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Six Degrees of Separation from Shopgirl to Where the Sidewalk Ends

It’s time for another 6 Degrees of Separation, hosted by Kate @ Booksaremyfavoriteandbest. On the first Saturday of every month, readers and bloggers connect the selected book for the month to six other books, forming a chain. The books don’t all have to be related; each book only has to be related to the books next to it in the chain. You can also follow this meme on Twitter with the hashtag #6Degrees.

From Shopgirl to Where the Sidewalk Ends

This month, the chain starts with Steve Martin’s Shopgirl. Jason Koivu‘s review on Goodreads described the MC of the novella, Mirabelle Buttersfield, as a wallflower. That led me to The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Steven Chbosky, another book about a wallflower.

Emma Watson was in the movie adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, just like she was in the movie adaptation of Ballet Shoes, by Noel Streatfeild. Though I haven’t read it, this book is about three little girls who start off in the world as orphans who start young in ballet classes.

Another book starring a dancer is Sphinx’s Princess, by Esther Friesner. After dancing on the Nile as part of a ceremony and almost being forced into marriage with a disgusting man, she will be forced to marry the future pharaoh.

Amanda Lovelace’s The Princess Saves Herself in This One also tells the story of a princess, who becomes queen. It’s a novel in verse about abuse and survival, like the synopsis of Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur, on Goodreads says. Milk and Honey also has a similar cover to Lovelace’s book.

A poet in my creative writing class told us about Milk and Honey and told us that Kaur illustrated the book as well. To continue with the theme poets who are also illustrators, I chose Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends, the classic children’s poetry book. I remember loving the poem that was written on a giraffe’s neck.

From shopgirls and wallflowers to princesses and poetry, we see that Shopgirl is separated six degrees from Where the Sidewalk Ends. I didn’t expect the poetry focus, but that’s what makes this meme fun. What does your chain, starting with Shopgirl, look like?


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