The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die

The Girl Who Wouldn t Die It s in Poland and Arab knows that standing up for anyone especially her Jewish family only paints a target on her back So she plans to survive the Nazi occupation the way she always has disguis

  • Title: The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die
  • Author: Randall Platt
  • ISBN: 9781510708099
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It s 1939 in Poland, and Arab knows that standing up for anyone especially her Jewish family only paints a target on her back So she plans to survive the Nazi occupation the way she always has disguise herself as an Aryan boy, lead her street gang, and sell whatever she can steal.But though Arab starts the war with the one goal of staying alive, others have different ideIt s 1939 in Poland, and Arab knows that standing up for anyone especially her Jewish family only paints a target on her back So she plans to survive the Nazi occupation the way she always has disguise herself as an Aryan boy, lead her street gang, and sell whatever she can steal.But though Arab starts the war with the one goal of staying alive, others have different ideas for her When a stranger asks for her help with a covert rescue mission, Arab has to make a choice Trying to be a hero is a surefire way to get killed But if she doesn t do it, who will Hard hitting and unforgettable, The Girl Who Wouldn t Die is a story about survival, the necessity of resistance, and the hope that can be found when the world is at its darkest.

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    1. *maybe read the link before you come in here and tell me that as a Jew, I can't use the word antisemitic for this book. Maybe don't do that. I'm not repeating myself on why this book is problematic.*Full review to come later this week but this is without a doubt the worst and most antisemitic Holocaust book I've read since FOR SUCH A TIME by Kate Breslin and I am APPALLED by it. I should be more ~professional~ and ~tactful~ but there are LITERALLY more "Good Nazis" than Good Jews in this book an [...]

    2. Like so many Jewish women during the Holocaust, I'm sure my grandmother did like sooo many things just like this character. What things do you ask? Well things the average 20th Century Jewish girl did during the war, like:1. Stopping to appreciate the clean visuals of a Nazi rally, those Nazi really put on a show!2. Complementing Hitler3. Spending a lot of time reminiscing about Christmas4. Singing herself to sleep to Silent Night (you know that Christmas song us Jews love)5. Speaking perfect He [...]

    3. So y'all are really trying it.Do not give this person your money. Do not buy this book.I thought folks would have learned better after the outrage over "For Such a Time" but apparently not! Not to put too fine a point on it, but this book represents EVERYTHING THAT IS WRONG WITH HOLOCAUST FICTION and it is deeply offensive. I read a few sections of this book because I wanted to see for myself before writing this review. I literally felt nauseous from how incredibly wrong this author gets Jewish [...]

    4. So maybe it's just me, but I feel if you are going to write historical fiction, you should be decently versed in the time period and culture in which your story takes place. However, Randall Platt's writing shows her to be ignorant about even the most basic facts of World War II, the actions of the Nazis, and the reactions of the Jewish people at the time. Similarly, I feel that if you are going to write a Jewish protagonist, you should do research into Judaism, or at least the Jewish community. [...]

    5. this book lacks historical context, commodifies the experiences of Jews during The Holocaust, and plays to classic antisemitic rhetoric and stereotypes. Not to mention that the author took Warsaw, home to a real, moving, and beautiful Jewish Resistance movement (that needs no altering to be inspiring), and instead chose to tell this story. This book is offensive, crass, and callous. The author should be ashamed of themselves for how poorly done and downright nauseating this is.

    6. Antisemitic garbage that both demonizes and fetishizes Jews in 1930s Poland, *and* makes Nazis the heroes. My husband's late grandparents were Holocaust survivors and they are rolling in their graves at this dumpster fire. Author is trash for writing this, editor is trash for publishing as is, and all involved should be ashamed of themselves. medium/@Bibliogato/antise

    7. As a young Jewish woman who spent her adolescence learning about the Holocaust, this is exactly the kind of book I would've gotten my hands on back then. Arab is an amazing female protagonist, who radiates love and strength throughout her journey. Her story is enticing, and her voice is powerful and inspiring. She's an amazing role model for young girls and women alike who might discover they have a hidden strength inside them they never knew they had. Her story will make you laugh, cry, and fee [...]

    8. Antisemitic, ignorant, horrible (& anachronistic) voice, with a highly unlikeable main character. Let's not even talk about the "nice" Nazis. And Arab? Really? Did the author think that bastardization of the name Abra would be edgy? Blech.

    9. Are you tired of Jews who are still whiny about the Holocaust? Do you scour the shelves of your local library in the hopes that finally some brave author will illuminate the plight of the true victims--and heroes--of the Holocaust, The Good Nazis (TM)? Do you want a book to read that can knock "a book about Nazi occupation" off your list of books to read so you can feel smart at parties without making you actually come face to face with any real form of ableism, antisemitism, and homophobia? Loo [...]

    10. I'm shocked by the number of one star reviews for this carefully researched, well written historical novel. (Particularly since many of those who scored it didn't bother to read the book. )The author's intent is not to be anti Semitic; she is providing a fictional account of events containing layers of truth. War is not a pretty story, and characters inside a novel such as this will try to survive using less than palatable means. Arab, as a protagonist, isn't "likable" in the traditional story t [...]

