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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
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Feb 10, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, bad-shit-and-atrocities, review-copies, 2011, reviewed, tear-jerkers, ww2

This is a beautiful, but heartbreaking story of a teenage girl who is dragged from her home in the middle of the night and deported to Siberia.

I read this in one afternoon. It was so well written and compelling that I needed to know what happened. I needed to know whether Lina and her brother and her mother made it through.

I could really identify with the characters in this story. They were all incredibly real and honest, and even when I disliked them, I felt that they could have easily stepped off the page and started walking around. I loved Lina's mother, Elena, most of all. I loved how she refused to give up hope, how she refused to let the situation change her or make her bitter or cruel. She was able to see the humanity in people who treated her as if she was less than garbage, and I admired her for that.

I would have really liked to find out more about what happened at the end, in the epilogue, since the ending was rather abrupt. But even for that, this story is amazing. I would definitely recommend it. Read with tissues handy. And be forewarned, the writing is beautiful, but the things that are shown are not. Just like in real life.
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Reading Progress

February 10, 2011 – Shelved
February 28, 2011 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
February 28, 2011 – Shelved as: bad-shit-and-atrocities
March 11, 2011 – Shelved as: review-copies
March 13, 2011 – Started Reading
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page 352
March 13, 2011 – Shelved as: 2011
March 13, 2011 – Shelved as: reviewed
March 13, 2011 – Shelved as: tear-jerkers
March 13, 2011 – Shelved as: ww2
March 13, 2011 – Finished Reading

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Amaya I think you really know how to explain things! I loved this book and I cried my eyes out so I'm glad that you said keep tissues handy, because it's true

Nikki Becky did you want to rate it 4.5 stars or 3 stars?

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