It did not take very long to read for a good reason: this is a really good book. After graduation, she spent a year studying in , , an experience that would later serve as the background for Morning Is a Long Time Coming the 1978 sequel to Summer of My German Soldier. Her parents are abusive monsters with no redeeming features, quite one-dimensional; her nanny is perfect in every way, really the Mammy stereotype, I felt. This was my very first book with any kind of true thoughts of romance in it. Even at the end she is still feeling misunderstood and alone, yet also strong enough to possibly make it on her own one day. Now, 12-year-old girls get crushes on young men who are too old for them all the time.
She doesn't look for excuses for them - she simply shoulders the responsibility for it she's not a good person and tries to make amends. It seems to be an almost instinctual response to almost any situation — one which, hopefully, she can outgrow. And I really didn't like the ending, not that I was expecting a Fairy-Tale-Happily-Ever-After ending - not at all! This book was required reading for our year and whilst a lot of other students groaned over required reading, I was always a bit enthusiastic about it. Turns out Patty Bergen is a fantastic young adult narrator, a girl who just may have the most wretched parents I've ever read about. I liked the setting and conflicts at home, especially with her father.
For moments or minutes I stood there. She is a rebel who refuses to stay silent. I was very interested to hear of Bette Greene's books being republished as e-books in an attempt to gain new readers. One day a train arrives carrying German prisoners of war. The main character Patty, lives with a dysfunctional family and an abusive father. Even though your parents are treating you bad, move somewhere that will change your life.
While patriotic feelings run high, Patty risks losing family, friends — even her freedom — for this dangerous friendship. The summer that Patty Bergen turns twelve is a summer that will haunt her forever. I am so very glad that I did just that. It is an amazing love story between a Jewish girl and an escaped German Soldier, it shows what they both with risk and how life during the war was for families. It was exciting, sad but not endlessly sad like so many Newbery's and beautiful. Jewish girl and German boy during the war? Her character is believable, it has internal conflict, and her character also has growth which is all the qualities needed to be round.
She's frustrated with her mother's constant criticism and her father's violence. There is talk of love from Patty's point of view, but I don't think it's a romantic love at all. The reason why I even picked this up is because I've never read it, and when I saw it in the library some sorts of light bulbs went off in my head. The ending, while not happy, did contain a grain of hope for Patty's future, and I couldn't help but think that it was ripe for a sequel. Anton relates to Patty in ways that her mother and father never can.
Patty makes up her mind to go with him but he will not agree to this. Few authors that I have read are capable of evoking such emotional response as what is brought forth in these pages. These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. I'm sure this wouldn't have bothered me at all as a 12-year-old reader, but as the mother of a 13-year-old girl, it jumped right out at me. Is this a sad book? A hooray to any teacher who introduces a young person to this brilliant accomplishment.
Anton Reiker, the German Soldier, is part of that facet; his point of view is not only as a grateful recipient of her help but as someone who sees what the rest of her life is doing to her. Mostly dull dialogue between the two characters. But she never could have imagined that her summer would be so memorable. What is the author trying to say? I wanted to slap the crap out of Patty's parents. I was forced to read this book in 8th grade along with George Orwell's 'Animal Farm'. But to Patty, a young Jewish girl with a turbulent home life, one boy in particular becomes a friend. I am currently a freshman in college and have read many love stories since Summer of My German Soldier, but this book still stands out in my memory.
She tells him she's Jewish and he is shocked. It was like watching my very own life raft floating away towards the open sea. Patty is very sympathetic as the heroine and first-person narrator of the story. Anton is a very polite, gentle young man with a very reflective, perhaps even philosophical bent. But to Patty, a young Jewish girl with a turbulent home life, one boy in particular becomes a friend.
Fact 2 I can't believe it's taken me this long to find this book. It may be a little dated, but Patty is a wonderful narrator, and I will look forward to reading the sequel soon. But she never could have imagined that her summer would be so memorable. You will get out of your horrible family and this awful town and have a life you will enjoy. English: Portrait of Bette Greene in her Boston, M. Anton relates to Patty in ways that her family never can. She is 12 and he is 22, so nothing inappropriate ever happened.