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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Death Coming Up the Hill (YA)

Book #87 Read in 2014
Death Coming Up the Hill by Chris Crowe (YA)

This is a verse novel about the Vietnam War.  It follows 17 year old Ashe and how his world is changing.  His mother is protesting the war; his father supports it.  His girlfriend is more along the political lines of his mother but her brother is fighting in the war so it affects her greatly.  Ashe watches the marriage of his parents fall apart and feels helpless in so many ways....while the backdrop of this story details the weekly number of those killed in the war, racial tensions etc.  

I read this book in one sitting.  The verse format flows well and sort of keeps the book from being overwhelming with such a heavy topic.  I would recommend it to high school students, especially boys who are reluctant readers.  I received a copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for a honest review.

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