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The War That Saved My Life: Book Review

Hi everyone! Welcome to Blogging With Reese!

This Friday I have decided to write a………………………… book review!

I’m really excited, because, believe it or not, this is actually my first book review, which is shocking since I read so much. Anyway, I have decided to do it on The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley because it’s one of my all-time favourite historical fiction books.

I first read it about 2 years ago and fell in love with it then (not just because the main character’s name is my middle name), for so many reasons!

10-year-old Ada has lived in a one-room flat in London for all of her life. She has never left the flat because of her crippled foot that her abusive mother is ashamed of. All of this suddenly changes with the beginning of World War II. Ada’s brother, Jamie, is told that he must go out to the countryside with the rest of the children in London, because of the possiblity of bombing. Ada’s mother won’t let her go, but Ada manages to get out anyway. She and Jamie escape to the English countryside, where they are placed in the care of lonely Susan Smith, who has been living by herself since her best friend died. At first, Ada is convinced that nobody can ever or will ever love her, but as her new life with Susan continues, she realizes that just because she has a club foot doesn’t mean that she can’t live life like anybody else. After all, ‘My bad foot’s a long way from my brain’.

Some of my favourite parts of the book are:

The main character. Ada is such a great protagonist on so many levels. And the author writes in a way that makes it feel like you’re right there, beside Ada every step of the way. You can feel her heartache, her pain, her joy, everything! And Ada is so strong, so brave, it almost made me cry (and I don’t usually cry when I read)! Especially one specific scene at the end.

The setting. I feel like WWII is a great time in history to put Ada in, rather than just have it in a normal time, beacause Ada is fighting her own personal war too. The fact that it is in the beginning of WWII helps symbolize that Ada is at the beginning of her own war for freedom.

I love everything about this book, and it’s just so hard to put it all in words! I love Butter, Ada’s pony; Jamie’s cat Bovril; Ada’s friendship with Maggie; and most of all, Ada finding herself and realizing that her crippled foot does not define who she is.

I think the message in this book is really powerful, and I recommend this book to everyone, young and old, who like historical fiction!

My rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Have you ever read The War That Saved My Life? Did you like it? Did this review make you want to read it, if you haven’t? Tell me in the comments!


Hi! I'm Reese! I'm 12 years old and a TOTAL bookworm (like, huge). Some of my favourite series are Harry Potter, Keeper Of The Lost Cities, and a bazillion other ones (the list is too long to write down). When I'm not reading - which isn't very often - I'm either writing, practicing my photography, or attempting to learn gymnastics by myself. Oh yeah, and I got watercolour paints a while ago, so I'm also painting! I am Canadian, but my family and I travel all around the world! I've been to 13 different countries so far!

49 thoughts on “The War That Saved My Life: Book Review

  1. Thanks for your review and yes I simply adored this book! It was my first intro to historical fiction and the amount of love between the characters really stuck with me. 😊

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      1. Ah I have read A Night Divided! I didn’t know much so I was so intrigued about digging a big hole to cross over… I’ll check Words on Fire out, thanks so much! 😊

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  2. Oh my gosh, I’ve read this book it is so good! One of the best books I’ve read actually. I also recommend Bridge to Terabithia if you haven’t already read it.

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