Not Just for your Parents (3)

While I primarily read YA fiction these days I do enjoy some adult fiction every once in a while. This monthly feature will look at some of the adult fiction I am reading and examine its appeal for those who prefer Young Adult literature.

Night by Elie Wiesel

Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to the Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. Night is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel’s memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evil of man.

This is a good fit for those who enjoy non-fiction biography and/or war stories. Wiesel writes a grippingly painful account of his time at Auschwitz and his experience as a teenage Jew during World War 2. Those who enjoy learning about the Holocaust will greatly appreciate this book. While the scenes are horrific, the story is touching. Those who enjoy an emotional connection with a character will be drawn to young Elie’s struggles and reflections. That fact that he himself is a teenager will appeal to readers as he reflects on his experiences of losing his family and leaving home. This is perhaps one of the most honest things I have ever read and it is by far one of my favorite books of all time.

YA Connection:  The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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