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Unpolished Gem by Alice Pung
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Jan 09, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: books-i-struggled-myself-through
Recommended to Alea by: My teacher
Recommended for: Only persons with big interest in Chines culture or imigrants.
Read from December 07, 2010 to January 08, 2011

How comes that all the books I read for school assignment I have to struggle through? That was my first thought about Unpolished Gem. That was on page 50 or something. Some pages later I realised the problem about the book; it doesn't have a story. Normally in a book you would know were it's heading, and I don't mean that you know what will happened exactly or that you know the end, couse that just makes the book bad. No, I mean that there is a problem in most books, a quest, or just something that have to be solved. Unpolished Gem doesn't have that.

The book is about Alice, from a little time before she was born until she is about 19 years old. The thing I didn't like about the book is that there is no big problem that starts in the beginning of the book and gets solved at the end. Most of the time I read the book I waited for a story to turn up. The book is from Alice's view and she tells a nice story about her life, but it's never gripping. At some points of the book you actually got a story, it's her grandmother when she was young, her parents before they came to Australia or it's Alice herself having problems with boys. All of these stories catch you for a moment, but not more then a moment. Another thing is that I doesn't really understand all the problems she have. I doesn't understand her thoughts, most of the time I just get annoyed at her.

Sometimes when I read a book I don't like, at the end all the excitement comes and I start to like the book anyway. That's not the case here. The end is just as confusing as the rest of the book. It were a good place to end the book though, but then there's the epilogue. It is really just a continuing of the story, and I don't understand why it's there. Also the epilogue ended kind of weird, just in the middle of a story I thought.

All in all, this was no good book.

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