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Secondhand World by Katherine Min
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Apr 12, 2009

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This get's 3.5 stars because, while it was lovely, the first half failed to distinguish itself from so many other similar coming-of-age/immigrant novels. It picks up in the second half and becomes genuinely moving, but it read like two novellas held together by a bridge rather than a proper novel. I wanted her to scrap this and start again with a better structure and rewrite it from the beginning. It could have been a stronger book, although the author clearly has a gift for nuanced description.

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