Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray

Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Un...

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Title:Between Shades of Gray
Author:Ruta Sepetys
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:Between Shades of Gray
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:344 pages pages

Between Shades of Gray Reviews

  • Elyse Walters
    Feb 08, 2019
    Thank you Lisa.... and many others on Goodreads. For some reason because I had read the book ?Salt to Sea?, by Ruta Sepetys, years ago - an engrossing WWII about a devastating tragedy - I had a pre-conceived thought that this book was either an extension - or wouldn?t be much d...
  • Maggie Stiefvater
    Jul 04, 2011
    This is not a pretty book. Even though I found this novel exceptionally well-written, it was not a pleasure to read. It?s about Lithuanians displaced to Siberian work camps during World War II. It was pretty unflinchingly brutal, but here?s why I think you ought to read it: 1...
  • Maxwell
    Apr 28, 2018
    This is such a powerful story, and a subject that I knew nothing about. Most people know about the atrocities of Hitler's reign, especially those perpetrated against Jewish people. But in this novel Sepetys examines the lesser known genocide of hundreds of thousands of Lithuanians, and...
  • Dem
    Mar 03, 2011
    Wow! what a great read. This is a story very simply told about a Lithuanian Family sent to the Soviet work camps during the time of Stalin and the second world war. The horrors of what this family and so many ordinary families endured during the reign of Stalin is shocking and I am gla...
  • Jillian
    May 30, 2016
    These writings may shock or horrify you, but that is not my intention. It is my greatest hope that the pages in this jar stir your deepest well of human compassion. I hope they prompt you to do something, to tell someone. Only then can we ensure that this kind of evil is never allowe...
  • Ari
    Mar 30, 2011
    'Now my heart sank into my stomach where the bile began to chew it.' Step on my heart, cut it wide open, rub it with salt and feed it to the sharks.. Or just make me read this book, because this is how it feels like reading this story. How can I call ?wonderful? a book ...
  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
    Aug 17, 2011
    Exactly a year before, the Soviets have begun moving troops over the borders into the country. Then, in August, Lithuania was officially annexed into the Soviet Union. When I complained at the dinner table, Papa yelled at me and told me to never, ever say anything derogatory about the ...
  • Jamie
    Jan 01, 2011
    Well done, Ruta Sepetys! A great book. Heartbreaking, but nicely written. This book is a novel, but is actually based on history, during WWII. this story is written from the perspective of a teenager named Lina. she and her family are taken from their home in Lithuania by the Soviets...
  • Emily May
    Feb 10, 2011
    Um... so I'm a bit torn on this one but I'm going to rate it 3.5 stars. I think what made it worse was all the bloody hype (like with Matched) that made me think this was going to blow my mind and it kind of just, well, didn't. It was an interesting history lesson. My knowledge...
  • Lora
    Dec 20, 2010
    Actual rating: 4.5 stars As soon as I saw this video, I knew I had to read this novel. Between Shades of Gray isn't the type of book I'd normally read, but I'm extremely glad that I decided to read it. Lina is a very strong and courageous character. Despite the situation Lina is ...
  • Angela M
    Sep 07, 2015
    I was so taken by the story of Lina and her family and all of the others that came to life here as they were deported from their homes in Lithuania, by Stalin's Russians to a work camp in Siberia. It's a devastatingly sad story of fictional characters but what makes it even more heartb...
  • Elana
    Apr 24, 2011
    (Edit, July 9, 2016: I was a pretentious 16-year-old when I wrote this review, lol. I'm 21 now and I'll be going back to edit it periodically.) Let me justify my seemingly harsh rating. First things first, let me provide you with some (probably not necessitated) background into my i...
  • Margitte
    Jan 06, 2017
    I have been reading books about the Siberian experience through many years, written by either survivors or observers. Each time I am confronted with the absolute horror of the people's destinies, I want to lash out and scream until someone would listen and make amends. Scream! Scream! ...
  • Phrynne
    Feb 09, 2016
