Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Publication Date: April 21, 2015
Pages: 292 (Hardcover)
My Rating: 7.5/10
Overview: It's no secret the United States has an incredible military . Personally, when I think of bad ass soldiers, I think of Seal Team Six, Marcus Luttrell and Chris Kyle.
However, after finishing Ashley's War, a new hero comes to mind; Ashley White.
This award-winning book highlights the incredible women who served alongside Special Ops soldiers overseas.
What I loved: While reading Ashley's War, I was blown away by the writing style of Lemmon. The book is fantastically written and includes a vast amount of information, background and descriptions. It's also easy to understand, even if you have little to no knowledge of the military.
The details provided are incredible and help create a whole picture instead of random clips of information. For example, if a specific military member, location or event is introduced, a thorough background is written, giving the reader the appropriate foundation of knowledge needed to fully understand the following chapter.
I enjoyed learning about these heroic, kick-ass women who dedicated and devoted their lives to serving their country. These women defied stereotypes and went above and beyond all expectations to carry out their duties.
Ashley and her teammates forged their way into new territory and they will never be forgotten for giving the sacrifice of a lifetime.
Don't worry, this isn't a book about girly things, it's about a crew of amazing women aiding Special Forces into kicking the Taliban's ass.
Ashley's War is at the top of my favorite war books list!
*Keep your eyes peeled for Reese Witherspoon's adaptation of Ashley's war!*
What I didn't: I suppose it's my fault I didn't conduct a little more research before delving into the book, but I assumed it would be the sole story of Lieutenant Ashely White. Instead, it captured many others' stories including the men and women who served alongside Ashley. While their stories were also incredible, I felt it was hard to focus on Ashley's story with so many others intertwined throughout the book.
I would have liked the book to have focused only on Ashley, because not only was it difficult to focus on her story, but because there were so many other people involved, it was hard to connect to their stories as well. If the book had solely featured Ashley, I probably would have rated the book a 10/10.
I could imagine other books can easily be written about the other soldiers featured in this New York Times Bestselling book.