** spoiler alert **
I loved the book and how it triggered me to think and unlock emotions I never thought I had.
I did read the reviews and I thought maybe being the idealistic readers all of us are, the ending was not satisfying or clear-cut enough. But the thing about endings… I would have loved a happy and rosy ending but then again, it would have been unrealistic and dissatisfying in an entirely different way, hahaha. I loved this ending because it felt real (except the part where she obtained a doctorate, but okay, that’s the consolation, I suppose) and it was immensely bittersweet. I would be the the kind of reader who enjoys the freedom to decide for myself what is actually going through each person’s mind so that I could replay it and rediscover new things each and every time. So I am pretty comfortable with the ending, and I am glad for the insight into the lives of these two teenagers during the Nazi Occupation. People on my side of the world (Asia) aren’t so familiar with such stories and this book has indeed given me some interesting perspectives to consider. 🙂
(Unedited from my Goodreads review.)