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A Review of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr—Milo Schmitt

If anyone is interested in historical fiction with a hint of romance, suspense, and drama–I’m sure they’d love All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It may be considered a bit old now since it was released in 2014, so perhaps people have already read it. However, I had not even heard of the book until recently. I really enjoy history, specifically World War 2 so I had to give it a read. It was an astonishing book with beautiful writing and had enticing story. As I said, it’s a historical book that set during World War 2. The book focuses on a blind French girl, her father, her uncle, a German orphan boy, and his sister. Of course there’s a boy-meets-girl sense of romance. However, the book works on building these characters to be individuals before building romantic relationships. Of course, once they romance takes place, the author did it so well that it felt meant to be, it’s never forced. Since the war is going on, the suspense comes from the danger both these families face. The distinct characters, story, and danger really makes the story mesmerizing. While the French girl, Marie-Laure, and her family spend their time running away from the war, the orphan boy, Werner, must go through the heart of the war before he meets Marie-Laure. As soon as their stories converge, it fits together like a puzzle. The artful story leaves you with a sense of horror, heartbreak, and most of all–wonder. As cliché as it is, it’s true. This good read is worth a shot.

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