In the first pages I was hooked like a fish drawn to a sparkling lure. Page after page held quotable lines that drew me into her story. It did take me a dozen pages to figure out the bouncing back and forth between time lines and characters. I actually re read the first pages to orientate myself about 50 pages in. Once I saw the changes in font it was easier to keep it straight.
The story is so believable I had to keep reminding myself it is fiction. Her writing style builds the characters who all very flawed to a point I felt emotionally connected. I made a list of quotable lines so as not to forget them and laughed at the snarky humor of the main character, Sage. I felt the anger and disgust she felt as she heard Joseph confess his story to her. I came to realize the parallels of her baking and her grandmothers journal to the real tragedies of the Holocaust; what people will do to protect their families and to keep the past from dictating the future. I thought I knew where the story would end but was surprised with the twists. The Storyteller is a book I know I will read again and again.
- ISBN 978-1-4391-0276-3
- 5 star rating
- PG for subject matter, graphic descriptions of killing Jews
- I recommend this book for mature teens and adults
This week on Bound by Books Link Up I fell in love with the idea of a Book Club Party for kids at Overstuffed. It is complete from an age appropriate book to snacks and a craft. After I showed it to my 8 year old grand we started planning a book party of our own.