Every Falling Star

Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North KoreaEvery Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea by Sungju Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Every Falling Star was a powerful story that read unlike any autobiography I’ve ever read and intentionally so. While the author acknowledges that the story was framed in such a way to read like a novel, the delivery was so impacting that I nearly forgot that I was reading a true story.

North Korea, the Korean war and America’s involvement there has been an obscure part of history to me as a millennial. It seems every high school history teacher reaches that era around the time that the school year is wrapping up and it become a rush to get through that point to present day. However, Every Falling Star made that time in history come alive to me in a way that no history book ever could.

I think we need to make this part of the reading curriculum in high schools for that very reason.

Additionally, what an incredibly inspirational and motivating story of perseverance, resilience, and endurance for our young people to read. Talk about a cure for the entitlement issues facing our youngest generations.

Not only that, but it highlights the need for young people to be aware of governmental propaganda and to have critical reasoning skills without preaching about it. It teaches this principle through highlighting this example in history.

Lastly its a call to action with solutions and ways to be involved in the rest of the story. Not many books, even autobiographies, can offer that.

It’s a must read for our young adults.

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