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Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
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Jul 29, 2012

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Read from January 14 to 23, 2015

Lisa See's writing is always so descriptive, that she actually transports us to the time period depicted. This is the sequel to Shanghai Girls, and was very good. Joy is now 19 years old and because she found out in the last book that her parents were not really her parents, she goes out in search of her birth father in China during Mao's reign. She has hopes and dreams in believing that things in China under communist rule are actually going better than what the Americans always proclaimed. She wants to escape her mother. . .and her birth mother who she thought was her aunt the whole time, but she continually sees them wherever she goes because they were "beautiful girls" or the things they taught her about China are now all around her. Soon she realizes that she can't do anything without actually appreciating them and how they raised her. This book has a lot of happy points and a lot of sad points, and Pearl shines in this book quite a bit. I like how her character grows here.

I give it 3.5 stars.

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