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Back to Bataan Summary
My Review: *Note* The publisher provided me with an e-copy of the novel in exchange for my honest review.
I've got to say that I feel a bit misled about this book. First of all, the cover is clearly YA. The description of a boy who has a "fiancee" and wants to fight in the war is YA. The main character, however, is ELEVEN. For those of you listening, eleven is not YA. Eleven is MG and so my expectations did not match up with the reality of this book.
Which is not to say that Back to Bataan is a bad book. It's just not what I expected. The whole time I read it, I felt like I was back in high school, reading some classic like Catcher in the Rye. It was a nice, short little novel and had a character who found redemption in a very interesting way (and with some unlikely allies).
It was one of those novels that I liked more as I read it, but ultimately, it just wasn't my style of book. When I read, I'm looking for a fun outlet, not the next classic in the making. If you, however, have more sophisticated tastes when it comes to reading, then by all means, check it out. Just know what to expect going in, because it's not YA, and (despite the couple on the cover), there's no romance either.
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