Vanished in Berlin review by JesusFreak
Vanished in Berlin
Age Range - Mature Young Adult
Genre - Historical Fiction

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Age at time of review - 16
Reviewer's Location - Yucaipa, CA, United States
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Norwegian pianist Ellen loves German violinist Friedrich with all her heart. When Friedrich is in danger of having to join the Germans at war, he is hidden by Ellen. With Germans around every corner, Ellen and Friedrich soon realize that it is much harder to hide a person than they thought. When Friedrich disappears one day, Ellen goes to Berlin to find him. This haunting story of life at the heart of World War II is sure to entertain people of all ages.


When I began reading this book, I realized within the first chapter I already liked the main character, Ellen. The choices she made, though hard, weren’t much different from the choices I would have made if I had been in the same position as her. I also appreciated that her and Friedrich’s love for each other was evident, and their romance was believable.

In the beginning I was a bit confused about the timeline. However, as I continued reading, I caught on and understood where the author was going.

I was only disappointed when the book had to end because I was not ready to put it down. I wished the story had gone on for a bit longer and had a few more questions answered, but those answers were left to the imagination of the reader.

Overall, this book is great for those who like historical fiction and romance.

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There are very minor descriptions of death, though the threat of destruction is constant and imminent. There is no foul language. Sex is mentioned multiple times, but descriptions are non-explicit and very mild.

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