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Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
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Apr 16, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: family, historical-fiction, multicultural, poetry, realistic, school, war-story, youth
Read in April, 2012

I don't usually like stories written through poems, but this one I really enjoyed. The blend of humor, wonder, and brusque reality pulled me in, especially in the first section, where they are still in Vietnam. The main character may be a Vietnamese girl, but much of what she feels in universal. After talking about how annoying her brothers are, she writes, "I can't make my brothers go live elsewhere, but I can hide their sandals." It's this slightly offbeat take on everything that is happening to her and her family that makes me enjoy both the character and the story.
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