Book Review: Among the Survivors by Ann Z Leventhal

Brief synopsis : Karla is the daughter of a Jewish immigrant - a survivor of the Holocaust. She works as a maid for high end clie...




Brief synopsis: Karla is the daughter of a Jewish immigrant - a survivor of the Holocaust. She works as a maid for high end clients and takes art courses at NYU. When she meets the owner of a lovely variety of artwork, she knows wooing him could change her life, and maybe help her figure out who she really is.

Among the Survivors was cringe-worthy. Karla was full of self-pity and basically could only see herself in terms of how others saw her. The timeline was very confusing - chapters would jump 10 years, then fall flat, then jump three years. I never understand how much time was lapsing or really what was going on.

I did not enjoy this book in the slightest. It was slow, the characters were unlikeable, there was too much left out. I was honestly never on board with the story. Something else that drove me up the wall is that a lot of the dialogue did not make sense. For example, if someone said one thing, the response didn't make sense with what was originally said.

I hate to say a book is bad - literature is literature, writers are artists who give their all in writing their stories. What I will say is this book was not for me. I did not find it enjoyable, and I wouldn't read other novels from this author.

Overall, this novel is about self-discovery. It's unapologetic.

It just isn't for me.










Thanks so much to Booksparks for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. Make sure to check out Booksparks Fall Reading Challenge to catch a ton of new books this fall.

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