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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
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Oct 13, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction, mothers-daughters, young-adult, favorites, russia-ussr, 20th-century
Read from October 11 to 14, 2011

This is a book that will stick with you long after you read the last page. It is haunting, heart-breaking, and hopeful all at the same time. Ruta Sepetys brings to life a part of history that a lot of people do not know about (including myself the self-proclaimed history buff).

This book follows 15-year-old Lina, her 10-year-old brother Jonas, and her mother. They are deported from Lithuania to Siberia by the USSR for being anti-Soviet along with many other women, children, and elderly men. The journey is tortuous and the work camp conditions are deplorable. Sepetys does not pull any punches when describing how the deportees are treated.

This story is definitely worth 5 stars. You really feel that you get to know the characters and you care about what happens to them. I could not put it down. The writing is simple and straight-forward. Despite all of the horrible things in the book, the book has a tone of hopefulness. The reader sees both the worst and the best humanity has to offer.
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Quotes Christie Liked

Ruta Sepetys
“Sometimes there is such beauty in awkwardness.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray

Ruta Sepetys
“Good men are often more practical than pretty " said Mother. "Andrius just happens to be both.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray

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