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A Step from Heaven by An Na
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A Step From Heaven is about a Korean girl who moves to America with her parents at a young age. As a child of immigrants, Young Ju feels torn between loyalty toward her family and culture and the American way of life. Her parents work long hours in unpleasant jobs and struggle to instill traditional Korean culture into their children. The writing style is very poetic and the narrator’s descriptions are very emotional.

The book is similar to others that I read, such as American Born Chinese and and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian because it shares the common theme of feeling torn between cultures and never really fitting in anywhere. Likewise, in all of them, there are some very funny parts, but also sections that are really sad and make you feel helpless. Teens who like poetry and lots of description, and not necessarily lots of fast-paced action, would like this book. I would highly recommend listening to this book on CD because the narrator does an amazing job at capturing the characters and their feelings and I was drawn into the story quickly. The book covers a wide range of time, from when the narrator is a small child to right before she goes to college. The reader can watch her grow up and change, experiencing both great joy in small things, such as goldfish crackers and pet dogs, as well as the physical and emotional pain of domestic violence and poverty in a new country.
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Reading Progress

March 27, 2009 – Shelved
Started Reading
April 1, 2009 – Finished Reading
May 7, 2009 – Shelved as: teen-books

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