    11. Disgustingly antisemitic. No Jewish person could read this and actually believe that this girl is Jewish.This book makes Nazis the heroes and has the main character, who is supposed to be Jewish, someone who says she respects them as a whole. This novel is a disgrace and historically inaccurate.

    12. Maybe it's unfair to rate a book I haven't read a one, but it's not my first time and will not be my last. I'll just point you to Katherine Locke's review and hope you understand whydium/@Bibliogato/antise

    13. Thanks to Sky Pony Press for a copy of this finished book in exchange for a fair review. Abra Goldstein is dead, well not really but she does have her own gravestone in the cemetery. But don't call her Abra, just call her Arab and well don't call her a girl either. She knows from spending the last two years in Vienna that the Nazi's don't care for Jews or girls, and she plans to leave both behind and survive what is coming.So she returns home to Warsaw and resumes her street life. She avoids the [...]

    14. I have not read this book and I have no intention of ever reading this book. I'm shelving it with a 1-star rating for the purpose of deterring others from reading this book.

    15. As a teenager, I read Leon Uris’s book, Mila 18, and began badgering my parents as to why I’d never heard anything about the Warsaw Ghetto and what the Nazis did to the Jewish people there. They never had a good answer for me. But that began a search for whatever I could read about a persecuted people forced into a ghetto and their final resistance. About those courageous few who survived long enough, despite starvation and deportation to death camps, to take on the might of Nazi Germany, an [...]

    16. Yeesh. After reading this book I am having some mixed thoughts. Alrighty, let’s start of with the bad parts, shall we.1. Having the main character (who is Jewish by the by) compliment Hitler and the Nazis is NOT an appropriate idea for a Holocaust book.2. Sure, making friends is greatexcept when they are Nazi soldiers who could easily have you arrested or killed at any moment.3. I also noticed that the author could have put so much more time into researching about the Jewish religion AND the g [...]

    17. Buckle up buttercup. The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die delivers a relentless present-tense punch in the gut in this stark account of war, identity and resistance. In other words, it’s not for dainty readers. Told through the narration of teenage Arab (Abra in her former life) there is nothing as simple as good and bad in the world of gutted wartime Warsaw. There is a slow growing chill that devolves into evil and horror, chaos and inhumanity. And there are the people who strive to resist in whicheve [...]

    18. There is no better read than a strong young female character, Arab, who is street smart, fearless and self-sufficient. For younger readers this is a gripping description of a desperate time in Warsaw, Poland in 1939 when Hitler created the Jewish ghetto in the city and Arab’s determination to survive makes her a great role model The author makes history and the characters come alive. Her characters are determined to survive one of the worst periods of our history and you feel their fear, stren [...]

    19. It’s 1939. Hitler’s soldiers occupy Warsaw, Poland where Abra Goldstein, a sixteen-year-old Jewish girl posing as a disheveled, thieving, gentile boy, has only one goal. To stay alive. Although she hides her abilities, she can speak five languages, boldly confront the enemy and make tough decisions in life-threatening situations. She is shrewd, ruthless and unrelenting. Despite her determination to avoid Jewish comrades and Nazi invaders, she is drawn into the resistance, putting herself, he [...]

    20. A point of view that is often ignored for more glorious tales from the period. Embark on a journey with a young peddler, an arabber without their own horse.* This book hit on many notes which were familiar. Personal note: this reviewer, comes from a Jewish community, with a sizable population of immigrants from Poland. Take the book with an appropriate amount of salt, praise is given with such sarcasm and spite that it amounts to a backhanded compliment. There are notes of self loathing found th [...]

    21. Rating: 1/5Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, antiemetic remarks, historical inaccuracies, rape, child death, inaccurate cultural information) Genre: YA Historical Fiction (borders on the edge of straight fiction though because of the amount of historical inaccuracies)Pages: 358Author: Randall PlattI received a free copy of this book from Dayle at The Literary Llama for a guest reviewing position! Thanks! All opinions are my own.It’s 1939 in Poland and Arab (don’t call her Abra Goldstein) knows [...]

    22. Poor Research, Okay StoryThe Girl Who Wouldn’t Die is a historical fiction novel that follows a teenage, Jewish girl, stupidly named Arab, who deals with contraband in Warsaw during the first 2 years of German occupation. She ends up joining the resistance to save the one she loves, and around half of the book follows her life in the resistance.The main problem with this book was the characterization of Arab, as she did and thought many things that were not Jewish at all and would have been ex [...]

    23. 2.5 stars The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die is a historical fiction novel that follows a teenage, Jewish girl, stupidly named Arab, who deals with contraband in Warsaw during the first 2 years of German occupation. She ends up joining the resistance to save the one she loves, and around half of the book follows her life in the resistance. The main problem with this book was the characterization of Arab, as she did and thought many things that were not Jewish at all and would have been extremely unlik [...]

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