Girl at War, by Sara Novic

girlatwarAna Juric is a Croatian refugee. When she was ten, her life and family was ripped apart by civil war. Now, as a twenty year old college student in NYC, she is just beginning to face the long term effects of that trauma.

I very rarely read books about real-life wars. The brutality of history can be too much for me, especially when it involves children and/or torture. There are many books I’ve skipped because they were just too stressful to read, but I’m glad I finally got around to Girl At War. Novic does a good job at balancing the heartbreaking aspects of war with the innocence of a child’s understanding. The book never grew too gruesome, though it didn’t glance over the ugly parts of war, either.

Honestly, I don’t have much to say about the book. It was well written – though the ending was way too abrupt for me, leaving me wondering if my copy had actually lost some pages – and got me interested in learning more about this region of the world and the various wars over the last few decades. I spent a lot of time with maps and historical articles, and I liked that Novic provided a non-American viewpoint. Too often we see history and world events filtered through an ethnocentric bias, and this book went beyond that view.

About Amanda

Writing. Family. Books. Crochet. Fitness. Fashion. Fun. Not necessarily in that order. Note: agender (she/her).
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