Monday, January 31, 2011

Bitter Melon by Cara Chow

Bitter Melon
by Cara Chow

Published: 2010
Genre: Coming of Age, YA
Paperback: 320 pages
Rating: 4

Description from the amazon:
Frances, a Chinese-American student at an academically competitive school in San Francisco, has always had it drilled into her to be obedient to her mother and to be a straight-A student so that she can go to Med school.

But is being a doctor what she wants? It has never even occurred to Frances to question her own feelings and desires until she accidentally winds up in speech class and finds herself with a hidden talent.

Does she dare to challenge the mother who has sacrificed everything for her?

Set in the 1980s.

My two-bits:
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A classic mother-daughter struggle with perspective of Chinese Americans. One can see how family and culture play such a pivotal role in life. This is also a coming-of-age story as the protagonist deals with guilt and emotional abuse.

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5 comments:

  1. this looks interesting, i hadn't seen it before!

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  2. I really should learn that it is ok to save a review for tomorrow, but had to read one more even if it is almost midnight ;)

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  3. Sounds like a fiction version of Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother!

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  4. I'm glad you liked this one. I was hoping it was as good as it sounded!

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