#73 — Girl at War

Girl at War by Sara Novic
  • Rating: 4/5
  • The story begins with the voice of the main character as a 10 year old, which is a very clever way to start — I assume most people are like me and don’t know much about the Yugoslav Wars, so we learn about it in bits and pieces as the character does. However, the small incremental changes in daily life does escalate pretty dramatically and is paced to keep you captivated
  • Unlike memoirs written by people who survived war, this book has the advantage of giving greater historical context to what is going on, which is hard to do for memoirists who are in the thick of things. In this way, the book has the advantage of being a work of fiction, in that they have the ability to explain the bigger picture while making it personal at the same time
  • The book also addresses what happens to people after the war, which is as interesting as the wartime experiences