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Bitter Melon by Cara Chow
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Feb 20, 11

bookshelves: teen
Read from February 17 to 19, 2011

Frances's mother is overbearing, and constantly putting her down. She wants Frances to go to Berkley and become a doctor, but Frances ends up accidentally taking speech instead of calculus. She starts to discover the power her mother's words have over her, and a way to escape.

I liked this, but sometimes I thought Frances's mother, Grace, was over the top. I didn't really understand why she was the way she was. And I wasn't that invested in Frances's relationship with Derek because I kind of thought he was a jerk for continuing to date Diana after he asked Frances out. I couldn't help but compare this title to Justina Chen Headley's "Girl Overboard"; I thought that book dealt with similar themes, but was more nuanced.

I think my favorite character was Theresa. I liked how she grew throughout the book.

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