    This is an extraordinary book and I am so pleased to have read it. It deals with a subject I knew very little about, it has no introduction and it has the tiniest of conclusions. The bulk of the book is about human endurance in unbearable conditions and it is amazing. Surprisingly, des...
  • Samantha
    Feb 07, 2017
    I think I may have made a mistake reading this on audio, as I didn't find it as compelling as most. I found the narrators tone very off from themes of the story, which left me separated from it. This largely unknown history was very interesting and tragic, by I didn't feel the close co...
  • jessica
    Oct 25, 2018
    ruta sepetys has stated that when survivors are gone, we have the obligation to not let the truth disappear with them. that we need to give them a voice. and i think she does that so perfectly with this novel. what i really appreciated about this book in particular was the awareness...
  • Sasha Alsberg
    Jan 16, 2017
    Really loved this book and it's story because I personally have never heard about this side of the war before and I'm so grateful I know about it now. ...
  • Hirdesh
    Mar 27, 2017
    ?I tried to sketch but couldn?t. When I started to draw, the pencil moved by itself, propelled by something hideous that lived inside of me.? Oh my goodness ! Perfect Historical fiction book. It's more than my expectations and quite contemplate with "The Thousand splendid sun...
  • Lola
    Mar 07, 2017
    I don?t know what the educational plan looks like in other Canadian provinces ? it should be quite similar to Quebec?s ? but where I went to high school we learned so little about the social consequences of World War II, so I?m grateful I have books like BETWEEN SHADES OF GRA...
  • Matthew
    May 26, 2015
    Powerful! Tough to read, but an interesting take on a part of history we hear little about. I have seen lots of reviews where people feel this book ends abruptly (maybe spoiler-ish stuff ahead), but I felt like it was showing that all they needed was someone to show them some compas...
  • ``Laurie Henderson
    Feb 04, 2017
    If you enjoy historical fiction or young adult books I think you'll be interested in reading this one. "Between Shades of Gray" brings to light a period of WW2 history that has been overlooked or forgotten; set in the Baltic countries of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. Before the 2n...
  • Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
    Aug 07, 2014
    What a powerfully poignant story. Really unexpected and unique, but so so important. Video review to come! ...
  • grace
    Feb 14, 2016
    Finished this in a couple sittings. What a blow to the heart. So beautiful, devastating, and important. ...
  • emma
    Jul 07, 2014
    sure whatever i didn't need the remaining scraps of my heart to be operational a n y w a y this, like the other ruta sepetys book i've read, Salt to the Sea, focuses on an extremely tragic historical event that is semi-forgotten, or at least not discussed often enough. in this case,...
  • Nicole
    Oct 26, 2015
    ?Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch.? 4.5 stars What a touching story! World War II brought misery to the world, it's common knowledge; However, what isn't though is how the life of the residents of the...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Feb 10, 2017
    Hope * Survival * Love * Faith Well that was another enlightening, emotional, and an absolutely awesome 5* read! BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by RUTA SEPETYS is a deeply moving, compelling, heart-wrenching, and a powerful read which is beautifully written that captured my heart from t...
  • Tabetha
    May 04, 2015
    Rating 4.5 Review: "'NKVD officers are walking by the train with rifles,' I said. 'There are some men in dark suits looking at the train cars.' We felt a jolt and the train began to move. 'There's luggage everywhere,' I said. 'And lots of food on the platform.' People groaned. T...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    May 16, 2016
    4.5 stars! ...
  • Amalia Gavea
    Sep 17, 2016
    I will not go into the details of the story, nor will I offer my opinion regarding the events described. This is hardly the place for me to do something like that. Instead, I will comment upon how Ruta Sepetys' novel made me feel. I cannot remember the last time I cried over a nove...
  • Barbie
    Mar 22, 2019
    My thoughts in a nutshell Between Shades of Gray is a harrowing read. My thoughts will be shorter this time because I couldn't say anything about this horrid occasion. :-( The story is about? Skip over this point if you don't like the sneak peek. A Lithuanian girl Lina a...