When I Was A Soldier

When I Was A Soldier

A Memoir

Book - 2005
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What is it like to be a young woman in a war?

At a time when Israel is in the news every day and politics in the Middle East are as complex as ever before, this story of one girl's experience in the Israeli national army is both topical and fascinating. Valerie begins her story as she finishes her exams, breaks up with her boyfriend, and leaves for service with the Israeli army. Nothing has prepared her for the strict routines, grueling marches, poor food, lack of sleep and privacy, or crushing of initiative that she now faces. But this harsh life has excitement, too, such as working in a spy center near Jerusalem and listening in on Jordanian pilots. Offering a glimpse into the life of a typical Israeli teen, even as it lays bare the relentless nature of war, Valerie's story is one young readers will have a hard time forgetting.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books, c2005
ISBN: 9781582349787
Branch Call Number: 956.94054 ZEN
Characteristics: 235 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Hunter, Adriana


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BostonPL_JordanD Aug 04, 2015

(Book 5 of 8 of my 2015 Summer Reading book reviews.)

Title/Author: When I Was a Soldier by Valerie Zenatti

Read by: Anna, Teen Central Librarian

Summary: The memoir of an 18-year-old girl going into the Israeli Army.

Series/Standalone: Standalone

Genre/sub-genre: Non-Fiction/Memoir

Diversity: Yes.

Relatable characters: Yes.

Would I recommend this to others?: Not really.

Personal thoughts: The way this memoir was written, it seemed as if Valerie Zenatti's two year experience in the Israeli Army was just a stint at a summer camp. It wasn't like any other Army experience I've ever read about. She was given so many chances to go home and spend time with friends and family and she was able to get out of a 15 mile run with her pack by popping the lens out of her glasses and feigning blindness. She got away with it too, which surprised me even more. Over all, I felt like her experience was a walk in the park, when I was expecting something a lot more rough. It was well written, though, and may still inspire or interest other readers, though it did little to interest me.

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BostonPL_JordanD Aug 04, 2015

BostonPL_JordanD thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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