Girl at War
by Sara Nović
Summary: Growing up in Zagreb in the summer of 1991, 10-year-old Ana Juric is a carefree tomboy; she runs the streets with her best friend, Luka, helps take care of her baby sister, Rahela, and idolizes her father. But when civil war breaks out across Yugoslavia, football games and school lessons are supplanted by sniper fire and air raid drills.
The brutal ethnic cleansing of Croats and Bosnians tragically changes Ana's life, and she is lost to a world of genocide and child soldiers; a daring escape plan to America becomes her only chance for survival. Ten years later she returns to Croatia, a young woman struggling to belong to either country, forced to confront the trauma of her past and rediscover the place that was once her home.
Girl at War was one of my top books of 2015 (and just one of my favourite books in general) -- it was one of those books that got under my skin and made itself at home, made my heart ache in the best and worst of ways. It shows a gruesome part of our recent history that isn't talked about much, at least not amongst my generation or younger but it's one of those stories that should be told and should be remembered.
I really loved it, is what I'm trying to say. And I want more people to read it, so to celebrate the release of the UK paperback edition (released on the 24th of March), I'll be doing a giveaway of the new paperback edition.
The giveaway is international (so long as The Book Depository ships to you) and will be open until the 31st of March and the winner will have until the 3rd of April to get back to me with the address they'd like the book sent to.