2016/10/05

BOOK REVIEW:
THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE BY KIMBERLY BRUBAKER BRADLEY

Title: The War That Saved My Life
Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Published: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 316
Rating: 4/5


Summary:
Ada is nine years old and has never left her apartment, being kept in by her cruel mother, who is ashamed of having a crippled child. But when World War II breaks out and her little brother Jamie is to be shipped off to the country, Ada wastes no time and sneaks out to join him. They end up being taken in by a woman, Susan, who doesn't want any children - and as Ada discovers the outside world, she also discovers the meaning of family.


Review:
What a lovely read this was. It's an easy book to get through, but it definitely has weight.

I really enjoyed the characters in this and the relationships between them, especially the one between Ada and Susan. I thought the depiction of Ada and her anger, her resentment and not being able to cope with her own emotions was fantastic. I also liked how none of the characters felt superfluous, they all had their own important role to play.

I also really love that this is the kind of book that works for both children and adults, and manages to carry meaning for both. Though the whole of it may not be entirely original, and the end felt a wee bit rushed, I thought this was just a really good book and highly enjoyable.

I would definitely recommend this book, both for children and for adults who enjoy middle grade and historical fiction.
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