Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Book Review: Girl In Translation by Jean Kwok

For February 2013 Bookies (Fiction Book Club) at Crystal Lake Public Library.

     I thought the writing was fine but the book was rather cliche.  The first half was fine but once she had the pregnancy and was off to college I thought the "twists" were quite typical and I lost interest.  I did not hate it, but I would not recommend it much to anybody, except if you cannot see plot twists coming from a mile away.  The author apparently based much of the first half on real life events and people, especially her brother, although the protagonist is a girl, Kimberly.  I think that is why the ending becomes cliche and dies, she no longer had real life to reference for those parts.  When she was referencing life in the first 1/2 to 3/4 of the book it was better written and flowed more smoothly.

And so it goes...
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