Perfect for readers of Paula McClain, Lisa Wingate, and Hazel Gaynor, and fans of Bonnie and Clyde, Breaking Bad and Netflix's The Highwaymen, Jenni L. Walsh's sparkling debut tells the story of Bonnie Parker as it's never been told before—in her own words.
It's the summer of 1927, and Bonnelyn Parker is more likely to belt out a church hymn than sling drinks at an illicit juice joint. She’s a sharp girl with plans to overcome her family's poverty, provide for herself, and maybe someday marry her boyfriend, Roy Thornton. But in Cement City, Texas, there aren't many jobs a girl can do.
When Bonnelyn finds work at Doc's, Dallas's newest speakeasy, she finds herself falling hard—for the music, for the freedom, and for a young man with a hint of danger in his smile.
Bonnie is about to meet Clyde Barrow. And her life—like her country—is headed for a crash.
"How do you get from good girl to gangster's moll? Jenni Walsh takes you along for the ride with Bonnelyn Parker in an account so vivid you would think you were there with her.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig
"In Becoming Bonnie, Jenni Walsh delivers an intriguing insight into the life of one half of the infamous duo, Bonnie and Clyde. I look forward to reading more from this new author." —New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor
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Entertaining, fast-paced novel!
As someone born and raised in Dallas, TX, I got a particular kick out of reading BECOMING BONNIE. Jenni Walsh has written a fast-paced, exciting, and touching story of Bonnie before Clyde, showing the reader who she was as a girl and explaining how she transformed into the infamous gun slinging, bank robbing woman we all know. Such a fun 1920s read, complete with speakeasies, market crashes, and dance marathons, and filled with unusual characters, from Bonnie's wild friend Blanche, to Roy (a man who goes through his own surprising transformation), to even Big Bertha, the car that totes them from one adventure to the next. Enjoy!
5 starsLoved this transformation from good girl to gangster's moll!
The lives of Bonnie and Clyde are much romanticized nearly a hundred years later. They were hooligans in love, partners in crime that stuck it to the man and who went out in a blaze of glory. Or was that really the story?
In Becoming Bonnie we see the beginning of the tale. We see the world as Bonnie knows it, of the various struggles of her family, of her marriage to a boy named Roy, how she met the first members of Barrow gang and most importantly, how she met Clyde. It's a romance, a coming of age story and a dip into the past in a most artful way.
Even though I know the story of Bonnie & Clyde, I love hearing it told in the fantastic new voice that Jenni Walsh brings to the table. I am already desperate for the sequel!