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The Great Alone is not your ordinary coming of age story

The Great Alone is a twisted tale in a riveting 438 pages. Usually, a book this size would take me about a half a week to finish, this book took me four hours to finish. Yet, those four hours felt like I had lived years in Leni’s shoes.
The Great Alone takes place in Alaska, 1974. The Great Alone is a tale of survival, heartbreak & the ultimate test on a families bond.
Thirteen-year-old Leni is trapped in the whirlwind of her parents troubled, yet passionate relationship. Her father, Ernt Allbright, a former POW, is unpredictable in his actions. In a whim, he moves his family to Alaska hoping for a better future.
At first, Alaska is a dream come true. They find a fierce, independent community in the remote corner of the state, who in the lack of the Albrights’ preparation, guides them in this new life in Alaska.
As the dark winter settles on Alaska, Ernt’s mental state plummets. Leaving his family less worried about what is outside their cabin, but inside. With 18 hours of night blanketing them, Leni and her mother realize they are on their own.
When I picked up this book I expected a book that I would read to just get my ten minutes done of reading per night. But, it was so much more than that. It took twists that are unpredictable, as you follow Leni throughout her teenage years. This is not your average coming of age story, it is a riveting tale of betrayal, heartbreak and the struggle of living in Alaska.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah or anyone who is interested in Alaska or historical fiction. Once you pick this book up there is no putting it down.

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