Escape from Aleppo (hardcover)
by N.H. Senzai
Escape From Aleppo is about a girl named Nadia who lived a fairly cushioned life in Aleppo prior to the Syrian Civil War. She is very concerned with her chipped nail polish and reminisces about times when she watched Syrian Idol and talked about how pretty she was. Now, she finds herself alone after her building is bombed. She searches for her family and is angry about being left behind, but is determined to find them. Luckily, she meets an old man who helps keep her safe and agrees to take her to the Turkish border to meet her dad. She also learns a lot about her priorities and herself when she has to be brave and make tough choices before reaching safety.
What I liked about this book was that I got to learn about what is going on in world I will likely never visit. I have visited Turkey during a time of peace, but I will probably never see a war torn country like Syria. It gave me an inside look at what it’s like to live during a war, from the viewpoint of a child in that city. I also learned a lot about the city and the devastation of the infrastructure, relics, families, and sanity.
What I didn’t like about this book was that it dragged on and on and on at parts. It took me much longer than it should have. I started to question whether it was really a children’s book, because it gave so much detail about what was going on politically, and I didn’t think kids would be interested at all. It left out a lot of the gruesome details, which I appreciated, but I don’t think kids would be able to relate to the story, and would have to invest in the main character to appreciate it.
Book 72 of 40
(Book 38 of 2018)