I should start by saying I just read this book in about 32 hours--I couldn't put it down! The story was so interesting and comby Jean Kwok
AR Level 5.7
I should start by saying I just read this book in about 32 hours--I couldn't put it down! The story was so interesting and compelling, and I just really wanted to know what would happen to Kimberly. Kimberly and her mom immigrate to Brooklyn, NY from Hong Kong when Kimberly is in 5th grade. She and her mom are so poor that they live in an apartment in a condemned building--for 7 years! No one is supposed to be living there. Their apartment has no heat, and many broken panes of glass in the windows. They are freezing, and they face roaches, mice, and rats every day.
Kim's mom works at a clothing factory in Chinatown, earning 1 or 2 cents for every skirt that she finishes. Kim also works there after school, even though sweatshops are illegal in the United States, and she is also too young to work. Kim has to hide her poverty and work in the sweatshop from all of her friends and teachers.
Kim reads English pretty well but has trouble understanding spoken English. However, she excels at math and science and is awarded a full scholarship to an exclusive private school for her work. Her English steadily improves. She, and the reader, know that her only chance of helping her mother and making a change in her life is to be successful in school. She goes to lengths that many of us couldn't even dream of to help her mother earn money and also succeed in school. Read the book to find out what her future holds--and whether she ever gets away from the freezing apartment and the cockroaches.
This book was very good, and I highly recommend it. The story is excellent, as is the writing. It does a great job of communicating cultural differences through language and translation. I am not an immigrant so I don't know what the experience is. However, there are some parts of the book that seem so extreme that they are unrealistic. Overall, it's wonderful!...more
Wow. Everyone should read this book, because it will speak to everyone for different reasons. So many layers skillfully contained in a small package.Wow. Everyone should read this book, because it will speak to everyone for different reasons. So many layers skillfully contained in a small package. What a beautiful experience. Once I started reading I couldn't stop. Can't wait to share with my students...from the most reluctant to the most avid readers. ...more
Yes, it's a bit Fault In Our Stars-y, but that's okay. It's a different story and I like the futuristic setting that's a lot like our present. Quick rYes, it's a bit Fault In Our Stars-y, but that's okay. It's a different story and I like the futuristic setting that's a lot like our present. Quick read, likeable characters, and I found the premise interesting. So many YA books about death are either about cancer or violence. This is an interesting change. ...more
Aveline (Avie) lives in Southern California in a time when most girls are under 20 or over 60. A synthetic hormone in beef caused ovarian cancer, killAveline (Avie) lives in Southern California in a time when most girls are under 20 or over 60. A synthetic hormone in beef caused ovarian cancer, killing 50 million American women about ten years before the book is set. Girls and women of childbearing age have become a commodity and a group called the Paternalists is taking over control of government and society. Girls can be sold to husbands when they turn 16 and then begin having babies, to make sure that society is repopulated. Wealthy girls like Avie have bodyguards and are closely protected by their families, and usually forbidden from interacting with boys their age. Avie's life reaches a turning point and she has to decide who she is and what she stands for.
This is an engaging, well-written, unique book. A Girl Called Fearless is a total page-turner but also makes some very thought-provoking points. The descriptions are very vivid and there are parts that are scary or suspenseful enough that I had to stop reading it before bed. Aveline is a complex protagonist and I like that she has moments of basically saying that she doesn't care about the revolution and she just cares about love. This is more honest and makes it less of a purely political book. I highly recommend it to adults and teens alike, and will order it for my middle school (7th and 8th grade) library and book talk it to older/more mature readers. I'm very excited for the sequel, a Girl Undone, coming out June 25, 2015....more
So far I can't put this down..."the pause" is my favorite part that I've read. Also the idea that kids get it. I was reading yesterday the part aboutSo far I can't put this down..."the pause" is my favorite part that I've read. Also the idea that kids get it. I was reading yesterday the part about leaving kids alone who are playing by themselves, just as Ori was playing by herself. Yes, I've started reading while she plays. I just can't help it, I need the reading time. That's what childproofing and all the toys around the house are for, right? That was after I read every book on her shelf to her!!...more
I just spent four creepy days reading this book. I thought it was well put-together, although other than the main character I thought all of the charaI just spent four creepy days reading this book. I thought it was well put-together, although other than the main character I thought all of the characters were either flat or larger than life, and most of them weren't believeable. But hey, I couldn't stop reading--it was a total thriller! I recommend it, but not if you have something else that you might need to get done....more