Book Review: Radar Girls by Sara Ackerman


Title: Radar Girls

By: Sara Ackerman

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: 368

Release Date: July 22nd, 2021

Publisher: MIRA

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

Daisy Wilder prefers the company of horses to people, bare feet and salt water to high heels and society parties. Then, in the dizzying aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Daisy enlists in a top secret program, replacing male soldiers in a war zone for the first time. Under fear of imminent invasion, the WARDs guide pilots into blacked-out airstrips and track unidentified planes across Pacific skies.  

But not everyone thinks the women are up to the job, and the new recruits must rise above their differences and work side by side despite the resistance and heartache they meet along the way. With America’s future on the line, Daisy is determined to prove herself worthy. And with the man she’s falling for out on the front lines, she cannot fail. From radar towers on remote mountaintops to flooded bomb shelters, she’ll need her new team when the stakes are highest. Because the most important battles are fought—and won—together.

This inspiring and uplifting tale of pioneering, unsung heroines vividly transports the reader to wartime Hawaii, where one woman’s call to duty leads her to find courage, strength and sisterhood. 


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Its not often that I finish a book and immediately want it to be a movie. This book did that for me. I wanted more when it was done, but sadly, this is a stand alone.

The story follows Daisy Wilder. A somewhat rough woman, with a mind of her own. Not something men would expect back in the 40's. I think this is why I loved Daisy so much. She had a mind of her own and never let the expectations of what a "normal" woman should be hold her down. She was really a wonderful character that lead the rest of the cast.

I loved how there were several secondary plotlines that fit within the WW2 Pearl Harbor story. The beautiful horse is missing and Daisey has been blamed, but also the story of Daisey's background and what will happen to her mother on the mainland.

This was a wonderful story of women power during WW2, and how they shaped the direction of the war and saved many lives in the process. 5 Stars!

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