I'm going to make a big statement about this book...It was one of the best books I have ever read. It's been on many end of the year lists as one of the best books of the year so clearly I'm not the only one! There are many books set during WWII, even many Young Adult books with that setting. And while this is a book about that war, it is about so much more, mainly the friendship between 2 young women and how the war affected them. Wein does an absolutely wonderful job with character development, her dialogue is believable and there is no doubt that she did her research on the era. Taken all together, it's hard to believe that this is a novel, it all seems so real. There are some twists in this book, some small and some that are so jaw dropping that you may, like me, have the immediate desire to start from the beginning all over again. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a historical novel, an adventure story, or a novel with strong female characters. There is a fair amount of violence in some parts, but nothing gratuitous.
The performances on the audio version are excellent as well.