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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
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May 25, 2015

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult, historical-fiction
Read in May, 2015

This can be an incredibly intense book, and it starts almost right away. Sepetys chose to throw the reader directly into the deportation, and skimps on the background for her main characters. It's at the cost of reader identification, at least for me. Because I saw little enough of Lina before, only in extreme circumstances, I didn't feel terribly attached to her. But that doesn't mean that this isn't very well written. Which makes the suffering Lina and her family go through very difficult to read. The intended effect, I'm sure, so well done there.

But I didn't like the ending. Rather, I didn't like how abrupt it was. It happens so quickly that I could easily believe that it had been meant to be the first book in a series, rather than a stand alone novel. Yes, there's an epilogue, but it just isn't very satisfying, and it skips quite a lot of time. That ending is just about the only thing that keeps this book from being perfect.
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Trudi I loved this!

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Mara Tell me this isn't somehow tied in with the other shades of great, because mixing deportation and BDSM seems like it would be tasteless...

Sesana Yeah, no, not exactly. Retroactively a poor choice of title, as it turns out.

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