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User Review  - booksandmunches - LibraryThing

Honestly, this is one of those books that I would've never read if it wasn't for the Popsugar Reading Challenge. I started reading it with an open mind and once again, it's one of the books I'm glad ... Read full review

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User Review  - Likeitorlumpit - LibraryThing

This book was good at conveying an immigrant experience. However, the last chapter seemed like it was written by a different author and was very amateurish and awkward. Since I liked most of the book I gave it four stars. Read full review

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User Review  - micahmom2002 - LibraryThing

i thought this was a memior the whole time I was reading it, and was surprised to find it was a novel. The whole time reading the author makes you feel that she has really lived through these ... Read full review

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User Review  - Shiraloo - LibraryThing

I'm into immigration stories these days. This is a good one, of a Chinese immigrant to New York trying to make something of herself. I just wish it had a happier ending :-( Read full review

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User Review  - LizHD - LibraryThing

A memorable novel, beautifully told, Girl in Translation is the coming of age story of Kimberly Chang who, at the age of 11, arrives in New York with her mother. Mrs. Chang, a widow, is fearful of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - varwenea - LibraryThing

In this book about immigrants, the 11 year old Kimberly Chung moves to Brooklyn from Hong Kong with her mom, sponsored by her mom’s elder sister, Aunt Paula. Language barriers, financial struggles ... Read full review

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User Review  - fefferbooks - LibraryThing

Kwok's voice is so strong, and Kimberly shines through so authentically. It's hard not to feel all her emotions--they're distilled and piercing. It seems clear that at least some embryo of Kimberly's ... Read full review

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User Review  - shesinplainview - LibraryThing

Jean Kwok took a "girl gets boy, girl loses boy" story and made it magical. It's been a while since I read book so eagerly and it feels really good. I particularly liked Ma, her character tweaked the story perfectly. Read full review

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This is an emotionally gripping book that is beautifully written and perfectly paced. The setting for quite a bit of the book is North Carolina in the aftermath of a double hurricane. Diane Chamberlain adeptly conveys the chaotic state of makeshift hospitals and the extreme working conditions the doctors and other rescue team members are forced to work in. She pulls you in and presents detailed realistic circumstances, allowing a greater appreciation for the men and women who work with real life organization in disaster areas. Between the lines is a powerful message of compassion for our fellow human being. She also has very complex characters you can relate to and a plot that’s multi-layered with twits and surprises totally immersing you in the moment; it’s hard to put the book down. The underlying theme coursing through the story is one of discovering peace and purpose in life. Like so many others, I did not like the book’s ending, but don’t let this deter you from an otherwise beautiful story. In summary, a great light read about family, sisters and helping others. Great for anyone who enjoys a good story with strong emotional pull, suspense and intrigue. 

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User Review  - dukedukegoose - LibraryThing

Highly, highly, highly recommended. A wonderful main character, no easy answers, but inspiring and wonderful all the same. Read full review


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