Book Reviews

Wanting to be Jackie Kennedy is like a box of fine chocolates.

I could have devoured Wanting To Be Jackie Kennedy by Elizabeth Kern in two days. But instead, I chose to savor it like a box of elegant chocolates. I absolutely love this book.

The opening introduces Ellie Manikowski in “present time.” Kern takes readers on a rich journey with Ellie as she travels the rocky path to becoming an adult. I love these memorable characters.

Kern expertly uses strong verbs and well-chosen adjectives. Her detailed scene description made me feel like I was right there, even though I have never been to Chicago.

Wanting To Be Jackie Kennedy is a heartwarming story of love, loss, and family secrets. It’s the story of a young Polish girl’s journey to womanhood in Chicago in the 1960s, and the role the nation’s elegant first lady plays along the way.

Elizabeth Kern was born and raised on the Northwest side of Chicago in the old Polish neighborhood around Milwaukee, Division, and Ashland Avenues that she writes about in Wanting To Be Jackie Kennedy.

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