Rating: 4/5 stars.
My four-star rating of this book shows how subjective my taste is and reveals how my reviews reflect nothing but my personal opinion. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (I know, it’s long) follows Juliet Ashton, a budding author who decides to write her second book about the island of Guernsey. Guernsey was occupied by Germans during World War II, and when Juliet goes there to meet its inhabitants and learn about its history, she gets more than what she bargained for. Perhaps, though, a change of scenery from living in London will do her good.
In the college application process, I’ve had to answer questions like “describe yourself in two words” or “what three words would you use to describe yourself best”? I always think to myself, well, this is ludicrous – how can I describe the entirety of my being with only two or three words? However, when it comes to this book by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, two or three words does suffice: sweet, innocent, and light. There were a lot of dark subjects in this story, as one might expect when reading a book that even slightly deals with the Holocaust. There were touching aspects too, like the death of Kit’s mother or the homosexuality of one of the main characters. All of these themes could have been more developed, as I felt like Shaffer and Barrows skimmed the surface but did not delve deeply enough.
Overall, a cute little book narrated in epistolary format. Not a serious work of literature, but a piece of brain candy that will have you sighing in contentment and maybe even swooning a little by its close.