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Girl Overboard by Justina Chen
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Apr 23, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: teen

Syrah Chen is the daughter of Ethan and Betty Chen and the family is very wealthy. Syrah really enjoys snowboarding but after a run in the back country, Syrah damaged her knee and had to have pins put in. Syrah’s friend is Age who is dating Natalia even though Syrah would like him for herself. Syrah dreams of getting sponsors and becoming a snowboarding star. Syrah finds a friend in Lillian who she travels with to the hospital and helps her with a party she is having for the children. Lillian has a sister Amanda who has leukemia. Syrah comes up with the idea for having a snowboarding benefit to raise money for the children in the hospital. She finds an ally in her half sister Grace whom she thought hated her but Grace turns out to be OK. She also confronts Jared, the boy who broke her heart and she realizes she doesn’t need him anymore.

The book takes a long time to start. I had a lot of trouble getting into it and it wasn’t until after page 100 that the book started to pick up. It is hard to feel sorry for Syrah because she is so wealthy but she is a strong female character. The relationship with Age doesn’t seem to go anywhere, he disappears for the entire middle of the book and comes back right at the end and it sort of falls flat. The book is a little long and maybe it could have done without the part about the Cultural Revolution and the Leung family (Syrah’s mothers family) although interesting it adds another layer to an already convoluted story.
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