Monday, July 18, 2016

Outrun the Moon

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Hello, Bode Book Reviewers!

I know it's summer, and I know that some of you are reading (maybe not this...but something!) Don't forget that you are free to post here over the summer if you'd like! :) I've been doing some reading, and I'd love to share some of the awesome books that I've read so far!

Today I'd love to talk about Outrun the Moon by Stacy Lee. Set in the early 1900s in San Fransisco, California, Outrun the Moon is about 15 year-old Mercy Wong. Mercy has grown up in the boisterous and beautiful China Town, but she wants to do more than marry and work in Chinatown forever. She aspires to go to a fancy school for girls and someday run her own business.

However, her story begins in April of 1906-- when an event was about to shake the world of San Fransisco very literally. She must cope with the aftermath-- and continue to struggle with the stereotypes and difficulties of being Chinese in world that focuses more on her looks than her abilities.

Lee does a fantastic job describing Mercy's life through vivid imagery and dialogue. I love the way that the book taught me about a point of view and a historical event that I don't know a lot about. She does a great job showing the events of the story rather than telling us what happens. I did struggle a little bit with the beginning of the book-- it's a little slow and focuses primarily on character development rather than action. If you stick through it, however, the climax and end of the story make it worth the journey!

I'd give Outrun the Moon a 4/5 stars.

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