Reviews by rkraut
This is a book that I really enjoyed as a child. I'm re-reading it now and I like it now too!
I read this over and over and over in middle school and high school.
Parts of this are completely fascinating and absorbing. Also there is a cameo of an Ann Arborite! Other parts kind of dragged. If you are interested in what life was like for Jews in Germany 1935-1945, through letters and research, this is quite interesting. I heard the author interviewed on NPR and a lot of what is in the book was covered in the interview.
I was looking for a book that was funny and had a happy ending and a bookseller sold me this. I wouldn't say it has a "happy" ending but it is satisfying. It has some funny scenes but I didn't think it was laugh out loud funny. There is a deep sorrow to the book but nothing too terrible happens and it definitely drew me in! So--enjoy!
This is my son's favorite book--it weaves together heartbreak and funniness.