The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling
But when Mum finally gets out of bed, things go from b ...more
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Giveaway dates: Sep 15 - Sep 28, 2020
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// as always I have a deep respect for #ow ...more
Not only does it cover the mental illness and depression well, but it’s also balanced with equal parts warmth, of hope and of love and acceptance. I don’t know how Wai Chim does it, but The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling captures so much of my life growing up. From having strict, traditional Chinese-Australian parents, to the mental illness stigma and a sister having to take care of her siblings, there’ ...more
I don't remember the last time a book made me feel so vulnerable and raw. This book made me confront a lot of personal feelings about a lot of things, some of which were uncomfortable, but I think that's why this book is so important and necessary.
The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling is one of the most candid and honest portrayals of how mental illness intersects with Asian identity, culture, and values.
Not only was this an effortless 5⭐ read, b ...more
i adored this! the only thing holding me back from a higher rating was the fact that:
a) the romance was between a 16yo girl in high school and a 20yo man who worked for her father's business
b) how frustratingly obvious this was written by an american author, despite being set in australia with an aussie cast
➸ Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[ableism & ableist language (central theme), racism & racial slurs, microaggressions discussed, classism, physical, emotional & verbal pare ...more
CW: (view spoiler)[Suicidal thoughts, mental health issues resulting in child neglect and institutionalisation (possibly bipolar), racial stereotyping, animal cruelty. (hide spoiler)]
Warning: This book will bring on an intense desire to eat dumplings and other delicious Chinese food.
What a gem of a book. I loved the dynamics between the different family members and reading about the customary deferential treatment of parents in Chinese culture. The way the tension ...more
This is a really sound and emotionally intelligent narrative exploring issues around mental health and family pressures. The story follows Anna as she deals with mounting pressures ...more
- I literally finished this book in under 24 hours the first time I read it because of how immersive and engaging it was. If you’re looking for your next contemporary read this is a great pick
- This book is about food and family (the bonds between parents and kids, and sibling relationships) which I loved for the realism as well as its really heartwarming moments
- The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling explores the pro ...more
With a title like this, I was hoping for a feel good book that would take me on a journey. Who doesn't love a good dumpling? And I was right: the story is fresh and warm and life affirming, whilst still tackling impor ...more
Mostly, I love it because it feels so true to my immigrant family. There were so many instances that I was just 'yes, that's so true!' & 'that is just how it is in my Chinese family too!'. The author herself would have gone through a very similar experiences noting her background, being Chinese American. Though we are proudly claiming her as an Aussie these days ;)
Sidenote: I'm disappointed the U.S. Publisher decided to change the cover because I really like t ...more
Even though I knew going in that this book is about what it's like to have a loved one with mental illness, I did not expect it to be so heavy--to the point that I couldn't read this book for more than 45 minutes at a time.
This book brought me to tears. It explored the intersections between class, culture, immigration, family dynamics in the context of Chinese culture, and mental illness; and how eldest daughters receive the brunt of responsibility within ...more
Characters = adorable and heartbreaking.
Plot = devastating and intense, and so very real.
Romance = so cute, little cheesy, but wholesome.
Hunger rating = all time high. I’m telling you, I’ve never wanted dumplings more!!
Side note that doesn’t really matter in the scheme of the whole book = Miss Kennedy was kinda the worst, and she needed to just chill out seriously.
Overall, I really enjoyed this. Especially the #ownvoices rep. I’ve always kno ...more
But it also sympathetically conveys the cultural values that prevent Anna from seeking outside help and her dad from acknowledging his ...more
This is a wonderful book, and at the same time a very serious, heavy one. It follows the story of the Chiu family and their struggles through the mother of the family’s mental illness, taking a stark look at how children deal with their parents’ difficulties. It is realistic and stinging, and it manages to wrap in beautiful food, pressing social issues, and a love story all at once! It was an absolutely marvellous read, especially for a YA novel.
I loved the fact as wel ...more
Things I loved:
The Cantonese culture rep
A lot of the times in YA books when there's Chinese diversity it comes in the form of Mandarin or Taiwanese-which is gr ...more
It took me a while to get into this, but once I was in, I flew through it. And this definitely wasn't what I was expecting. The front cover was all cutesy contemporary story. The book itself was somewhat reminiscent of Saving Francesca, where the protagonist's mother has stopped getting out of bed and ...more