The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Review

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Ebook, 240 Pages
Historical Fiction/ WW II
By: John Boyne
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

β€œWhat exactly was the difference? He wondered to himself. And who decided which people wore the striped pajamas and which people wore the uniforms?”

🌟 I picked this because I heard a lot of good things about the author’s writing and I like the book’s name but I did not know what it is about. I did not even read the synopsis!

🌟 The writing was light hearted and I think having the book revolving about Bruno was a great idea! The innocence of the young did reach me and the darkness of the adult world was also delivered! This kind of reminds me of Fredrik Backman’s writing, easy to get into, funny but yet it delivers an emotional punch.

🌟 The characters were great and although the MC is a 9 year old boy, the story is not for young kids and nor will they understand it. This has a wide set of characters that felt so real to me from Bruno’s family, his dad and the fury to the boy in the striped Pajamas.

🌟 The plot was great and if you check my GR shelves, I added this to my Tear-Worthy books. I am not a big fan of stories on war, and historical fictions are not for me in general. But this was one of the times that a book could teach me about history more than 12 years in school did.

🌟 The pacing was crazy fast, this can be literally read in one sitting. The meeting of the boys happened at almost exactly 50% and things got more interesting after that. If I am going to criticize one thing is that this felt too short and I wanted more to live with these characters. I expected a different ending and when I was approaching it, I thought it was going to be rushed but it was not. It just destroyed me in the best possible way and then I went and watched the ending of the movie on Youtube which had brilliant actors and it helped in destroying what remained of me.

β€œSitting around miserable all day won’t make you any happier.”

🌟 Summary and Prescriptions: I prescribe this for everyone, please go and read this. I enjoyed it from page 1 to the last page and I even wanted more. I will be checking the author’s other books for sure.

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