Lovely War

Book review by Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

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

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age 13+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 15 reviews

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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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