This week MBB is Andrius Arvydas from Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys. Andrius was a beacon of light for me in an otherwise dark and heavy novel. I think he also served as hope, light, and life for some of the main characters as well. Though it was hard for the author to really develop a romance amidst the difficulties the characters experienced, she did an awesome job drawing out the kind of character Andrius came to be. He was kind, and caring, and just good to those around him. For that he is MBB this week.
“Good men are often more practical than pretty,” said Mother. “Andrius just happens to be both.” pg. 161
- Seventeen years old
- Strong bone structure
- Perfectly proportioned face
- Wavy brown hair
- Blue eyes
- Taken from his home in Lithuania
- Forced to work on a beet farm
- Provides and steals to help others
Has taken a special interest in the Vilkas family
Kind and sweet
“Andrius, I’m. . .scared.”
He stopped and turned to me. “No. Don’t be scared. Don’t give them anything, Lina, not even your fear.”
“I can’t help it. I’m not even used to this camp. I miss home, I miss my father, I miss school, I miss my cousin.” My breathing quickened.
“Shh,” said Andrius. He pulled me to his chest. “Be careful who you talk to. Don’t let your guard down okay?” he whispered. His arms tightened around me.
“I don’t want to go,” I said . We stood quiet.
How did I get here? How did I end up in the arms of a boy I barely knew, but knew I didn’t want to lose? I wonder what I would have thought of Andrius in Lithuania. Would I have liked him? Would he have liked me?
“I don’t want you to go,” he finally whispered, barely audible.
I closed my eyes. “Andrius, we have to get back home.”
“I know,” he said. “We will.” He took my hand and we started back. pg. 243-244
Andrius turned. His eyes found mine. “I’ll see you,” he said.
My face didn’t wrinkle. I didn’t utter a sound. But for the first time in months, I cried. Tears popped from their dry sockets and sailed down my cheeks in one quick stream. I looked away.
The NKVD called the bald man’s name.
“Look at me,” whispered Andrius, moving close. “I’ll see you,” he said. “Just think about that. Just think about me bringing you your drawings. Picture it, because I’ll be there.”
“Vilkas,” the NKVD called.
We walked toward the truck and climbed inside. I looked down at Andrius. He raked through his hair with his fingers. The engine turned and roared. I raised my hand in a wave good-bye.
His lips formed the words “I’ll see you.” He nodded in confirmation.
I nodded back. The back gate slammed and I sat down. The truck lurched forward. Wind began to blow against my face. I pulled my coat closed and put my hands in my pockets. That’s when I felt it. The stone. Andrius had slipped it into my pocket. I stood up to let him know I had found it. He was gone. pg. 248
My Andrius is being played by actor Drew Roy. I picked pics that you can hardly see his eyes because his green eyes don’t match Andrius’ blue ones. But otherwise he’ like a perfect fit in my head. Seems I always have trouble with the eyes. Maybe one week I’ll nail it all.
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