Bunu, the grandfather, says to his son, “Mistrust. It’s insidious. It causes multiple personality syndrome and rots relationships. At home, you’re one person, speaking in whispers. Outside, on the street, amd standing in lines at the shops, you’re someone else. Tell me who are you?” I MUST BETRAY YOU is set in 1989 Romania and told through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Cristian Florescu whose code name is OSCAR. Sepetys new book is a must read! I have loved her previous books and her new book is her best! Labeled as Young Adult, it is a book all adults should read too. Book clubs will have lots to discuss. I wish I was still teaching high school students, so I could explore this book with them.
Set in 1989 Romania, Sepety’s makes the reader feel like he/she is a fly on the wall to all that is happening. I especially like all of the pictures in the back of the book. I referred to them frequently. So many themes. I love the short chapters. I hope you enjoy reading about Cristian and his relationship to his family, his friend Luca, a love interest Liliana, Dan, an American teenager……… My thanks to Bookish First and Philomel Books for an ARC of this book. The opinions in this review are my own.