I think this is really a young adult or teen book. It starts off better than it ended. The narration is fair.
Although a simple story, the author and narrator captured my interest and kept me entertained until the end. Loved it.
Say something about yourself!
Occasionally, when watching national news I have seen arrests made of immigrants who are living and working in sweatshop conditions. This story is written by the fictional daughter of one of these immigrants as she and her mother struggle to remake their lives in New York City. It is a story of strength and grace--both their own and some of the people with whom they come in contact, as they work to overcome heartbreaking hardships. I will never watch those news items again without feeling a real empathy for the people involved. And, of course, it is an added blessing when good finally triumphs over evil.
I always enjoy reading about different cultures and Girl in Translation is about Chinese culture in America. The story is fascinating and has interesting twists and turns. Girl in Translation is one of the best books I have heard.
A coffee a day
I enjoyed listening to this book- every minute of it. The narrator did an excellent job capturing the immigrant's Chin-english accent. The story itself is inspiring given that it's based on author's true experience. I am Asian, and I can grasp the subtle (or sometimes not so subtle) references to the Chinese culture. I usually got a kick out of it. I didn't want the book to finish; it was too good.
I really enjoyed this book, and I liked the narrator's use of accents. Once I started listening to it, it was hard to stop. It opened my mind about the lives that some immigrants have when first arriving in America.
Fierce And Nerdy
This book both compelled and inspired me and the reader was terrific! I'd recommend it from women, men and high schoolers alike!
I listened to this book instead of reading it and I did not enjoy the reader's interpretation of the characters. I also did not enjoy her using a "Chinese accent" as it was difficult to understand and completely unnecssary. I feel that I may have enjoyed the book more had I read it and not listened to it.
The characters were well developed. I especially related to the strong bond between mother and daughter. The evil aunt was a great character too. But I most enjoyed the book during the last few chapters when her relationship to Matt reached a turning point. I almost wished the author spent more time on that story line and less time on describing the roaches in their apartment.
Getting through most of the book was a chore despite a promising topic for a good story.