At the beginning of Up a Road Slowly, Julie’s mother dies. It is decided that she will go live with her Aunt Cordelia, a spinster schoolteacher that lives out in the boonies. This section reminded me a lot of something L.M. Montgomery would write (think Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon). Julie had to get used to living in a different place and starting at a different school – you know the drill. Also, speaking of Anne Shirley, Julie totally punched a guy when he tried to kiss her! YOU GO GIRL.There is so much young girl angst and melodrama as Up a Road Slowly progresses – Julie is pretty self-centered as all girls are, and makes some majorly bone-headed moves. Irene Hunt definitely nailed the realistic coming of age portrayal. The story starts when she is 7 and ends when she is 18 – so there definitely is a lot of character growth and development packed into the story.For the rest of the review? Check it out on my blog!