Year 2, Book 74

74. Zlata’s Diary by Zlata Filipovic
The diary written by a teenager in Bosnia during the war there in the 90’s. It was an interesting look into how a war you don’t understand being fought over political problems that you don’t care about can ruin your once normal life. It was really interesting to me to read the first part of the diary that was written before the war. I always had a tendency to picture people in Bosnia as poor and living a completely different life than me, which is completely not true. The author of the diary is 2 years younger than I am and was pretty much living a similar life as me when the war started. She was watching the same TV shows and movies, dreaming of the same actors and rock stars we all liked here. It made me realize how lucky I am to be living where I am, and how quickly things out of your control can bring your life as you know it to a halt. The one thing it didn’t do was really shed any light for me on what the war over there was really about. I myself was only in middle school when the war started, and as such although I remember it going on I didn’t pay any attention to what was really going on or what it was about. I was kind of hoping that the book would give me a little more insight. I give it a 7 out of 10.

One thought on “Year 2, Book 74

  1. 5th graders

    We got that book for free from the book fair a few years ago; several of my higher level 5th grade readers have read it and really enjoyed it.

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