“People do not give it credence that a fourteen-year-old girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her father’s blood but it did not seem so strange then, although I will say it did not happen every day. I was just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name Tom Chaney shot my father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robbed him of his life and his horse and $150 in cash money plus two California gold pieces that he carried in his trouser band.” Charles Portis, True Grit
I’m sure it’s no surprise to anyone that I feel in love with this book instantly. It’s touching, funny, exciting, and sad. I think it’s a book boys and girls can both enjoy, but if you’re a tomboy of any stripe, you will love it.