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Check out my review below!
About the Book
This Rebel Heart by Katherine Locke
Release Date: April 5, 2022
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction
A tale set amid the 1956 Hungarian revolution in post-WWII Communist Budapest.
In the middle of Budapest, there is a river. Csilla knows the river is magic. During WWII, the river kept her family safe when they needed it most–safe from the Holocaust. But that was before the Communists seized power. Before her parents were murdered by the Soviet police. Before Csilla knew things about her father’s legacy that she wishes she could forget.
Now Csilla keeps her head down, planning her escape from this country that has never loved her the way she loves it. But her carefully laid plans fall to pieces when her parents are unexpectedly, publicly exonerated. As the protests in other countries spur talk of a larger revolution in Hungary, Csilla must decide if she believes in the promise and magic of her deeply flawed country enough to risk her life to help save it, or if she should let it burn to the ground.
“They accepted all the truths and all the lies and weighted them equally against each other. But some lies outweighed some truths. Some lies were so egregious that refusing to acknowledge them was akin to committing the crime over and over again, every day.”
This book brought to light a part of history I’ve never heard about before. The setting and circumstances were the best part of this novel for me. It was eye opening to learn about the Hungarian Revolution after WWII and I felt the author did a good job of putting us into that time. The pacing was slower but that’s what I expect when it comes to historical fiction novels. To me it felt authentic and the writing style allows you to feel all that was happening.
I found the relationship between Csilla, Tamas, and Azriel to be really interesting and something we don’t see often enough in YA of any genre. I think Polyamory is becoming more accepting in society and I thought that it was done well and tastefully.
Overall I enjoyed this story and would definitely pick up more of their books in the future.
About the Author
Katherine Locke (they/them) lives and writes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with their feline overlords and their addiction to chai lattes. They are the author of The Girl with the Red Balloon, a 2018 Sydney Taylor Honor Book and 2018 Carolyn W. Field Honor Book, as well as The Spy with the Red Balloon, and the forthcoming This Rebel Heart (April 2022). They are the co-editor and contributor to This is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them and Us, which had three starred reviews and made Kirkus Review’s Best Middle Grade of 2021 list, as well as It’s A Whole Spiel: Love, Latkes and Other Jewish Stories. They also contributed to Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens and Out Now: Queer We Go Again. They are the author of picture books Bedtime for Superheroes, What Are Your Words? A Book About Pronouns, and the forthcoming Being Friends with Dragons (February 2022). They can be found online at KatherineLockeBooks.com and @bibliogato on Twitter and Instagram.
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