Girl in Translation: You'll Want Your Daughter To Read It
Girl in Translation is a novel that women will read and want their daughters to read. It is a story of a girl who transition in multiple ways. This novel takes the reader on a journey of not only cultural and language transitions, but also the passage every woman goes through to become who they are destined to be.
From the first page you are shown a woman who has a past that she still struggles with. The main character is clearly still in an identity crisis of who she is, who she is supposed to be, and who she wants to be. Kimberly is a character that is easy to identify with; whether you can identify with her love of learning, her search for her place in the world, or even her dislike for her 11 year old school picture, there is something that every woman will connect with.
Kimberly and her mother must travel a road that many of us cannot even imagine; her story of loss, immigration, and struggle are heart wrenching and heartwarming at the same time. The reader gets engrossed in each step of the journey.
I found that novel to be one that you get so caught up in and lose track of how much you have read. I was rooting for Kimberly to step out and be her own, while feeling for her mother and her desires for Kimberly. It is hard to live a double life and Kimberly does it in a way that I am not sure I could have done. Jean Kwok writes the story in a way that you can easily place yourself in the story and I began questioning what I would have done in those situations.
Girl in Translation is a novel that I will not only recommend to others, but also read again, which is the highest form of praise I can offer.