THE DETAILS ● UNLIKELY PENPALS ● A JAPANESE AMERICAN BOY --ALEX MAKI ● A FRENCH JEWISH GIRL --CHARLIE LEVY ● WWII BACKDROP --LOTS OF WAR SCENES ● INTERNMENT CAMP FOR JAPANESE AMERICANS ● JEWISH CONCENTRATION CAMPS
If you like stories based on WWII then you should really read/listen to this...it gave me some Between Shades of Gray vibes...although it didn't quite deliver the feels that BSOG did, it really shined from an educational point of view. It was enlightening, with the hate that his family endured from their hometown to the bus ride to Manzanar, the war scenes and, the atrocities of the concentration camps. I never really knew about the camp for Japanese-Americans...I may have learned about it in school, but it's been a while since I was in school.
Told mainly from the POV of Alex Maki...this is really his story. Charlie Levy is just a significant part of it...so is his family, especially his brother, the internment camps, and lastly the war itself. The war scenes did get a little monotonous for me...because I just wanted more Charley. Overall though...this is totally worth the read/listen.
The narration by Emily Ellet was phenomenal, she did a bubbly teenage french girl really well. I wish she would've had more parts in the story. Greg Chun as the Japanese-American boy was really well performed for the most part, too. His yelling-voice was really awkward and there are several instances where he does that, especially once he enlists.