Wednesday, 14 January 2015

ARC Review: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley


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Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Pages: 320
Release Date: January 8th, 2015
Publisher: Dial
Received From: the publisher

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson’s Sons and for fans of Number the Stars.

Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.

So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?

This masterful work of historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity—a classic in the making.


Review

The War that Saved My Life was a moving story about a young girl named Ada, and her enduring life during the second world war.

Now, I don't usually read or review MG novels on this blog, but after reading this story, I think I might have to- or at least read more of Bradley's works.

This story follows the life of a girl named Ada, who has a deformity and is constantly emotionally abused by her mother. When her brother, Jamie, is to be sent to the English countryside for safety, Ada follows him. There, the siblings meet Susan, and at first, they're all wary of each other, but they slowly learn how to become their own make shift family as well.

What I love about this story is the strength of Ada's voice as a narrator, and I love how Bradley shows the importance and the struggle of the family unit during this dark time in human history. I love how she is able to show the emotional turmoil and scars that Ada and the rest of the characters have, and show that love can slowly heal someone.

It was a wonderful story about war-time England, and I would highly recommend it to everyone- whether you're a MG, YA or NA reader.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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