I don't want to give away too much of this story so I will keep this review rather brief. Though I liked it, I didn't love the book as much as I wanted to. Perhaps I had some over hyped expectations from people that told me I would adore it, or perhaps I wasn't mentally prepared for a tear-jerker. I found myself extremely ensconced in Sarah's story but less so in Julia's narrative. Nevertheless, what I most appreciated in this book was the information about the Vel' d'Hiv and the atrocities committed by the French police. Though I like to think I learned a lot in school about World War II, this was entirely new and shocking information for me to read. For that reason alone, I do find myself recommending Sarah's Key to others.
And it also leads me to ask, what fiction book(s) do you consider a must-read for educational content alone? Even if you weren't thrilled with the story, is there a title that you consider important because of what you learned from it?