I just read this book for my writing class. It’s the story of a girl named Young Ju who emigrates from Korea to America with her family when she’s about four years old. The entire novel is comprised of vignettes beginning in Korea and ending with Young Ju approaching college. Though it’s all first-person from Young Ju’s POV, the voice grows as she does, changing from very fragmented observations to a fluid perspective on her family and surroundings. All of the writing is extremely poetic, and the figurative language is so unique and unexpected that it took my breath away more than once. I would definitely recommend it, though it is not always an easy book to read (and please note: TRIGGER WARNING for domestic violence). Young Ju is a quiet person, and in many ways (with a few notable exceptions) this is a quiet book, but the character’s observations, experiences, and strength will stay with you.

I just read this book for my writing class. It’s the story of a girl named Young Ju who emigrates from Korea to America with her family when she’s about four years old. The entire novel is comprised of vignettes beginning in Korea and ending with Young Ju approaching college. Though it’s all first-person from Young Ju’s POV, the voice grows as she does, changing from very fragmented observations to a fluid perspective on her family and surroundings. All of the writing is extremely poetic, and the figurative language is so unique and unexpected that it took my breath away more than once. I would definitely recommend it, though it is not always an easy book to read (and please note: TRIGGER WARNING for domestic violence). Young Ju is a quiet person, and in many ways (with a few notable exceptions) this is a quiet book, but the character’s observations, experiences, and strength will stay with you.

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