Inside the immigrant’s mind
It’s very interesting to read about how Ralph, Helen, and Theresa see the world they have chosen to live in. They also judge the locals and set themselves apart. But at the same time, they want to make it in America and they want to fit in. It is a clear struggle and one non-immigrants are not usually aware of.
As the Chang family goes through different trials and challenges, you can see they are each other’s strength—from when Theresa finds Ralph on a bench and rescues him from what could have been a terrible fate to when Ralph realizes just how much he loves and needs his sister and his family. No matter how difficult life becomes, the Chang family will always be each other’s source of happiness.
Ralph can get quite frustrating at times. He hardly evokes sympathy so sometimes it is difficult to care about what happens to him. However, this can go the other way when you choose to see him as entertaining and you want to know what inanity he will do next. As a whole, however, a character that is more likable always makes a better protagonist.
Bookshelf Meter: 3 stars
1 star – Don’t even bother.
2 stars – Since there’s nothing else to read…
3 stars – Worth borrowing from a friend, but not buying your own
4 stars – Deserves a spot on your nightstand.
5 stars – Grab this book now and forget the one you’re reading!
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Olivia Yao has been writing ever since she can remember. She has written for health, teen, parenting, and children's magazines. Her latest endeavor is being a mom to her three-year-old daughter—her toughest assignment yet.
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