Monday, February 22, 2010

Sarah's Key

I just finished this a minute ago. I don't really have the words to describe how much I loved it. It's definitely in my list of all-time favorites, though.

It's set in France and takes place both during the holocaust and present day.

It follows the tragic story of the little girl, Sarah, and her family.

I have to warn you, this is not really a happy story. Even though I know in my brain that it's fiction, my heart is still hurting by this story's events. I guess it's because I know that it very well could be true. Something like this could have happened during this period. It hurts. Every part of this book hurts. But it is so enriching, so educational. I had no idea that France had such a roll in the Holocaust as they did.

Another reason I probably loved this book so is that I have always had an intense interest in this part of history. My grandma loves history and now I realize how odd it is, being that I am grown with children, but I can remember my grandma telling me all about World War II, the Holocaust, that awful man Hitler, and everything she had ever learned about that time when I was a little girl. She always talked about it. I guess the things she had learned and the stories she had heard really affected her, because she made sure I knew all about it.

I loved this book and I recommend it to all. Even if you're not big on sad stories, I think this is a story everyone needs to read, due to it's historical value. I can't imagine that Europe accepted what went on during that time. It hurts my heart so much to think about it.

I know I'll read this book again in the future, it's just that kind of book.


  1. I cannot wait to read this one. I have wanted to get into it from the first time it showed up on here!

  2. I just got this one from the library! Maybe I'll start it next.

  3. I just want to put it out there that this story is tormenting me. I'm now googling the locations this story focused on and seeing pictures of beautiful families that were just tormented and murdered and it's literally killing me. I feel so hormonal or something, because I'm looking at almost 70 year old pictures of these people and families with tears just falling like rivers. I find it so hard to accept that this horrendous mass murdering is part of our history.

  4. I've had my eye on this one for a while too! I actually got to visit a concentration camp when I was in Germany the summer before my Sr. year. Talk about heart-breaking. These are the kinds of stories that just stay in your heart. I can't wait to read it!

  5. Wow, Alynn, that is amazing. I would love to do that.

  6. Candace, have you ever been to the Holocaust museum in DC? It's one of those places that I think everyone should go to so we will never forget what happened. It's a very powerful visit.

  7. Finished this one last week! Loved it!!!!


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