Wednesday, March 20

War-Torn Heart {Review} + Pearl Harbor Unit

War-Torn Heart (Allison Wells)

Abigail Walker, a young woman from rural South Carolina, is on the cusp of womanhood, aching to be able to run wild as the younger children do, yet yearning for things she has yet to understand.  Awkward and unsure of herself, Abby is flustered when she meets Harvey Nicholas, a cadet from Clemson College. As summer begins, Abby finds herself constantly in the company of Harvey and falling quickly in love with him.

As rumors of war begin to reach the States, Abby begins to fear what may come for her older brother and Harvey.  Once Pearl Harbor is bombed, the boys are eager to protect their home and the women they love. But will Abby and Harvey's love be able to withstand distance, rumors, loss, and hurt? Or will the war be what tears apart Abby's heart?  War-Torn Heart is a kleenex-box book with a story of hope, of love, and of perseverance through World War II, which will make the reader cry, scream, and long for more.

Our thoughts...
As an adult, I really enjoyed the story.  The characters had some depth, and the novel showed many different perspectives on the war, both from a soldier's point of view and from the homefront.  Some of the novel was predictable, but there was a few twists.  The author does a good job of setting the scene in 1940s South Carolina, and I could feel that I was on the road trip from Greenville to Charleston.  The one thing I took issue to was this -- it is a novel targeted at a teen audience, but there are many graphic scenes (not sex scenes, just graphically romantic) throughout the novel.  Removing, or downplaying, them would not have affected the plot or story at all, and so I wonder why they were included.  As a parent, I would say that this is only for the maturest of teens, and probably not a story that boys would be interested in anyway.  Again, as an adult, I enjoyed the book.

Visit the World War 2 Christmas unit study, hosted at Gypsy Road.

Make / Do
Define / Identify
  • Battleship Row
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • U.S.S. Arizona
  • Japan
  • Hawaii
  • Hong Kong
  • Guam
  • Philippine Islands
  • Wake Island
  • Midway Island
  • Why do you think President Franklin Roosevelt called the bombing of Pearl Harbor “a date that will live in infamy?”
  • Why was there no declaration of war before the attack?  Why do you thing that Japanese Admiral Yamamoto feared that the attack on Pearl Harbor would eventually be detrimental to Japan’s cause?

1 comment:

  1. Hi there! Author here! I'm not sure why this was listed as YA, but it's not intended as a YA novel. Definitely more for adults. Thanks so much!