Reading for a Lifetime Together

Between Shades of Gray
April 2, 2013, 6:24 pm
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The year is 1941. Lina Vilkas is a 15-year-old girl, excited for the upcoming fall so she could go to the elite art school. But suddenly, the NKVD burst into her home and rips her and her family away from their lives. The Soviets take her, her little brother Jonas, and her mother, put them in cattle cars, and ship them all across Europe and Lithuania. During her travels, she meets the handsome 17-year-old Andrius. Together, Andrius and Lina suffer through the Baltic Genocide. 

I absolutely loved this book. Once I began, though awful and tragic, was very hard to put down. It has this sort of magic that Holocaust books have: it’s tragic, but you can’t help but be sucked into this universe. I also wonder why so many people know about the Holocaust, but they know not of the genocide of Baltic peoples. In my opinion, it’s just as tragic, if not more because no one else knows about it. So if you like Holocaust stories, with a small hint of tragedy and an ever smaller hint of hope, you’ll love Between Shades of Gray.

–Anabel Gonzales 


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