Between Shades of Gray Essay

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Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys was an easy-read and interesting book. It all started in 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina is preparing for school. Then one night, the Soviet secret police barge into her home without any word. “It wasn't a knocking. It was an urgent booming that made me jump in my chair. Fists pounded on our front door. No one stirred inside the house. I left my desk and peered out into the hallway. My mother stood flat against the wall facing our framed map of Lithuania, her eyes closed and her face pulled with an anxiety I had never seen. She was praying.” (pg.) The Soviets deported her along with her mother and brother. Lina's father on the other hand was sentenced to death in a prison camp. As they were taken to Siberia Lina fights for her life, fearless, continuously saying that if she survives she will honor her family, and others that went through the same struggle to survive. It is a long and difficult journey, and it is only their when unforgettable strength, love, and hope that will pull Lina and her family through the desperate times. Although the book wasn't challenging, it taught me a lot about myself. Such as, my lack of determination, mental toughness, and my selfishness. These are things that I had realized prier to this book, but never really tried figuring out how to change them. These things aren't something I'm proud of, but I don't seem to have as much self esteem. The first thing Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys taught me about myself was that I am a lot more selfish than I realized. I thought I was very considerate, but turns out im not nearly as close as Lina was. As continued on reading this book, I began to realize if I was in the situation to live or die, I would put myself before someone else. I wouldn't want to die because I was helping someone else live. In the book, Lina's Mother, “Mother gave

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