"Heartfelt and heart-wrenching - an unexpected knockout. In A.G. Russo's emotional masterpiece, the mature tone and depth of feeling are impressive, to say the least. The complex personalities of the two children are unpacked beautifully over the course of the novel. Such tender moments of brothers and sisters are rarely captured in literature, and it is impossible not to become a part of their world. Russo pushes the boundaries of the characters (and the readers) to an unforgettable level, achieving what so many authors fail to do: sincere emotional investment."
Self-Publishing Review, 4½ Stars
From Midwest Book Review
"A novel set in 1960 Cold War Germany doesn't sound like an auspicious beginning for a young adult read; nor do the protagonists, who are teenage Army brats used to relying on one another for support and companionship. But an adult-sounding setting and circumstances is exactly what sets Our Wild and Precious Lives apart from other young adult reads and makes it a vivid and different story that will reach into adult circles even as it remains firmly rooted in the perceptions, experiences, and reactions of teenagers. ...Our Wild and Precious Lives...is, in itself, a wild and precious read..."
D. Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer
"...my first impression was that this was going to be mostly a history book disguised as a YA novel. But the book ends up in a far different and better place...There are so many levels to this book, and the story is incredible...This is one of those books that someone tries to tell you about, fails, gives up, and then says trust me just read it. So that's what I'm saying to you, trust me just read it!"
Sassy Peach Reads, Charlotte, Guest Blogger