Bitter Melon

Bitter Melon

Book - 2011
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With the encouragement of one of her teachers, a Chinese American high school senior asserts herself against her demanding, old-school mother and carves out an identity for herself in late 1980s San Francisco.
Publisher: New York : Egmont USA, 2011
ISBN: 9781606841266
Branch Call Number: YA CHO
Characteristics: 309 p


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IndyPL_BethP Jun 04, 2019

Mother knows best...or does she? This is a fascinating look into the life of a girl with a “tiger mother”. Frances, a Chinese American high school senior, is used to her mother making decisions for her. All the decisions – what to eat, how to dress, what classes to take, what to do with her life, well as what not to do – date boys, get any grade less than an A, not get into the college of her mother’s choosing, etc. However, a scheduling mistake at school causes Frances to experience the joys of public speaking, and to discover she’s good at it. Will Frances have the courage to stand up to her mother, or will she simply submit to her mother’s demands, as she always has? Or has her taste of freedom given her the will to take control of her own future, her own destiny, and her own heart?

Jun 23, 2015

Such a great book! Got it as a gift and I won't forget it. I can relate to it and its really inspiring and raw

Jul 07, 2014

A profound book about abuse and how it can go unseen by the victim. "Bitter Melon" made me cry a lot, but it also made me reexamine how family ties could hurt people. It also introduced me to my dream college (:

lisajenn Mar 11, 2011

Beautiful, compelling, heart-wrenching story about a sheltered Chinese-American teen struggling against her controlling mother.

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