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The Unwanted by Kien Nguyen
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Sep 16, 2008

it was amazing

If I could give this book 10 stars I would, a horrific story of what it was to grow up in Vietnam after communist rule took over. I knew life wasn't easy for those who were considered enemies of that government but I never imagined the depth of the horror. And knowing the author and his brother were really American makes this even more horrific. I thank God he was able to escape to America and make a life for himself here. He says he has no plans to write about his life after he came here, he says it's not important because he is living a "normal life" just like everybody else but I beg to differ. I came to know and care very much about him while reading his story and I would be very interested in reading how he overcame this kind of childhood to be as well-adjusted as he seems to be. I was and am humbled by his life story. This is one of the "top 10 best books" I have read this year.
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Reading Progress

September 16, 2008 – Shelved
July 21, 2009 –
page 139
40.52% "I was up till 3 am once I started reading this..couldn't put it down!"
July 21, 2009 –
page 249
72.59% "I am having trouble putting this one down"
Started Reading
July 22, 2009 –
page 285
83.09%
July 22, 2009 –
page 343
100.0%
July 22, 2009 –
page 358
100%
July 22, 2009 –
page 400
100%
July 22, 2009 – Finished Reading

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