Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Review: A LIFE WORTH LIVING by Pnina Baim

Gaby and her family are reluctantly making the move from New York to Israel due to financial distress. Hey, living in the U.S. can be expensive.

Of course, Gaby is not too thrilled about it, but it's admirable that she tries to make the best of it, albeit with a mechanical and surly attitude. But why join the Israeli army? Girl is crazy!

A Life Worth Living is the story of a young girl traversing through unfamiliar and perilous territory with wide-eyed curiosity and stamina. Surrounded by a flat and multifaceted cast, Gaby seemed to be a daring and somewhat flippant character, and I definitely thought that she had an unhealthy fixation with Benny, which then quickly gets transferred onto Saar.

Of course, I couldn't understand any of the Hebrew and Arabic phrases, and the lengthy history pertaining to the Jews had no interest to me. Surely this multicultural tale has an inspiring message, one of resilience and valor, and it definitely extends the barrier to a different part of the world, but, for me, this was just an okay story.

My rating: 3 stars

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