Insta Review: Pax, by Sara Pennypacker

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This book made my world stop turning. From the moment I started reading Pax, I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep until I finished it. Told from two different points of view, Pax tells the story of a boy’s forced separation from his beloved pet fox from both perspectives – human and animal. Except author Sarah Pennypacker creates in Pax an animal so human and gives Peter such raw, animal emotions that sometimes it's hard to tell which is which. Pax and Peter are determined to find other another regardless of the many obstacles that separate them – hundreds of miles, tragedies of war, dark and complicated memories. Ambiguous historical setting and abstract animal thoughts may bother some, but it didn't slow me down a bit. Pax is very intense and will be too much for young or sensitive readers. For every one of us that has ever truly loved an animal, this book is heartbreaking. But if you don't mind being shattered, it is gorgeous, and worth every tear 😭🤧

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