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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
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Mar 29, 2012

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bookshelves: penguin, audiobook, ya-qc-5, historical-fiction, young-adult, everyone-loved-but-me, read-in-2012, 2011-publication
Read from March 19 to 26, 2012

Between Shades of Gray is the story of Lina, a 15 year old Lithuanian girl, who is taken captive with her mother and younger brother and shipped off to a Siberian labor camp during World War II.

First things first. This is a good book. But my misfortune was that I read it AFTER I had read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and while these books both take place in World War II Europe, that's really where their similarities end. Whether or not I felt more connected to The Book Thief because I was more aware of the tragedies in Germany rather than Lithuania, I don't know. But this book just didn't touch me in the same heartfelt way that The Book Thief did. And perhaps I can blame this on the rather grating voice actor chosen for Between Shades of Gray. It took all I had to get through the last 45 minutes of this audiobook. I found most of the characters to be extremely whiny; their voices like nails on a chalkboard. They didn't seem to have the strength of Liesel or Max. Yes, I know these people were in labor camps but I didn't feel their vigor or uncoquerable-ness (yes, I think I just made that word up).

And the ending just seemed rather un-realistic.

I'm not saying that I didn't enjoy this book; it's just that it was only an alright read for me. Do I think I would have liked it more if I read it before The Book Thief? Yeah, probably but what can you do, ya know?
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Ruta Sepetys
“Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray

Reading Progress

6.0% "Can't stop mentally comparing this to The Book Thief." 1 comment
13.0% "trying to decide if i like this narrator or not. audiobooks!" 4 comments
30.0% "Getting better. I might keep with it."
65.0% "I think my lack of knowledge about the Soviet occupation in Lithuania really puts me at a disadvantage."
75.0% "The Old Bald Man is definitely my favorite aka my comic relief."
88.0% "This is hard to finish. The narrator is kind of grating on my nerves."

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Tyse Oh! This is one of my favorites:)

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