Deadly By Julie Chibbaro


Prudence Galewski doesn’t belong in Mrs. Browning’s esteemed School for Girls. She doesn’t want an “appropriate” job that makes use of refinement and charm. Instead, she is fascinated by how the human body works—and why it fails.

Prudence is lucky to land a position in a laboratory, where she is swept into an investigation of a mysterious fever. From ritzy mansions to shady bars and rundown tenements, Prudence explores every potential cause of the disease to no avail—until the volatile Mary Mallon emerges. Dubbed “Typhoid Mary” by the press, Mary is an Irish immigrant who has worked as a cook in every home the fever has ravaged. But she’s never been sick a day in her life. Is the accusation against her an act of discrimination? Or is she the first clue in solving one of the greatest medical mysteries of the twentieth century? 

This book surprised me so much. Honestly I started it expecting to be disappointed and toss it in the to- go pile and mark it off my list. Instead I enjoyed it so much and it now holds a permanent spot on my bookcase.

While Deadly wasn’t action packed, it was a nice pace and the plot flowed smoothly. I loved how it was set up as a diary.

Prudence and Marm’s love lives didn’t overshadow the history in the book, which is such a win for me. Concerning  Prudence I loved the ending for her -letting her hope for the future be about furthering her education and following her dreams instead of the typical ” This boy will complete my life” trope. I found this to be such a refreshing difference in YA and I loved it.

Marm is such a good mother. Her and Prudence talk, she takes up for her daughter, tells Prudence how proud she is of her and includes her on some of her dates. Their relationship was sweet.

I however am left with mixed feelings on the leading gentlemen in Prudence’s life. Did Mr. Soper like Prudence but keep their relationship professional or was he just really sweet and saw her potential? I’m leaning towards the latter but I lowkey shipped them from day 1……so honestly not sure. Then there is Jonathan who is an arrogant, pushy creep at the beginning. He blamed his advances on Prudence (still not forgiven for that) but then spent the rest of the book acting like a perfect gentleman = I’m very confused on who this lad truly is.

Prudence struggle with what she felt was right or wrong concerning “Typhoid Mary” was candid and realistic. And while I didn’t always agree with her , I fully understand where all the questions came from, because they were ones I could see myself asking in the same position.

Deadly by Julie Chibbaro was a unique read and I loved all I learned from it. An easy 4 stars.

By the way – SHOUTOUT to my oldest nephew who gave me this book for Christmas 2 years ago. Thanks bud I enjoyed it……sorry it took so long for me to read it, but feel free to buy me other books because I trust your taste 😉

Forever & Always,

Emily

What book(s) have you read and they surprised you? Do you like when other people buy you books they think you’ll enjoy? What’s the longest amount of time you procrastinated reading a book?

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