I thought the reader got the essence of the author and I forgot that I wasn't listening to a young woman telling her own story. The story of conservative religion affecting young teenagers mixed with racial intolerance tell the story of our similiar South African experience with that era.
I found Julia's candidness regarding her own personal journey most affecting as well as the relationship with her brother, David. There were moments when I groaned aloud at the abuses that happened to both of them.
I could not stop listening.
I loved the similarity to my own growing up in a racially intolerant society - one that didn't understand teenagers at all and spent no time in changing that attitude.
She afforded the mother a sharp, intolerant voice that I may not have been as affected by. She brought Julia to life through her complimenting the excitement, or sadness with her tone of voice.
There were many because she took me back to me being a teenager. I think that every time the love that Julia had for David was related, it reminded me of the relationships that one has with one's siblings in an environment when children are trying to survive - when on the outside everything looks perfect.
I have just bought her other book. Julia fascinated me so much with her amazing resilience and her love for her brother.
The author relayed exactly what it was like for these young soldiers to experience a war that many did not believe in but felt torn / obligated to participate in to defend their personal honour and their country. It was so insightful and the anguish was so palpable. Each character introduced came alive. It was brutal in that I had to compare the decisions that my own son would have to make.
I listened to this book twice in succession to just get everything and not miss a single section. If I had to choose, it would be where the author tries to flee to Canada and meets up with the old man who helped him make his decision. How eternally grateful I would be if I was a parent of this son and had this man guide my boy through this terrible and emaotional time.
This book is one of the most profound audible experiences I have had.
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