Student Book Review: While He Was Away by Karen Schreck

While He Was AwayTitle: While He Was Away

Author: Karen Schreck

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Student Reviewer: Makenna

Summary (From Goodreads):

One year–he’ll be gone for one year and then we’ll be together again and everything will be back to the way it should be.

The day David left, I felt like my heart was breaking. Sure, any long-distance relationship is tough, but David was going to war–to fight, to protect, to put his life in danger. We can get through this, though. We’ll talk, we’ll email, we won’t let anything come between us.

I can be an army girlfriend for one year. But will my sweet, soulful, funny David be the same person when he comes home? Will I? And what if he doesn’t come home at all?…

“A tender and honest examination of love, longing, and loyalty in the face of modern war.”–Laura Ruby, author of Bad Apple

“While He Was Away is a wonderful love story with writing that is skillful and true.”–Amy Timberlake, author of That Girl Lucy Moon

Student Review:

The book While He Was Away by Karen Schreck is all about a girl and a guy.  The odds are against them when Penelope’s boyfriend, David, leaves to go to war.  He is in the army so Penelope and David’s relationship is being tested.  She has to keep herself occupied while he is away.  While Penelope is making friends, David is off becoming a different person.

I really enjoyed reading this book.  I can relate to this book; it captured my attention.  I love how strong and faithful Penelope is to David.  It shows that there are some people in the world that can handle long distance relationships.

Another thing I liked about this book is how it can guide people through dealing with a long distance relationship.  Especially the kind where one is going off to war.  It isn’t always easy being positive but this book explains to people that it is really important.  It is also important to stay busy so you aren’t worrying all the time.

Even though I liked the characters and it is a great help for long distance relationships, there is a part that I don’t really like.  I dislike the ending because it seems like every book about military relationships always ends badly.  I feel like if people that can relate to and read While He Was Away, it will worry them.  Not all military relationships end badly; it just seems like people don’t talk about those as much.

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