I was attracted to this book because it was by the same author who wrote Goodnight Mr. Tom. I have read the book, Goodnight Mr. Tom but didn't think it was as good as the film. When I bought Back Home, I wasn't very sure that it would be good considering I didn't particularly like the book Goodnight Mr. Tom. However after I had read a few pages, I couldn't put it down. I was completely hooked on the story.
Back Home is about the main character, Virginia Dickinson, nicknamed Rusty by her American family. After the war she goes back home to Britain. Everything in England is not as she expected though. She feels like her family are strangers and her little brother, Charlie, hasn't got used to the fact that he has a sister.
I think this story would appeal to a wide audience. It is not like other war stories. Reading this book I felt like Rusty was a person living now, not in the war.
I'm nto sure about anyone else but I found the end a bit disappointing, it wasn't how I expected (I won't say why because that could be a spoiler for people who are going to read it). However it was one of the best books I have ever read and I think everyone else should read it to.