Saturday, October 24, 2015
Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai
I really loved this book. So often books set in other cultures are meant to SHOW YOU ABOUT THE CULTURE and the story is missing. This book does show you about Vietnam and how different it is from Mai's world, but it doesn't favor either culture as they both have their merits. Mai, meanwhile, is a typical American teen, not a saint. The story shows her growing slowly and realistically but she doesn't completely abandon who she is. There is warmth and humor a plenty in this book.