What I Loved: This is a somewhat short book at 120 pages and those 120 pages were filled with a wonderful and amazing story of strength, determination, and Choices. JE Laufer writes her family’s story with such love and passion, you cannot help, but to be drawn in. The book does not have down time, each chapter, each sentence is meaningful to the story, making it a page-turning, wonderful book.
How I Felt: I did not really know anything about this part of history. I was so pulled into the story and my heart beat faster as the family tried to escape, running towards safety. My heart broke when something would go wrong, and I was elated when something would go right. I was so pleased to see that the end of the book held photos again of people in this story, and it was so nice to connect faces with the names. My only wish was that this was a bit longer so I could stay immersed in the story longer.
To Read or Not To Read: Everyone can read this book. It’s perfect for young adults as it is short and there are characters that they can relate to. It’s perfect for adults that enjoy stories of family, survival, and history.
What’s This Book About Anyway?
JE Laufer was just 2 years old when her parents decided to attempt fleeing Hungary to gain freedom in another country. Once the decision is made, there isn’t much time, they must pack one small bag, and go. The book takes the reader through their escape, giving a glimpse into the difficulty and terror that comes with making such a daring move.
Laufer’s mother was a Jewish refugee, liberated from a concentration camp, and there are moments where Kati, her mother, reflects on those memories. The fear she feels, 12 years after she was saved from the Nazi’s, shows during moments of her escape from Budapest.
Once the family has made it across the border, their struggle for survival is not yet over. They must find food, shelter, and a path to their new lives. Choices is a beautiful tribute to JE Laufer’s family, their struggles, decisions, and sacrifices to make a better life.
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This book was provided to me by the publisher, Little Egg Publishing, in exchange for my honest review.
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