Friends Book Summary and Study Guide

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This coming of age novel from the pen of Maeve Binchy is delightful. As young Benny Hogan grows into young adulthood, she finds a friend in Eve, an orphan raised by nuns in the local convent.
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Together she and Eve leave home for Dublin to attend college although Benny's overprotective parents force her to return home each evening on the bus.

First year college romances arrive for both Benny and Eve. Despite overcoming many obstacles in gaining a foothold as an adult, Benny Hogan gathers a circle of friends. She learns about loss, about first love, and about lasting happiness that comes from within.
The review of this Book prepared by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

A funny, but insecure overweight girl and an orphan (raised in a convent) grow up in a small Irish town together as best friends, and then leave to Dublin to attend the University. There they make new friends only to learn the pain of trusting too much, and looking inthe wrong places for relationships.
The review of this Book prepared by Rachel Blumenfeld

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Irish Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   college Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   orphan story Loving/sexing?    -   guy chasing

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Irish


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Ireland City?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   Boob talk! Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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