NOT to be confused with another book! 🙂
Between Shades of Gray by Ruth Sepetys
Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously–and at great risk–documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives.Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.
First I fell in love with Lina’s character, then her brother, then her mother…. What a courageous family even AFTER being deported to Siberia and treated like animals. I seriously don’t know what my actions would have been had I lived during a time like this.
And you know what? This just shows my ignorance-I didn’t even realize that the Soviet Union did things like this back then. Of course, I don’t remember learning about the Holocaust AT ALL in high school. In fact nothing in history class stuck in my brain. Sad. I’m definitely making up for lost time now.
Back to the book-you have GOT to read this. Yes, it was another one that had me engrossed the entire time. But I was so strong while reading about the horrors-I didn’t cry. Until one part. And then I couldn’t stop crying.
Put this on your TBR list NOW. Even if historical fiction is not your thing.
Then come back to me and let me know what you thought.