Girl at War by Sara Novic – REVIEW

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Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 22nd 2016 by Random House Trade Paperbacks
“An unforgettable portrait of how war forever changes the life of the individual . . . a writer working with deep reserves of talent, heart, and mind.”—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

A really moving story about a girl named Ana Juric, a ten-year-old living with her family in a small apartment in Croatia’s Capital. When the civil war breaks out across Yugoslavia Ana’s life changes. The war brings so much bitterness and tragedy to Ana’s life. She blames her self for many things that happen. I really love how the story is written. The novel gives the reader an outlook of how the war effected her life and the people around her. It is written with simplicity and yet the situations themselves are harsh and deeply moving.


New York city, 2001 and Ana is a college student in Manhattan. The past haunts her and she is unsettled and emotions build up inside her. She has unresolved issues and thoughts that are bottled up. She heads back to her country to resolve her inner matters. Do things turn out? Does she find out what she needs so she can resolve her inner pains and sorrows?  You have to read this book to find out. The story is very emotional, deep, moving and captivating. The story is written very eloquently and I highly recommend it.

I give this book a 5/5

“Gripping . . . Nović, in tender and eloquent prose, explores the challenge of how to live even after one has survived.”— O: The Oprah Magazine


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