Between Shades of Gray Book Review
History is easily one of my favorite subjects in school. Discussions and books related to WWI, the Great Depression, and WWII have always specifically interested me. I guess I am just intrigued by the hundreds of thousands of different personal views and stories that originate from that time in history. This is why when a few friends of mine recommended the book, Between Shades of Gray, I knew it would be next on my list of books to read.
About the Book:
To be clear, this novel has absolutely no ties to the 50 Shades of Grey series lol. I have just had quite a few questions about that so I wanted to go ahead and address that :). In fact, it is about Lina, a 15-year-old girl from Lithuania in 1941. Lina and her family are arrested from Lithuania by the Soviet secret police, the NKVD, in the middle of the night and are taken through a few cities, towns, and labor camps. The entire novel goes into depth about the struggles and hardships Lina, her family, and the other prisoners face throughout their journeys.
One aspect of this novel that I really appreciated was the slightly different approach that was taken through a historical standpoint. What I mean by this is Sepetys illustrates what it was like to be a Lithuanian refugee during WWII. Often times, we hear stories about Germans and Jews that were greatly affected by Hitler and his Nazis. Between Shades of Gray tells a different story. Lina is a Lithuanian who's life has been turned upside down due to Stalin's rise of power. This is just one more differing perspective on one of the most impactful wars in our world's history and I appreciate it so much.
I also found it interesting to read this novel about a 15-year-old girl as I am a newly 16-year-old. It's strange to relate my current life and lifestyle to Lina's. In the simplest of terms, we are so similar, but given our own current events, Lina and I are so different.
All in all, Between Shades of Gray, currently holds the award for my favorite book. I 100% recommend giving this one a go. I read this novel in just a few short days and that says a lot because your homegirl isn't the fastest reader :).
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