Blog Tour : We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

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Hii bookworms ❤ Today’s my stop on the blog tour of We Are Not Free by Traci Chee. The tour is being hosted by Colored Pages Book Tours! I’ll be sharing my review on the book as well.

Book : We Are Not Free

Author: Traci Chee

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

Genres: Historical YA Fiction

Personal Rating : 5/5 stars

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Synopsis :

All around me, my friends are talking, joking, laughing. Outside is the camp, the barbed wire, the guard towers, the city, the country that hates us.

We are not free.

But we are not alone. ” 

From New York Times best-selling and acclaimed author Traci Chee comes We Are Not Free, the collective account of a tight-knit group of young Nisei,  second-generation Japanese American citizens, whose lives are irrevocably changed by the mass U.S. incarcerations of World War II.

Fourteen teens who have grown up together in Japantown, San Francisco.

Fourteen teens who form a community and a family, as interconnected as they are conflicted.

Fourteen teens whose lives are turned upside down when over 100,000 people of Japanese ancestry are removed from their homes and forced into desolate incarceration camps.

In a world that seems determined to hate them, these young Nisei must rally together as racism and injustice threaten to pull them apart.

My thoughts on the book :

Historical fiction has been my lucky genre these last few years. It’s a term I invented (I think?) which means a genre which I rarely read from, but whenever I do, I end up picking up a gem of a book. We Are Not Free by Traci Chee made me feel the same way. It was an utterly devastating and beautiful book at the same time.

We Are Not Free centers around the Japanese internment camps during the 2nd World War. I had no idea about this historical event (I’m not an American, but I haven’t heard people talk about it either) “Many Americans worried that citizens of Japanese ancestry would act as spies or saboteurs for the Japanese government. Fear — not evidence — drove the U.S. government to place over 127,000 Japanese-Americans in concentration camps for the duration of WWII.”

The book follows 14 POVs, and even though a huge amount of POVs generally make me lose my focus while reading, We Are Not Free never made me feel bored at all. I think the story would have felt incomplete without the inclusion of multiple perspectives, because each of the characters deserved their own place and voice in the story. I finished reading We Are Not Free in a day – I have to thank Traci Chee’s realistic writing style for that.

We are Not Free, in my opinion, is a book about the necessity of friendship and hope during the time when happiness feels completely out of reach. I loved how the lives of all of the characters in the book were connected by such a strong bond.  I lost count of the number of times that I got emotional while reading the book. The pain that got expressed through the lives of those young people – people who are my age, felt  so raw and real. I think very few authors can make readers connect with the emotions that the characters feel in the book, so kudos to Traci Chee for her incredible work. She drew a genuine picture of racism and oppression through her words and created a breath-taking story.

I can’t even begin to explain how important this book is. Please pick up We Are Not Free as soon as you can.

Book links:

Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49934666-we-are-not-free

Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/Are-Not-Free-Traci-Chee/dp/035813143X

Book Depository : https://www.bookdepository.com/We-Are-Not-Free-Traci-Chee/9780358131434

Barnes & Noble : https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/we-are-not-free-traci-chee/1132050947

• IndieBound : https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780358131434

• Kobo : https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/we-are-not-free

• Indigo : https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/we-are-not-free/9780358131434-item.html

Author Information

Traci Chee

Traci Chee is the New York Times best-selling author of The Reader trilogy. She studied literature and creative writing at UC Santa Cruz and earned a master of arts degree from San Francisco State University. She is Japanese American and was inspired to write We Are Not Free by her family’s experience during World War II. Some of the events she includes in the book are loosely inspired by their stories. She loves books, poetry and paper crafts, as well as bonsai gardening and games. She lives in California.

Author Links :

• Website : http://www.tracichee.com/

 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6567825.Traci_Chee

 Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/tracicheeauthor/

 Twitter : https://twitter.com/tracichee

Tumblr : https://tracichee.tumblr.com/

Thanks to Colored Pages Book Tours for giving me the chance to participate in the blog tour and review such a beautiful book. ❤

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