Note: I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration.
This book about the Holocaust is not nearly the best WWII book I’ve ever read (see any of these books in the archives). The Sweetness focuses on two girls: one is hiding at a candle maker’s home in Europe after the rest of her family is killed by the Nazis; the other, her cousin, is safely ensconced in America and doing her best to pursue a degree in fashion design while picking her way through the minefield of her extended family (and no, I don’t remember any of their names). I wanted more information about the girl in hiding. She was tormented by the jerk son of the family who took her in, especially after he blamed her for his father’s death, which I thought could have been realistic and poignant but instead was just irritating. Meanwhile, the girl in America was consumed with events that seemed petty in light of the events of the Holocaust, and the drama in her dysfunctional family (and eventually, with her husband) drove me nuts.
This book wasn’t terribly written, and there were some parts that worked, but on the whole, it just didn’t add much to the powerful and huge collection of Holocaust literature. Check out Code Name Verity or The Singing Tree for a more interesting, moving WWII book.