I read this book for my English class among a collection of other memoirs. Because the book was written in diary format, it gave it an interesting loo...moreI read this book for my English class among a collection of other memoirs. Because the book was written in diary format, it gave it an interesting look and was also an extremely fast read. It was enjoyable (I didn't put it down out of boredom or have to force myself through it), but nothing ever actually happened. It's the most "normal" of all the memoirs assigned in that it's just a diary of a young teenager and her life growing up in Louisiana.
It was an enjoyable break from the 'traumatic childhood' memoirs, but probably not one I'll read again.(less)
I'd like to give this book four stars, but at the end, I have to give it three, but it's more like a 3.5 (why don't they have half stars?)
Stealing Bud...moreI'd like to give this book four stars, but at the end, I have to give it three, but it's more like a 3.5 (why don't they have half stars?)
Stealing Buddha's Dinner is about a Vietnamese girl who's family fled from their home to live in America. All Bich wants to do is be an American, and also to be invisible. I really liked her character, mostly because she reminds me of how I remember myself as a child. I can see myself being friends with her, sharing books and crawling through bushes to play. Reading about how a foreigner trying to fit into the 'American Culture' shines a new light on things taken for granted.
The memoir was one of her childhood, but at the end, she wrote about herself as a college student visiting her real mother and later traveling to Vietnam to 'find her roots'. There's a good 5-10 year gap that is missing from her novel. I feel the end when she's older was a good closing for the book, but I would have been happy with a few more chapters to cover the later teenage years. That is why I can't give it four stars, I wanted to read more, instead of loosing a few years to shorten the novel.(less)