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Enemy Brothers by Constance Savery
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bookshelves: wwii, fiction, england, big-families, 1940s, young-adult-fiction
Read from February 07 to 17, 2012

** spoiler alert ** This is a good book; it really is. However, it just didn't keep me especially interested. I read it, but it took me awhile. I think that I may have just been in kind of an off mood when I read it, or else because it is probably geared toward a younger audience (I would consider it a YA book). The story is fairly creative and the author gives you a lot to think about. It was interesting to get a glimpse of day-to-day life in England during World War II. It provides a unique perspective on this because it was published during the war, and thus the outcome was still uncertain. Considering this puts a lot of the book's content in a new light. One thing I found really confusing was how many characters there were. I still don't know who everyone was! Some of the writing I also found a bit puzzling. At certain parts I wasn't exactly sure what was going on. I can't quite pinpoint why this was, but I think it's just the style it was written in (or maybe I was too tired when I read it!). This book could probably be considered partially propaganda, but it's not ever at the expense of the plot. I think there is a good balance (and of course, the propaganda is all stuff I agree with. Not all propaganda is bad). We also get to see the other side, though, in what Tony has been taught. I thought it was handled really well. It did make me wonder if assimilation would occur as easily if it was an English boy who found out he was German. Hmm. I found Dym's character to be almost too-good-to-be-true, but that didn't stop me from really liking him! Overall, this is a good book. Just because I didn't find it particularly riveting at this time of my life doesn't mean that I would hesitate to recommend it to kids. My younger brother really likes this one and he's going to reread it now that I am finished. I think it is probably a title that would appeal very much to young boys. There is a good deal of adventure, but also some great messages.
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