What's Going On Here?

There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

WW2 Weekend

This weekend I went to see The Innocents, which was a very, very good film.  I also finished the book Girl in the Blue Dress which was an even better book.  A really, really great book.  Will it win the Printz?  It's on the Printz Watch-List of that little group I follow on goodreads.  That's why I read it.  Again, I am thankful that I am following that group because I tend to be a slacker when it comes to books.  There is one part in GINBD where the main character talks how some people like to read the end of a book to make sure that "everyone turns out okay" and her boyfriend mocks this.  I know what that is like!  As I have shared that I have done that sometimes.  In a book based on a real-life horror like WW2, however, there is no need to read to the end.  I mean, how does anything really "turn out okay" in the face of such hell.
This book is set in Amsterdam in 1943 and tells the story of a young girl who stumbles into the resistance movement when she is ask to help find the whereabouts of a young woman who was previously being hidden from the Nazis.  The book does a little back and forth in time, and it is done very well and the past sheds light on to the present story being told.  The whole book is just...masterful.  Yes, that is the right word.  At the end of the audio there is an interview with the author, Monica Hesse, who is a very accomplished journalist and has proven that she is also an incredible writer of historical fiction.  Many, many thumbs up.

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