Short review for an engrossing book.
I love reading about WWII but so far had read nothing involving the war in the Pacific ocean.
Radar Girls is set in Hawaii amidstthe Pearl Harbor attack and the creation of the first Women’s Air Raid Defense (WARD).
The book centers around Daisy Wilder. At the beginning of the story, she is a real loner. Prefering the company of horses, needing her daily dose of ocean and nature, the war will propel her in a totally different position.
Following Pearl Harbor’s attack, she’ll be enrolled into a section composed of women only and charged to guide the pilots, detect possible attacks etc thanks to the radar technology.
In the beginning she is overwhelmed by the proximity with the other women. She is used to silence and loneliness but these ladies were very vocal and so different from Daisy.
But soon she’ll find incredible friendship among these women.
During hard times, Daisy will find satisfaction in her job, relishing being useful and capitalizing on her love of mathematics.
Throw some love story in the mix and you have a very interesting and enjoyable read!
I think Sara Ackerman did her research seriously and I truly loved learning about that side of the war history.
The friendships were heartwarming, the female character strong, smart and loyal and the pace was just right.
If you love WWII stories, I’d recommend this one!
Thanks for reading.