Fifteen-year-old Julien Losier just wants to fit in. But after his family moves to a small village in central France in hopes of outrunning the Nazis, he is suddenly faced with bigger challenges than the taunting of local teens.
Nina Krenkel left her country to obey her father’s dying command: Take your brother and leave Austria. Burn your papers. Tell no one you are Jews. Alone and on the run, she arrives in Tanieux, France, dangerously ill and in despair.
Thrown together by the chaos of war, Julien begins to feel the terrible weight of the looming conflict and Nina fights to survive. As France falls to the Nazis, Julien struggles with doing what is right, even if it is not enough-and wonders whether or not he really can save Nina from almost certain death.
Based on the true story of the town of Le Chambon-the only French town honored by Israel for rescuing Jews from the Holocaust-How Huge the Night is a compelling, coming-of-age drama that will keep teens turning the pages as it teaches them about a fascinating period of history and inspires them to think more deeply about their everyday choices.
I’m supposed to post a review of this today as part of the blog tour but I’m not finished. I’m struggling to get through this one. I’m not sure if it is the book or the fact that this has been a crazy week and I’m worn out so I keep falling asleep while reading.
I usually give a book 50 pages to hook me and then quit if I haven’t connected to the characters. I’ve made it much further than that but I’m still not connected or hooked, however I am actually enjoying what I read and it seems to be an accurate portrayal of life during World War 2 so I’m going to finish the book to see how it all turns out. I’ve read a lot of historical fiction about WWII & Jews in hiding in the past so perhaps the novelty of the subject has just worn off for me.
Rating: currently 3.5 stars but may change depending on the ending
Source: Review copy from Kregel