Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick is the true story of Arn, a young Cambodian boy during war times whose town is supposedly going to be hit by a missile. As the story moves along, he is put into worker camps (killing fields), playing music, and doing what he needs to do to survive.
This book was written by way of interviews. Basically, YA non-fiction. It has a similar feel to it as The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. No holding back on what’s told. Some good solid truth!
I enjoyed the writing and narration of the story. Sure, Arn is speaking in broken English, but he makes his story so exciting to hear.
Sure, what happened in the book is some saddening stuff, but it’s told so well and so truthfully. I felt a bit sick at times, but that’s to be expected when I’m reading about these poor, dying children.