Between Shades of Gray is a historical novel for young adults, and the début of Ruta Sepetys, an American author, and daughter of a Lithuanian refugee. Her father fled from Stalin, while many of his countrymen were deported to labor camps, and their homeland, along with other Baltic states, was assimilated into the Soviet empire. This story tells a story that demands to be told, because it can, and that means something. Love, as the narrator uncoils, and hope, will be the traits that protect and fuel the human heart and experience through times of trial and triumph.. This story reminds me to remember all the humans before me, now, and in the future who will really have to dig deep to survive the circumstances that find them.