by Barbara Stuber
First sentence: “Say it, Lily.”
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Content: There’s some mild swearing and kissing. It’s probably a more complicated plot than the Middle Grade section warrants, so it’s in the YA section (grades 6-8) of the bookstore.
Lillian Firestone is an adopted daughter of Chinese heritage. Which makes her a target in Kansas City in 1951, the height of the Korean War. She took the bullying and name-calling when she was younger, but now that she’s 16, she’s taking a stand. Sort of. She walked out of class and school one day, and that act started a domino chain of events that led to the discovery of her birth parents.
There’s art involved and a lot of Chinese culture as Lily goes on this journey.
(I’m tired. Can you tell?)
I wanted to like this book. I love the cover, I love the ideas, the conflict. But I could never connect with Lily. She drove. me. nuts. Completely. And so I started skimming, skipping ahead just to see what happens. And yeah, everything’s tied up in a nice little bow.
It had potential, and I’m sure some readers will really love the art and China elements. But I wasn’t really one of them.
3 thoughts on “Girl In Reverse”
Well,art is appealing, and I like the cover too, so you haven't unsold me!
I'd seen this one. May take a look. You know what you should try to find? Cavanna's Jenny Kimura. I still have a 1964 copy in the library, and it's a good resource for learning about the prejudice against the Japanese in the post war US. Oh, and The Whispering Skull was on Netgalley. And as for the books, don't ask me details about anything, but I know plot and what studetns will like the books!
I was disappointed in this one as well. I felt like we never really got to know Lily.