My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I sort of like going into a book knowing nothing about it, because I can only be pleasantly surprised. Frozen was one of those books.
My favorite aspect of Frozen was how rich in historical detail it is. Even though Sadie Rose has been shut up in her guardians’ house most of her life, we’re still able to glean a lot about the complexities of the 1920s from the interactions she does have, especially the conflict between big business and environmentalists and the conflict between the morals of the Victorian/Edwardian eras and the more modern lifestyles. Sadie Rose, because she’s been mute for so much of her life, can observe a lot more than the average person because no one expects her to be able to talk.
Another highlight of Frozen was watching Sadie Rose find her voice, both literally and figuratively. As she unravels the mystery behind what happened to her mother, she gains more and more independence and starts questioning what she really wants out of life, as well as making friends for the first time ever. Casanova portrayed this journey very well, and Sadie Rose’s voice was spot on.
If you’re interested in environmental history, protagonists finding independence, or historical settings with a lot of layers, I recommend Frozen.