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Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite
When her devoted mother passed away, Rose had the rare opportunity to go back in time and relive her journey through the sixties after finding her old diary named Pinky. The diary contains all her important memories of growing up between the ages of 10 and 20. Two things Rosie learned are that there’s no point in trying to ignore what you can’t forget and, in the end, memories are what define us. They are who we are. It’s why we see things the way we do and love how we do. Some memories never go away, whether you pay them any attention or not. The ‘60s Diary is an account of everything a young lady experiences. Howard Reiss has done a fantastic job of capturing all the great events of the 60s and how Rosie grew from being a little girl into an adult.
The ‘60s Diary is a poignant reminder that “Life is not what one lived, but what one remembers and how one remembers it in order to recount it." The characters of Rosie, Bobby, and their friends and family are well defined and easy to relate to. The events of the 60s and the locations are realistically described. I especially enjoyed the way author Howard Reiss portrays Rosie's journey into adulthood and all that goes with it. We can all relate to her feelings and emotions when it comes to love, life, and everything else. The book inspired me to create my own diary and I hope it does the same for all readers.