I loved this story! It was so full of heart and interesting characters. You always hear and read about the terrible conditions for immigrants in NYC, but I never realized that the abuse sometimes came at the hands of their own kind. I postponed buying this book once before because I thought the voice and accents of the narrator was too irritating. I have been around Chinese people often, and this accent sounded more like s speech impediment. When I finally got the audiobook after all and heArd the supposed Brooklyn accents I realized it really was s speech impediment. Why choose that voice unless the story is about people with speaking problems?
Great story that was so honest it has to be part memoir, and indeed when I looked up Kwok's website, it does closely mirror that of her own. It does come off a bit trite at times, but I appreciated the peek into a life that many of us might never understand. Fascinating. The narrator was ok, a little weak at times, and I do think parts of the story are improved with a Chinese immigrant accent.
This could just as easily have been the story of my own childhood but without her smarts and the luck.
It's a nice read and an accurate reminder to those of us who are the first generation of Chinese immigrants. The same racist, poverty of being paid and treated unjustly by people who KNEW the could take advantage if you and there is nothing to be done about it.
This barely scratched the surface of immigrant families who go through in their
This narrative is told with a simple perfection that only the literary masters of yesteryear could pull off. You will find yourself uttering that old cliche: "I laughed! I cried!" and it will be true. The cultural immersion was complete yet didn't feel over evocative or smug - because the story was woven so tightly every piece of this world felt organic and novel at the same time. The warmth, wisdom, humanity and bravery that is this wonderful book will have you reflecting on it long after the last word is spoken.
I'm sure this would have been a good book if I had read it myself, rather than listened. The narrator ruined it. Ridiculous Chinese accent in unnecessary spots. For example, why would the main character continue to speak in the same poor English after living in the U.S. for over 15 years? And why would the characters have a silly English accent when they're speaking Chinese to each other? Also, the narrator would mispronounce English words consistently.
I recommend you read the book yourself, not listen to it.
I really enjoyed this book, but it felt like the end was rushed. I wanted to keep reading and follow the characters a little further when the book ended, but over all very good.
I don't usually listen to or read books a second time, so no. Otherwise I enjoyed the story. It was slightly dry in places, but I know that this story is true for many people who come to the US to start over. I am amazed at the sacrifice many people make to try and make life for their children better. Even giving up love.
This little girls determination at a young age to make life better for her and her mother. I loved her tenacity. She was not afraid to speak her mind, which got her into trouble occasionally. A girl after my own heart.
I enjoyed Wey's performance very much. A few reviewers remarked that they did not think she sounded authentic. They must not know any Chinese immigrants. I think she did a GREAT job. She sounded just like people I know, all of the characters in the story. In fact, I have a neighbor who immigrated to the U.S. about 20 years ago. I may ask her to listen and see what she thinks.
I did not want to listen in one sitting, probably because I never do that anyway, but I needed a break occasionally. I listened to it more often during the day during the last half of the story though.
I wish this book never ended. A frequently funny, sometimes tear-jerking American success story with the most lovable protagonist I have encountered in ages.
not sure I loved how this turned out but the book in general made me think about how sometimes in a bubble and don't realize the struggles faced by so many. I would recommend it for the insights but some of the story was a bit contrived for dramatic flare.
I hated the ending of this book so much. It was as though the author wrote two different books, with an extra dollop of sheer terribleness for good measure at the end. The first half was a decent, if predictable, story about an immigrant girl's experience in New York. The second half seemed like a YA book that had suddenly dropped in to take the whole narrative completely off track. In retrospect, if this had been marketed as YA, it would have made more sense genre-wise (and also I could have avoided it altogether). As adult fiction, it was simply painful. And again, the ending made me want to throw my phone (listening device!) across the room in sheer disgust. No spoilers, but seriously, reader beware.