50% in and wondering WTF?

Summer of my German Soldier - Bette Greene

What did YA/MG readers do to deserve this? Wow, 1973 must have been a real sucky year for YA/MG readers if this is the stand out book from that year. It was intended to be my pick for summer bingo "YA or child's lit" square, but I am aiming for "book bust" now. I hate the characters, the setting, and the writing. There will be many Trigger Warnings come review time.