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Lucky Girl by Mei-Ling Hopgood
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Jul 12, 2010

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This is the story of a Chinese woman who was adopted by white, American parents. The book is the story of her first contact with her biological family, how it changed her identity, and how she learned more about her bio family & their past than they initially wanted to present to her.

I was particularly interested in the parts when she learned more about why she was placed for adoption. Her father craved a son as a series of daughters were born every few years, and it was interesting to read her struggle with understanding the cultural beliefs behind that.

The writing seems a little...for lack of a better word...juvenile in places, which was surprising because the author was a writer even before this memoir. However, it had its moments of great insight and it was a quick, good read that would probably be especially intriguing for anyone interested in adoption.

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