Reading for Me

The Books I Have Read…..Just for Me

#6: Girl in Translation (Jean Kwok)

on February 24, 2013

Having lunch today with my family, I realized I had to post this review so I could stay in the hunt for reading the most books this year!  (I’m gunning for you, Brauer!)

I’m hooked on audio books at the moment. They are so convenient and make the driving pass a lot quicker. Girl in Translation is the story of Kim, a young Chinese immigrant who is working through the American education system while struggling to learn the English language.  She and her mother labor in a garment factory (that is managed by her witch-of-an-aunt), earn one penny per article of clothing, and live in a roach-infested apartment in New York City. Despite the horrible circumstances, Kim proves to be an outstanding student and excels beyond all expectation.

I’m always fascinated by education stories. Once you mix in a look at dating, honor, and family from a Chinese perspective, Girl in Translation was definitely an intriguing novel. It wasn’t my favorite book of the year — largely due to the scratched CDs and my initial difficulty in understanding the reader’s use of accents — but it was still a read that I enjoyed and would recommend to others.

The theme of family seems to be running through my reading at the moment as well. It’s a major theme in what I hope will be my next post later this week:  The Light Between Oceans.

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