We meet Klaudia, a previously homeschooled high schooler who now must fit into the very place where her German father works as a janitor. Sheltered, shy, and horribly bullied by many who call her father a Nazi, Klaudia struggles to find her own identity and eventually sheds her name and life as a university student to become Eliza – named after her favorite literary character Elizabeth Bennett. As Eliza, Klaudia can do everything she couldn’t do before: escape her domineering father, pursue a dance career, and leave the shy, awkward girl behind. But Eliza’s lies catch up with her when her mother unexpectedly dies and her estranged uncle comes back into her life. She knows both her father and her uncle were somehow involved with the Nazis during WWII, but no one is talking, and the secrets weigh heavily on them all.
“The Other Me” is well written but the plot twists are fairly predictable. The character I found most interesting, Klaudia’s mother, seems just a shadow of what she could be. We never get to know her well. Ms. Sarginson does a solid job at portraying the shades of gray that existed for those who were less than heroes during the war. An interesting cross-generational tale but you won’t find anything especially surprising in the plot.
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