This one was a toughie. Reading books about war, especially the current war, have gotten quite difficult since my husband enlisted in the military and fights for our country. Reading about death overseas and the combat zones and the pure horrors that go on daily is definitely not easy for me, but I love Walter Dean Myers and wanted to make a true effort to read his latest, Sunrise Over Fallujah. Myers took the subject of Operation Iraqi Freedom and wrote with an insight that has yet to be matched, not surprising to me at all! A great book, just be careful about the subject matter, at times it gets pretty brutal.
Robin's parents expect him to go to college after high school, but in the aftermath of September 11th and the terrorist attacks on the United States, he feels it's his duty to serve in the Army. After completing basic training, Robin is deployed to Iraq and the front lines of the war, witnessing horror after horror, most of which will never make the news back in the States. He attempts to constantly remain positive in his letters back home, not mentioning the heartbreak he's experiencing, not wanting to scare his family with the constant danger he is in.
It's really hard to read such a realistic novel about such a young man entering a war zone and having to suffer through months and months, losing his innocence completely. That being said, Myers does an absolutely terrific job of conveying emotions and creating characters that feel like real individuals. As scary as parts of this book are, they are the true reality for so many people.
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