Friday, March 18, 2016

Girl At War by Sara Nović - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze
 
 Ana is a happy girl. She's living in Zagreb with her parents and baby sister. They spend their summers at the seaside and even though they aren't rich their life is good. In 1991 the civil war breaks out and it changes a lot for Ana and her family. Food is getting scarcer, there won't be any holiday that summer and Ana and her friends play war games in the city that's slowly changing. When Ana's sister gets sick her parents are desperate. There's no good medical aid and that is what their child needs to survive. They're willing to do anything to make their baby better and that means they're taking risks.

Ten years later Ana is living in New York, she's a student and nobody there knows where she's from originally. They think she's American. They don't know what she's been through and they think she's a normal American girl. She's still having nightmares and can't make peace with everything that happened to her. She has to face her troubling past to be able to deal with the future.

Girl at War is a beautiful story about a girl who's seen too much. Ana's life has changed so much because of the war and I think Sara Nović described everything that happened to her in such an impressive way. It was like I could see it. This isn't a light and happy story. What happened to Ana is awful. I greatly admired her, she's brave and she's a survivor. Even though nothing is easy for her she keeps fighting. Sometimes literally. It made me angry to read what happened to Ana when she was still such a little girl.

This book is raw and it made me feel so many things at the same time. I think Girl at War is a story that has to be read. It's a book I will remember for the rest of my life. It's impressive and definitely worth reading. War is terrible and traumatizing and it's something that people should never forget. I learned a lot about the Yugoslavian civil war and about war in general. Girl at War is such a good book, it's emotional and Sara Nović's great writing makes everything come to life really well. I can't stop thinking about Ana and her story, in my opinion this book is a must-read.
 

Girl at War will be released in paperback on March 24th.

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One reader of With Love for Books will receive a paperback copy of this amazing book.
 

 
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36 comments:

  1. The cover is too intriguing to miss.

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  2. I think the story sounds really good and I love the cover.

    Megan @ reading away the days

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  3. I've never read a sara novic book before so this would be a great start

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  4. I love history and this is REAL history ,in our recnt past. It looks a most interesting read.

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  5. Sounds like an interesting read.

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  6. I love books that make you feel all kinds of feelings so i would love to read this book .
    Thanks for the chance .

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  7. I've been reading raves about this books.Sounds like an amazing read

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  8. I've been reading raves about this books.Sounds like an amazing read

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  9. I always love the book with history as a background, and this sounds really interesting!

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  10. It sounds like a wonderful book that will leave a lasting impression :)

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  11. I love books that gives me hope and courage.

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  12. I am familiar with the theme of this book and live in a part of the former Yugoslavia. I have never read a book in English about this before, though, so I'm really curious to see how it's written.

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  13. I think I'd learn something from this book.

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  14. We listen to this on the news but don't really think about what it is really like for the ordinary people caught up in it. I think I will learn a lot.

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  15. This book looks right up my alley and I'm running out of reading material!!

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  16. Sounds an interesting read. WAR and A GIRL, what a combination!

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  17. It sounds like a really powerful and touching story.

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  18. Since I'm from Croatia and I have been there when the war was destroying people, families and our country, I am interested in reading this book and Nović's POV.

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  19. I'm from Slovenia wich was once under Yugoslavia. I know all about the war and I'm desperate to read it from the Nović's eyes.

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  20. It sounds really interesting from the description.

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  21. It looks a thought provoking read.

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  22. It's my type of read and I like to try new authors

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  23. I'd like to ask if this is a translated version? Is there a Croatian version of the book? It sounds reallyyy good!

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  24. It looks interesting and important.

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  25. It looks interesting and I like to try out new authors.

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  26. Definitely! I would enjoy reading this! Looks so interesting.

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  27. Definitely! I would enjoy reading this! Looks so interesting.

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  28. I love reading all types of books

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  29. The cover first caught my attention and after reading the description, I am very interested in reading this book.

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  30. Would love to read this a sit sounds like a really good book and I would like to get to know more about Ana.

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