Hello bookstargram! Selamat datang! 你好！Which country are you from? I am from the tiny courtry filled with diversity - Malaysia 🇲🇾
Big thank you to @definitely books for sending me a ARC of Chinglish. This book will be in all good bookstores in September 2019! #chinglishbook #pansing
Chinglish is an almost entirely true story by Sue Cheung. It tells the story of Jo Kwan living in the UK with her Chinese family. They are not well off, thus they need to save money on redundant things. Her family owns a Chinese takeaway shop. Jo is in High School and she like everyone wants to fit in and not get targeted. 📖
Her story is written in a diary format which I found quite interesting as you don't see that often in YA. It brought me the nostalgia of reading middle-grade books like Dork Diaries and The Diaries of a Whimpy Kid. Her story felt more personal in this format, it was like sneakingly reading my friend's diary to know more about her underneath all those walls. Never do that in real life though! Reading Jo's story made me want to stand up for the unfairness in her life, especially for the way her parents treated her and her siblings. They made them feel unloved and unwanted. Her parents also do not see the importance of education, they want Jo to quit school and start learning the ropes in the family business. My proud girl, Jo did succeed in school. Moreover, she encouraged her sister to do the same. To quote her "Doing well in school is how you can get out of here" , "here" being the toxic, abusive family environment they live in. The doodles which added comic amusement in the book was very fun to read, it added a touch of personality to the pages.
I also wish to point out that the book deals with wth mental illness, bullying, and abuse. I hate to applaud the author for putting all of that into the book in a light-hearted way but still impactful. The message was powerful and clear in this book - Be whoever you want to be, do not change a trait of yourself just to fit in and be normal, love yourself enough to stay the same even though others strive to pull you down and always, always believe that there will be better days. 🦋