Gut-wrenching story. Well-written historical fiction with interesting characters. Will read again sometime.
Written from the point of view and voice of a young woman who feels she must return to the country where she experienced horrific events and to confront her current life's decisions and relationships. The level of writing is more directed to teens but anyone who reads it will be drawn to research more about the complicated war and breakup of the Balkan countries.
This is another story of war written from the point of view of a child living through it. The horrors are similar to other stories on the subject but where this one is different is that the child was adopted by an American family and grew up from age 10 onwards in New York. The story flips back and forth between the past and present but manages to stay coherent and interesting.
What a moving page turner of a book, which I couldn't put down for three days. In the words of Julia Glass included in the insightful Readers' Guide at the end of the book, this is a "story about how human beings endure, even find a way to thrive, in the face of inconsolable loss; that's what all the best fiction shows us."
Girl At War is a well written mix of a coming-of-age story, a story of war, and a story of love and remembrance. There are a number of books written from a child’s point of view with a backdrop of war and although Girl At War doesn’t have anything new to add, Ana’s story is both heartfelt and engaging and well worth picking up.
Absolutely amazing, fascinating - hard to put down once I started reading! SO worth the nights you will stay awake reading.. ;)
I grew up in Basel, Switzerland and was 10 in 1991, not too far from Croatia, but in a bubble of safety, security and very naive about the world at the time. This is incredible to learn about so many years later. Very sad in many ways, and so helpful when considering foster children or adopted children out of challenging situations while growing up. Love the book!!!
The story of a ten year old girl's experience in the Civil War in Yugoslavia. It is presented from the point of view of the girl, both as a child and also as an adult years later. A quick undemanding read but it still manages to pack a punch. War is never pretty.
Tried to give this book an honest effort but couldn"t get pass the 2nd chapter. I hope other readers have better luck
unsentimental but moving story of a childhood disrupted by war and the scars that endure. 10-year-old Ana Juric is living in Zagreb with her family when the Balkan Wars break out. She realizes something has changed when her uncle sends her to fetch a pack of cigarettes and the store clerk unexpectedly asks her if she wants Croatian or Serbian.
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