Books to Film – Between Shades of Grey

Later this year Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys will be released on the big screen. Ever since the announcement I have been waiting patiently (more like dying) to see any trailers. And although the film is based on Sepetys novel it will be called Ashes in the Snow instead of the original title.

The first time I read the novel I was only a Freshman in High School as a required by the curriculum. At the time Shades of Grey was making it’s rise on the charts so my teacher was very clear with the title and author as to lessen confusion between the two.

Between Shades of Grey shadows, the life of a fifthteen-year-old Lituanian girl, Lina, in 1941 right in the middle of World War II. One-night Soviet officers barge into Lina’s home separating her from her father before shoving Lina, her brother, and her mother onto a train car heading north. Their journey takes them to Siberia where they are forced to work under Stalin’s orders. Lina finds solace in her art and documents events of her life by drawing. She hopes that her small messages will eventually make their way to her father so that he knows they are still alive.

Although the release date has not yet been announced you can find some more information on movie websites like IMDb. I tend to check there every so often. It shows the full cast of characters and has some pictures.

See ya in the A.M.



“I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be.”

-J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Featured Photo Credit: Photo by Anastasia Polischuk on Unsplash


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