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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
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Sep 04, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: 2012, historical-fiction, listened-to-on-audio, ya
Read from September 04 to 14, 2012

Historical fiction about the genocide of the Baltic people by the Soviets during WWII. I knew a little about the Lithuanian experience during WWII so I wasn't shocked and surprised about the events like some readers might. I found Lina (the 15 year old narrator) to be too young and naive at various points of the story and didn't emotionally connect with her they way I believe the author intended. This was a good book about perseverance and overcoming hardships. I think this would be a good choice to use in the classroom with students and would even appeal to some adult book groups (i can see older ladies liking this book).

I listened to this book on audio and I found the reader's characterization of Jonas, Lina's younger brother, to be grating. He seemed too sickly sweet and angelic. I don't know if this was the writing or the narrator but it made me dislike Jonas.


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