Monday, September 03, 2007

Home Is East by Many Li

After Amy’s Cambodian mother abandons her, Amy is left with her loving, timid, Cambodian father. Her “Once so wonderful” world has been rearranged. The friends that she had had in St. Petersburg, Florida, were left behind when her dad suddenly decided to move them both to California. He begins to drink, gamble and smoke in a matter of hours after Amy’s mom leaves. Amy feels so scared and confused in the mature world her new life in California sucks her into. She battles her drunken father and settles into her life when she can. Then, her life finally becomes pleasurable.

This book was well-written, but traveled at a slow pace. Many Li put lots of passion into the story, but a few chapters off and on were a bit slow moving. I liked the book, but it didn’t exactly grab my attention and hold it as I would have preferred. I recommend this to anyone who likes a challenge from a book.

Content: Lots of alcoholic drinking. Some adult situations that some may not understand. Some frightening situations.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 7

Reviewer Age: 11
Reviewer City, State and Country: Osseo, Wisconsin United States

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