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White Ghost Girls by Alice Greenway
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White Ghost Girls is set in Hong Kong during the 1960s. Frankie and Kate are two American girls living with their mother while their photojournalist father is in Vietnam photographing the war. Kate is quiet and shy. Frankie is rebellious, but also more insecure. Both are struggling to find a place in the worlds of each of their parents, but especially want to connect with their father.

Some of the prose is almost lyrical and haunting. And the Chinese obsession with ghosts foreshadows the tragic end. Yet I couldn't love this book. It takes two thirds of the book for any semblance of plot to develop. Also, the entire book is told in the present tense with no transition to alert the reader to passage of days or months. It made the exact time line impossible to follow.
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Amber Berry You did a good job of describing the book. I also gave it 3 stars, but I think I liked it better than you did?


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