New York Times bestselling author Fannie Flagg brings laughter and tears with her latest novel, The All-Girl Filling Station. Flagg manages to keep the story cohesive and compelling despite alternating narrators and changing time periods. Strong female characters really drive a storyline full of twists and turns. I loved learning about the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), whose job was to fly military aircraft under the direction of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.
My only complaint with All-Girl is that the tone changes drastically in the last fifty pages. Billed as a “comic mystery”, the book is light-hearted until the last fifty pages, when events become darker and much more serious. I would still recommend The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion, especially to those who love historical fiction and/or fiction about World War II.
This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Random House
Profanity/Language: 64 religious exclamations, 66 mild obscenities, 3 religious profanities, 7 derogatory names, 3 scatological words, 4 anatomical terms.
Violence/Gore: A character threatens suicide; reports of family members engaging in violent behavior; a man is kicked in the groin; in two non-detailed scenes, characters die in airplane crashes.
Sex/Nudity: A few incidents of kissing and sexual references; a few implied or reported incidents of sexual activity; a character is nude with sexual innuendo; a discussion regarding sex occurs; a brief scene of sexual abuse and attempted rape.
Mature Subject Matter:
Abandonment, adoption, infidelity, war, death, attempted rape
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Characters frequently smoke and drink.