Between Shades of Gray: Hope in the Most Horrible Circumstances

between shades of greyTitle: Between Shades of Gray

Author: Ruta Sepetys

Summary: Fifteen-year-old Lina in Lithuania has a future (art school), but when the Soviet secret police arrest her, her mom, and her brother for unknown reasons, her entire world is turned upside down. Lina still has hope to find her father (locked away in another camp), and escape the prison camp alive. She puts her hope into drawings that she passes from person to person, in hope that her father will eventually be the recipient. But in a place where so much hope is lost, how is she supposed to hold on to her own?

I kept reading this book because I HAD to know what happened to Lina and her family. I wanted to know if her hope was enough to get her home.

I loved the theme about always having hope even in the most horrible of circumstances. I liked how Lina was a strong heroine in a place where everyone expected her to be weak. I hated that so many people were actually put through this in that time, but it emphasized that it actually happened. The characters may be fiction, but their struggle wasn’t.

This book reminded me of Code Name Verity because in both the main character is imprisoned because of conflicts between countries, and the only thing they have to hold on to is hope for the future. If you liked Code Name Verity, you should check out this book.

— Corinna, Greenwood Teen Blogger


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