In my Barnes and Noble spree, I saw a children’s/young adult novel that had an intriguing title and a lot of awards affixed to it. I had not heard of The War that Saved My Life, but the premise sounded interesting. After all, children’s and YA books about World War II greatly interest me (The Book Thief, anyone?). I was not prepared for how heavy this book was. It sounds like a negative endorsement, and I promise you it’s not, but damn. There is a LOT going on. Like Roxane Gay, I’m not huge on trigger warnings, because of censorship, but there is detailed physical and emotional abuse, and it’s really quite traumatic. I’ve never been abused, and the book definitely made me feel really depressed for good chunks of it. Seriously, if you have major childhood trauma, THERE IS TRAUMA mixed in with the happiness. Read at your own discretion. Full review.
> Genre: Young Adult > Heavy YA 2.0: Harry-Potter-at-the-Dursleys + The Secret Garden = Me depressed.