This book changed my life. Yes, it actually did, and I'm not lying! I was absolutely changed after I read this book. And it's a good thing! I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 out of 5 stars
Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys
5 out of 5 stars
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Goodreads summary: Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously - and at great risk - documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.
Yes, this book stole my breath. And yes, it captured my heart. There's something about this book that is so unique, captivating and altogether totally beautiful that it makes me want to cry happy tears. I'm happy that there's a book like this out there! It's so perfect!
It's kind of hard to believe this is a YA novel. Why? Well, for one thing, the scenarios are sad, heartwrenching and unbelievable. And the theme? Unbelievable as well. This book is so much more serious than all the other YA books, and I like that.
You need to read this book! That's all I really need to say! It's so good! And moving! And just pure 100% unbelievable! So what are you waiting for? Just read Lina's story! You won't regret it, I promise!
I mean, why else would it be 5 out of 5 stars?