Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang

 I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I honestly do not know where to start. It's been a long time since a book has left me feeling so unsettled for lack of better terminology.  The book is a collection of stories told from the viewpoints of young girls that immigrated to NYC in the 90's with their parents from China and Taiwan.  This is a very important collection of stories that I do believe help the reader put themselves in others shoes and realize how fortunate their lives have been.  The first story " We Love You Crispina" sort of reaches out and grabs a hold of you.  The descriptions of the poor living conditions, the lack of food, and racism is pretty graphic.  There was a scene involving regurgitated food that almost made me gag my damn self.  The rest of the chapters were filled with shocking, perverse, and even uncomfortable sexual interactions.  It was a tough read for sure.  I actually had to put it down a few times.  I really liked the way the author wrote in very plain and brash language because to be honest that  voice is what makes the book so memorable.  I would not recommend this for young adults under the age of 18 because of the sometimes graphic nature of the stories.

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