Absolutely LOVED it! My 10 year old son read it for a project at school. He said it was one I would like....he was so right. Below is a summary of hisAbsolutely LOVED it! My 10 year old son read it for a project at school. He said it was one I would like....he was so right. Below is a summary of his review. You can check out the entire review at www.seasidebooknook.com.
Ha is a ten year old girl living in South Vietnam. She planted a papaya seed and has watched it grow over the years. She loves the papaya fruit. Ha gets teased by her three older brothers. Her Ma is raising all four kids by herself and works two jobs to be able to feed her family. Her Dad has been captured by North Vietnam. Her country has been divided into South and North Vietnam. Ha and her family leave in the middle of the night on a Navy ship, to escape South Vietnam. The next day, North Vietnam takes over South Vietnam.
After weeks at sea, they arrive in Guam. They only stay in Guam a few days and are sent to Alabama. The Cowboy sponsors Ha’s family. He hires her oldest brother Quang to work at his auto shop repairing cars in exchange for an apartment. Ha and her brothers Vu and Khoi must repeat the last grade they attended in Saigon. School is very hard for Ha as she doesn’t speak English and the kids are very mean to her. She doesn’t fit as her skin is not black or white, but is olive. She has different shaped eyes, straight hair that doesn’t hold curls and a flat face.
Ha and her family stick together learn how to become a stronger family in Alabama. They get Baptized in Cowboy’s church, learn how to be grateful for food they don’t like, and learn how to speak English. Ha becomes friends with two other kids in school. Her brother Vu teaches her how to defend herself against the bully, “Pink boy.” Her brother Khoi takes her to school on his bike and picks her up at the end of each day. Her mother finds a job making clothes. Ma loses her purple marriage ring and Ha and her family realize that her Dad has died. They all agree that the next year will be better for them as they celebrate Tet, the Vietnam’s new year....more
I absolutely loved There Goes the Bride. It was a very "new" style of book to me. The story is told by two people, and one of them is NOT Polly! So thI absolutely loved There Goes the Bride. It was a very "new" style of book to me. The story is told by two people, and one of them is NOT Polly! So there are actually three different stories inter-weaved together. The book alternates between Bella, Polly's sister, and Grace, Polly's best friend.
Bella is the opposite of Polly. She is a carter, slightly overweight and average height. Polly is perfect in every way. Bella tends to date "losers" and can't have children. Polly is engaged to a "catch," Dev. Grace is more like Polly. Grace is perfect in every way, but in a miserable marriage.
In There Goes the Bride, will find a great story that unwinds as you read the book, a steamy affair, a bully of a husband (I didn't like Grace's husband), an unbelievable secret, a heroine (loved Bella!) and a hot (but hairy!) Irishman!
I really enjoyed The Magic Room. I like the format, chapters on the owner of Becker's Bridal in Fowler, Michigan, interwoven with brides and their stoI really enjoyed The Magic Room. I like the format, chapters on the owner of Becker's Bridal in Fowler, Michigan, interwoven with brides and their stories. The story on Shelly Becker (owner) is about her past (including in family's), present and future hopes. The stories about the brides introduce us to the bride, her finance, experience at Becker's and the Magic Room, and the wedding. I really liked how the book was written. This is a really good read....more