Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty

  • Hardcover: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; 1 edition (June 1, 2002)
  • ISBN-10: 0439148901
  • Author: Ellen Emerson White.
  • Cover art: I like how the series has a photo of a person during the time over a background photo. 
  • Obtained: My personal library
  • Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars

The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews

The brother of an anti-war demonstrator, a young marine is fighting a war no one understands while his sister is fighting on the home front to end the war in Vietnam and bring her brother home.
An agonizing dilemma plagues these brother-sister diarists. He is a Marine stationed in Vietnam. She is at home in America, far away from her brother's war zone, fighting for peace. As the marine writes in his journal about his experiences as a soldier, fighting an enemy he can't see, his sister seeks peace. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)

I was a fan of the DA series when I was young. I got a few more recently and I bought Where have all the flowers gone? Which is the companion novel to this one. I got a copy of this one when I realized it was the companion and I read this one first. 

I really liked how the author brought Patrick, Bebop, Hollywood and Rotgut to life. The reader gets a small idea as to what it must have been like for the men who were at Khe Sanh in 1968. We get to know and love Patrick and his friends. We see how war rips some of this friends away and how Patrick deals with it.

We also get to see how Patrick worries about his sister Molly who is back home in Boston.
There were parts of this book that made me sad, and as crazy as it sounds I even laughed at one part. It shows the guys having fun. It was an excellent scene, for a short time, I forgot that the boys were in war zone, I was laughing right along with them. Then when the fun was over, I was thrown back and remembered, Oh yeah, the guys are fighting war. 

While the book says it's for ages 9 and up, if you are a parent, it might be a good idea to read it first. Since it is a war book there are some bits that not all children would be able to handle. I do recommend this book to everyone. Even if you don't normally read middle grade. 

So say we all!

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