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Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
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Jan 08, 2010

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bookshelves: teen, holocaust, historical-fiction
Read in January, 2010

Loved the concept, did not like the execution.

Some people say that Jane Yolen is one of the greatest storytellers of recent years. I couldn't disagree more. She completely lacks a storytelling voice, in my opinion. This story, as with Devil's Arithmetic, feels too contrived. And as for the historical part, it was as if she had a long list of facts and statistics that she was determined to cram in the book. In a way, I think the story may have been better had it been told from Gemma's point of view. Becca, the sisters, and Stan were just vehicles to get the story going, not characters.

I think this is the last Yolen novel I'm going to attempt to read. I'll stick with her picture books.
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