I won "Lucky Girl" from one of Goodreads' giveaways. It's an interesting read, detailing both how journalist Mei-Ling Hopgood's adoption as an infant...moreI won "Lucky Girl" from one of Goodreads' giveaways. It's an interesting read, detailing both how journalist Mei-Ling Hopgood's adoption as an infant came about and the aftermath as she grew up in a happy American family and what transpired after she reconnected with her Taiwanese birth family who gave her up for adoption. Many things in the book will ring true for Asian Americans, adopted or not, growing up in an American society as they did for me. Of course, Mei-Ling's experiences are uniquely her own and she details them with a touch of humor that keeps the story refreshing.
The author also makes good use of her journalistic style to lay out facts objectively and when she does delve into her personal feelings on various aspects of her adoption, the tone of the work always seems to maintain a bit of distance between Mei-Ling herself and the events happening to her. This is, of course, a work written long after many events have transpired, and the author has obviously given a great deal of thought to how to she views her biological family now which is reflected in the text. The work therefore lacks a sense of immediacy, but it also benefits from a bit more balanced a telling. The author's ability to organize each chapter of the novel like an article, playing to her writing strengths, also manages to provide the reader with a hefty chunk of story without overwhelming him or her with too many facts at once. Her writing is very pleasant and easy to read and the book itself is a quick read.
Overall, I recommend it to those interested in reading the story of someone attempting to get in touch with their cultural and familial roots and learning who they are in the process.(less)