Sep 24, 2013

Review: Summer of my German Soldier

Summer of my German SoldierSummer of my German Soldier
Author: Bette Greene
Release Date: January 1973
Publisher: Puffin
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Pages: 230
Format: paperback, bought

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The summer that Patty Bergen turns twelve is a summer that will haunt her forever. When her small hometown in Arkansas becomes the site of a camp housing German prisoners during World War II, Patty learns what it means to open her heart. Even though she's Jewish, she begins to see a prison escapee, Anton, not as a Nazi, but as a lonely, frightened young man with feelings not unlike her own.

In Anton, Patty finds someone who softens the pain of her own father's rejection and who appreciates her in a way her mother never will. While patriotic feelings run high, Patty risks losing family, friends — even her freedom — for this dangerous friendship. It is a risk she has to take and one she will have to pay a price to keep.


My Review:

Patty is a 12 year old girl who lives in a household that does not appreciate her. Her mother is annoyed by her, her father beats her, and her younger sister, Sharon, is the angel child her family wanted. She spends her days wanting to help customers in her parents store, but she is always pushed out. She is bored most of the time just wanting a purpose in life. Then she meets Anton, and her world is turned around.

I really enjoyed this story. I bought this book years ago on impulse. I didn't know this was a book that was assigned at many schools for required reading, but I wish it would have been assigned at my school. I loved how the writing flowed through the pages, and even with the slang and old way of speaking that was around back in that time period, it was very easy to understand.

I felt so bad for Patty and all she had to go through. All the poor girl wanted was to be loved, then when she finally finds love, her world is turned around again. She never gets a break. I hated how irrational everyone is throughout the story. No one would listen to her just because she was a child and was overlooked by everyone in the town.

I could see the store that her parents owned, I could see the trains, I could see her house and all that went with it. I liked that I was able to picture it all and how it was back the time of World War II. The author does a wonderful job with the descriptions of everything.

I'm glad that I picked up this book and gave it a chance. It really gave me a good feeling about life, even with all that happened. It made me see things in a different way and that I need to work on my life. I need to figure out exactly where I am headed and do something about it. This is more than a book that you read to pass time, it is a book that can change your outlook on where you are headed.

Really Liked It!

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