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Book Review: Audacity

Title: Audacity
Author: Melanie Crowder
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
Reviewer: Julia

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Hello, everyone! First of all, how do you all like our new look? The old one was a little too dark and we wanted something more "light" and "fresh". So say good-bye to the old pink flowers and hello to this new gray-purple-blue theme! (I think of it as the "Iceberg Theme".)

Anyway, moving on, I don't know if you recall, but about three weeks ago I published a post on this book: "Quotes: Audacity", and has somehow hit #1 for this month's most popular posts, so thank-you for that! It shared a few of my favorite quotes from this lovely book. I quickly finished the book after writing the post, so now I am writing a review on it!

One of the reasons why I loved this book so much was because...

It is written in free verse! When books are written in free verse they are always so beautiful! The same goes for this book. I always love to read the poems and to think about them (there is usually something more behind poems). I also liked to notice the patterns in the lines of free verse.

Clearly, the structure of the book certainly made it much more enjoyable for me. Still, I liked it for other reasons, such as the story itself. The book is about Clara Lemlich, who is a determined young Jewish woman. In the beginning of the novel, she lives in Russia with her family. She plays the role that is expected of her, but secretly works on her studies and hopes of something more. When she moves to America with her family, she doesn't give up on her dreams. America is a place where her dreams and hopes can become a reality. But when she finally finds herself in the place where her dreams can become a reality and she can finally win her battle, she is consumed by a different fight.

Not only are the structure and plot of the book wonderful, but the protagonist/narrator of the book is an admirable character. Clara is a hard-worker and very devoted for her cause. She fights for what she believes is right and doesn't back down when things get tough. She is definitely inspiring and someone to remember.

This book certainly makes me more interested in the real Clara. (Yes: this book is based off of a real story.) To think that someone had to go through this is amazing. To think that someone is so devoted and hard-working is simply unimaginable. Even if you won't read this book for the story, please read it as a tribute to the real Clara.

Take a look at another book of taking action, In the Time of the Butterflies.
"This amazing novel is based off of the true story of Las Mariposas: Patria, Minerva, Dede, and Maria Teresa "Mate". The book leads readers through the stories of the four sisters using alternating points of views from their youth to the very end. (Again, this plot also contains deaths.) It is interesting to learn about the different personalities and experiences of the four sisters and see how these affect their viewpoint on the dictatorship and the revolution that is stirring. There's the religious Patria, the determined Minerva, the cautious Dede, and the youngest but helpful sister Mate. However, the work that they do is dangerous, and..." Read more

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  1. I should give this book a read! It sounds like a book I would enjoy!

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