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Review: Sarah's Key

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Bronwyn Miller

Sarah Starzynski, an exuberant 10yearold girl who lives with her parents and younger brother Michel in Paris in the summer of 1942, could never have imagined what horrors her young eyes would see. During the Nazi occupation of France, raids on Jewish homes were becoming commonplace. In the past, the fathers of these families would be taken away, but on July 16, 1942, a more drastic practice was ... Read full review

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I really enjoyed this read. Well almost. For the most part, I really enjoyed how the Tezacs and Sarah’s family are intertwined from past to present. The writing in the book is excellent and the plot itself is compelling enough to keep you engaged and reading until you finish. It may not be a very well known particular incident in Holocaust history and definitely worth looking into for more information - I myself didn’t know much about it until I read the book.
The perspective switches from Sarah to Julia. Naturally, Sarah’s story is much more interesting and compelling. You feel for her situation and her poor brother and can only think of the worst possible scenarios for her. I admired her for her determination and strength for a girl her age. It was such a great story to read and I loved it when I reached the sections featuring Sarah.
I wish I could say the same for Julia though. I didn’t care too much except for when it linked her family with Sarah’s. However the parts with Julia’s marital issues with her family? not my sort of thing and wasn’t much to my liking. I mean, okay good for her for standing up to her decisions and whatnot, but it wasn’t as interesting. Plus, towards the ending, Julia became whiny and her story just dragged too much. I was rather hoping for more about Sarah and what she did in greater detail after the war.
Overall, worth a try. I didn’t try the movie and don’t think I want to. I think once of Julia is enough for me. :)
 

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This book was amazing, shocking, emotional, and suspending all in one! When I started reading this book i could not put it down! I read this book in 2 days.... My great aunt read part of it to me when I was at her house for the summer, and I absolutely fell in love with it! Now this year I had to read it for a school project, and I have to say that it is the best book that I have ever read! Well done Tatiana de Rosnay! Well done! 

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Most interesting story about the rounding up of Jews in occupied France in the 40's. June 17, 2009

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Sarah's Key
This book will lift you up and bring you to the depths, but mostly it will cause you to think. If you are willing to search your soul, you will like this book.

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This is one of my favorite books in the world. It is based on the holocaust and is a very sad story. If you really like history and want to learn more about it then I segest this book to you. When you read it, it makes you cry because you want to help the person out. For me, it was very confusing at first cause there is 2 stories in all. There is one taking in the place of the holocaust and then there is one taking in their own time. You can tell once you look at it. 

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Great book, it will make you cry. I recommend this to anyone thats mature enough.

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A must read. Great story unfortunately true. I also saw the movie in French with English sub-titles, it was spellbinding, at least for me. I highly recommend both book and movie (on Netflix).

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the book is nothing but astounding! perfectly writen everything made me want to read more

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“I knew my ever-growing ardor for Paris had nothing to do with the typical American clichés of romance, sophistication, and sexiness. It went beyond that,” the narrator claims.
No, it really doesn't.

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