Saturday, March 1, 2014

Stay Where You Are And Then Leave by John Boyne

Stay Where You Are And Then LeaveStay Where You Are And Then Leave by John Boyne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I won this book in a "First-Read" contest. This is the first book from John Boyne I have the pleasure to read. I saw the movie The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and liked it, so I was intrigued to read this short novel by the same author. I normally don't gravitate towards war time books and I was wondering if I would get into it. Well, Stay Where You Are And Then Leave was totally awesome. I loved the well written story which described with accuracy the struggles of the soldiers' family members who were left behind to take care of themselves. It also addressed the stress the war has left on soldiers and how they had to cope with the painful memories.

The story takes place during the first World War. It follows the life of a young boy named Alfie, between the ages of 5 and 13. Alfie is no ordinary boy. His story of courage and sense of honour was so touching. Every characters in the book had something to bring to the story and it made it even more interesting to read.

The book was written for a young audience between the ages of 9 to 12. I don't think this should discourage the teens and adults to read this wonderful book. It has a lot of mature elements that would tickle all audiences' likes.

I recommend it! It was a pleasure to read this book. It will be available at your local bookstore on March 25, 2014.

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