About the Book
She couldn't imagine why there was such a difference between those children and her. She couldn't imagine why she and all these other people with her had to be treated this way. Who decided this, and what for?
This book is split into two parts. One is about a little girl, Sarah, in 1942 France. The other is a grown woman, Julia, 60 years later. Sarah and her family are Jewish, and I don’t think I need to explain more about how that went. I will say that before this book I had never heard of the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup. It is horrific. Much of Julia’s story is researching about the roundup for the 60th anniversary.
So much happens in Sarah’s story that is heartbreaking. It’s truly an awful thing that happened. And I appreciate this book for bringing it to my attention.
Personally I’d have preferred for the entire thing being about Sarah and her story.
Julia’s story, on the other hand, was a bit of an annoyance for me. Especially as the story progressed. And I’m just going to be blunt about it. The ending was dumb. My eyes probably fell out at least 5 times because I was rolling them so hard. If I hadn’t like the first 3/4th so much, I’d have just stopped reading it. Actually, I highly recommend everyone stop around 250ish. It’s a lot better that way.