Summary:World War II, 1942. A court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for service.
Three girls sign up to fight. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman are average girls, girls with dreams and aspirations. Each has her own reasons for volunteering. Not one expects to see actual combat. Not one expects to be on the front lines.
These three daring young women will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. They will fight the greatest war the world has ever known.
Hate. The word alone made Rio queasy. How do you hate someone you’ve never met? Weren’t the Germans just soldiers doing what they were supposed to do? How could she kill someone like that?
Front Lines takes a unique and eye-opening perspective on World War Two – the likes of which I haven’t ever before in a YA book before.
Front Lines is an alternate history where the Supreme Court has created a law that allows women to serve in World War Two. The story follows three girls – Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman – as they enlist in the most brutal war history has ever known.
Each of these three girls are written wonderfully. They each display remarkable courage, intelligence, and perseverance in the face of impossible odds, and it’s hard not to root for them.
What’s truly wonderful about this book is how it discusses sexism, racism, and religious prejudice – topics that are still rampant in our society today. Grant discusses these topics honestly and thoughtfully, in a way that makes everything linger in your mind for long after you’ve finished the story.
While I didn’t connect to the story emotionally as much as I wish I could have, I still found it to be an eye-opening and well-written read. Fans of Code Name Verity or The Book Thief are going to love this.
You heal a soldier in a war, and he goes off next thing to take another man’s life. How then do you avoid responsibility for that death?