Rated Reads

In My Enemy’s House

by Carol Matas

Rated: Mild

This book gives the reader a different twist to the World War II story: a young, blond Jewish girl from Poland uses her looks to take on a new identity as a Christian Pole. The story of how Marisa gets to that point and the life she lives as a “non-Jew” is an intimate look at German society during the war.

I liked the book and yet it seemed to skim the surface. I wanted a bit more “oomph” or something. There were scenes of brutality but somehow I never got the emotion I would’ve expected, although the main character was believable, for the most part. Marisa was a conflicted character, the time and place felt very well researched, and the book itself presents an interesting case for keeping love in your heart during extremely challenging circumstances. I think for younger teens, this is a good choice for Holocaust fiction.

Rated: Mild (for younger readers), for scenes of violence and potentially upsetting subject matter. It would be “none” for adults.

— Reviewed by Corinne Edwards

Corinne Edwards is always happiest when a book is in her hand. If her current read needs to be closed for a short time, either in her backpack while she leads her three rambunctious children on adventures, or on her nightstand while she sleeps, that's okay too. Her book thoughts and reviews land at her bookish blog, The Book Nest.

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  • In My Enemy’s House
  • by Carol Matas
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Young adult
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