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Lovely War

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Poignant World War I romance weaves in jazz, Greek gods.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+
This book is SO UNSPEAKABLY GOOD. It is everything I could possibly want out of historical fiction, and the dual love stories are phenomenal beyond imagination. I have followed Julie Berry's career for ten years, and I don't think she can possibly top this book. She was born to write this particular novel in this particular way, and no one else could have done it this well. The themes! The attention to small details! The historical accuracy! The pathos! The plot and pacing! The use of Greek mythological figures as a framing device! Everything about this book was unique, gripping, and irreplaceable, and I adore it with my whole heart. The only significant content concerns for this book are its realistic depictions of wartime violence, racism, racial violence, attempted sexual assault, and the psychological trauma of war. Other than that, there is almost nothing objectionable about this book, and all of the above issues are handled with tact and discretion. The romances are both portrayed in respectful, dignified ways that value love over lust, and the language is limited to a few expletives and racial slurs. I recommend this book for kids thirteen and older based on this book's reading level and thematic content, but mature and advanced readers may enjoy it at a younger age.

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This beautifully written historical romance has it all. Lovely War weaves love, loss, jazz, war, Greek gods, and so much more together with relatable and unforgettable characters, against the backdrop of sweeping changes in the lives of millions. Framing the two epic love stories with Aphrodite pleading her case to Hephaestus adds a timeless quality to the sweeping wartime romance.

Author Julie Berry is as skillful at narrating large-scale war action as she is at finding real poignancy in small, intimate moments. Keep a tissue handy for surprisingly moving moments sprinkled throughout.

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