Thank you to Renia’s sister, you are taken into the life of Renia Spiegel and her life during the Nazi and Soviet occupations of Poland. This is truly a diary of a teenage girl with all of her infatuations, girlfriend relationships, etc. But her angst over being separated from her mother and her fears as the Nazis began the intense persecution of the Jews in her town.
Renia’s poetry was beautiful, sad, and touching. Though I think some of the wording was lost in translation. I know some people do not bother reading an epilogue. But in this book, it is extremely important to read this. In fact, I think it would help the reader to read it BEFORE reading the actual book. It will allow you to understand what was happening in Ariana, Renia’s sister, and Renia’s lives.
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.