In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park


This book was absolutely amazing. I don’t even know how to describe it. The terrible things that Yeonmi Park and her family experienced were so eye opening. I knew North Korea was oppressed and the people were under the rule of a dictator but I had no idea how bad it was. I think that the writing in this book was fantastic. It was almost lyrical. I started this book last night and I was able to finish it tonight because of how well written it was.

It is not an easy book to get through. There were times when I couldn’t fathom what Yeonmi and her mother had to go through. I grieved with them, I got angry for them and I felt happy when they experienced good things.

There is so much ugliness in the world and it is books like these that bring light to the human rights violations that are going on around the world. The author is so brave for reaching out and opening up about her experiences. No one should have to go through the things she did.

There was so much grief and cruelty in this book but the author was able to keep her head up high and get through it all. This book made me grateful to be an American citizen where I have freedom and don’t have to fear for my life at the hands of a dictator.

There was so much beauty in this book even though it was a tragic tale.

I rate this book a five out of five stars!


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