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The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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Feb 03, 2017

really liked it
bookshelves: books-i-own

I really enjoyed this one. Maybe it's not the most original story, but I like stories about English children evacuated to the countryside. (Probably because of Narnia.) And I felt like with Ada having a clubfoot and her mother being abusive, there was a bit of a new twist on the basic story.

This book broke my heart a lot. First of all because Mam was so horrible. I can't wrap my mind around people treating anyone else in those ways, but especially your own children. And then there was the fact that her awfulness was still a presence when the kids left. I would feel myself getting frustrated with Ada for pulling away or resisting Susan's love, but then I had to remember that her feelings were probably very realistic (and I've never been in that situation so I don't know).

The book overall moves at a slow pace, so the ending feels rushed. So much action is crammed into the last 20 pages or so. But there's still a lot of emotion there and it made me tear up!

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Reading Progress

December 31, 2014 – Shelved
December 31, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
October 24, 2016 – Shelved as: books-i-own
January 27, 2017 – Started Reading
January 28, 2017 –
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February 2, 2017 – Finished Reading

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