The Life Before Us/ Emile Ajar

La vie devant soi - Romain Gary, Émile Ajar

3.5 stars


I had to read this book for school this summer, and while all my friend moaned and complained, I read this book in a day and found myself actually liking it. 


It was mostly a sad read, but with a frankness that was as refreshing as it was shocking, and an unapologetic point of view that only a kid that lives in chaos can express. 


sometimes it was a bit repetitive, but I guess that is because the story is told by a child. While for some readers it can be a flat, boring book, those who look deeper can see the aftermath of the holocaust, the struggles of a prostitute's child's life in France, the Islamic's fight to fit into society and the devastating reality of a child who is trapped in all of that. 


This book's characters are strong ones. they rose from the ashes after everything life's thrown their way. They each cope in a different way, and still find the place in their heart for love, loyalty and hope. 


I didn't LOVE the writing itself, and not much happened actually, which is why I gave this 3.5 stars, but nevertheless, I think it's a great book for anyone to read (I would rate this 13+ maybe, because of drugs and prostitutes, but nothing major happened concerning THEM, the end of the book however, is very sad and,,, shocking, so you really should decide for yourselves. 


Read it, and let me know what YOU think!

Georgie xxxxxx