Review of "Not My Turn to Die: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia" (2008, AMACOM Books, New York) written by Jessica Schneider in Blogcritics:
The story in Not My Turn to Die is told in a very straightforward, matter-of-fact approach. The narrative moves quickly, yet the pages aren't filled with rhapsodizing, poetic prose, but is spare in its manner, and the dialogue serves more as an exchange of information rather than the development of character quirks.
Yet, this isn't necessarily a bad thing, since the book does provide readers with a first hand account of what went on during those times, and certainly for that purpose, the book succeeds.
Because those years are not that long ago, most of us have a vivid memory of what those times were like. I recall hearing about the struggles going on in Bosnia, but to me then, it was more of an abstraction, since I was too busy with my own adolescence to really take it all in. Now, after reading this, I clearly was in my own little American bubble, as we often are.
Many of the events described in this book are not far off from what many experienced during the major World Wars: killing, hunger, living in hiding, horrible sanitation, and humiliation, just to name a few.
Not My Turn to Die: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia is a book that you will likely read through quickly. I did so in just two sittings, and it's a story for anyone interested in this violent time that many have overlooked.
After all, what better history lesson is there then a first hand account?
More info about the book at SavoHeleta.com