Hi All! It’s Becky, again I recently listened to the audiobook Allies by Alan Gratz. This book had a lot of good but it also had some aspects that weren’t as good. Here are my thoughts:
Summary: On June 6, 1944, the world was changed when Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy. However, there were many people from all over the world that made up the forces and each have their own story that comes together to make one of the greatest moments in history.
Review: Alan Gratz’s books are crazy popular at my library and I have read many of them and while I appreciate what they are I have never really enjoyed them like our tween patrons do. I decided I was going to really mull over why I never got beyond kind of like with the author’s books. First, I will admit there are parts of this book that were very well done. I liked the overarching idea that allies can be found in unusual places and that anyone can help others to work for something that they really believe in. Gratz really highlighted how anyone can be part of a cause no matter their age. Also, there were a lot of little historical details included in this book that were fascinating. I loved the part about If Day in Winnipeg. However, I did have a few issues with this book. I didn’t the ending which felt like a lot of coincidences had to come together to make the ending work which lessened the realistic storytelling that had driven the book until that point. Also, I didn’t love the third person narrative which made the story emotionally distant and made it more difficult for me to care about the characters. Yet, even though this book wasn’t exactly my cup of tea I can understand why Gratz has so many fans and I am sure those fans will enjoy this book.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5
Want another opinion? Check out Sarah’s review here.
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