Book Club Review: Girl in Translation

Hello everyone.  I hope you had a wonderful Easter!  Have you found any time to read lately?  As a reminder, we were reading:



Girl in Translation

by Jean Kwok

I loved this book.  I enjoyed getting a glimpse into a different culture and lifestyle.  I cannot imagine living the double life Kimberly and her mother endured.  Disguising the extreme poverty she lived in with her mother while excelling at school so she could brighten her families future is a heavy task for anyone.  Especially a young girl.

I knew it would be difficult to come to a new country and learn a new language and culture.  I had no idea of the hardships purposely inflicted by family.  I was so shocked to find that a well to do family member would do anything she could to keep her own sister from excelling.  Or even living in decent conditions.  This made me love Kimberly’s friend Annette all the more.  For not judging and accepting Kimberly.

Knowing this book came largely from author Jean Kwok’s own experiences when she came to America, made it all the more real for me.  Kimberly and her mother developed a strong bond going through those experiences.  And I was happy to know they had a way out through academics.

I always wished things could work out with Kimberly’s factory crush.  I suppose that is the romantic in me looking for a happy ending.

What did you think of this book?  Did you love it as much as I did?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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