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Patricia Park

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Obras de Patricia Park

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Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre (2016) — Contribuinte — 302 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
20th century



Thanks to NetGalley & Random House Children's, Crown Books for Young Readers for a digital advance reader's copy. All comments and opinions are my own.

I enjoyed this page-turning coming-of-age YA (young adult) novel about a Korean high schooler’s journey as she discovers her identity both on and off the plate.

Jackie Oh turns to cooking as therapy – to relieve the stress her parents have heaped on her to go to an ivy league college, especially since she’s not naturally a high achiever in school. And her older brother is in prison which is sad for everyone. Author Patricia Park says” From repurposing leftovers at her grandparents’ Manhattan deli to competing on the TV cooking show Burn Off!, food feels like a problem Jackie can actually solve in a world that makes zero sense.”

I loved the relationship Jackie has with her grandparents. Their conversations are both humorous and heartwarming. She watches the cooking show Burn Off! with her grandparents and describes how they bonded: “It was a show I didn’t have to translate into English, and they didn’t have to translate into Korean. Food is like the universal language.”

Throughout the novel Jackie is learning about herself and often fighting stereotypes: gender, ethnicity, family, etc. “Every day,” says Jackie, “I walk around feeling like I’m carrying an invisible backpack full of stress bricks. On top of my actual backpack loaded with textbooks, notebooks, and my laptop. I just feel all this pressure weighing down on me, all the time.”

The story is told in Jackie’s first person, so we learn about her and what makes her happy: “Recipe-making is my mental happy place.” She also admits, “I’m obsessed with leftovers – each time you cook something, you have to think of how you’ll transform its afterlife.” And “In the kitchen, I’m in my zone. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why I love cooking so much. Being in the kitchen helps me shut out all the scary nonsense from the outside world. Cooking is my therapy.”

Patricia Park says, “This novel was inspired by two things: My love of cooking with leftovers, and the fears and frustrations those in my community have faced over anti-AAPI hate. I’ve spoken with many students across the country like Jackie, who don’t understand why they and their family are being targeted. Who, like Jackie, cannot make sense of this moment and are done being “model minorities.” To my fellow Asians in America, who are tired of being pushed around (literally, metaphorically) – I also dedicate this book to you.”

I enjoyed this book, which is both realistic and humorous. The ending surprised me (no spoilers) and I think it would be a great book to read in a group and discuss together. Plus, there are recipes!
… (mais)
PhyllisReads | May 13, 2024 |
Gr 8 Up—Being Korean Argentinian, Alejandra Kim has always felt at odds with her peers, and fitting in becomes
more of a hurdle when microaggressions at school pull Alejandra into the spotlight. An excellent teen journey
exploring stereotypes, friendship, family dynamics, and what it means to belong.
BackstoryBooks | outras 2 resenhas | Apr 1, 2024 |
Alejandra Kim goes to an affluent high school in NYC. She's a scholarship students. She is Korean in descent but both her parents immigrated to Argentina before coming to the US. She's situated between three cultures and feels like an imposter everywhere. Her senior year she applies to her dream school. And she works to come into her own. Reeling from the death (suicide?) of her father, dealing with microagressions and a strained relationship with her mother, Alejandra tries to navigate her way making misteps on the way. She's a character for whom I cheered.… (mais)
ewyatt | outras 2 resenhas | Jan 6, 2024 |
This is one great shout-out to everyone who typecasts, prejudges, becomes an apologist, and hems and haws through their prejudices and bigotry - STOP IT - JUST DON’T DO IT. OK, now about this book.

Told with humor, some laugh out loud, mostly subtle and some heartbreaking this story, stole my heart even though I admit to not understanding a lot of the current “woke” talk. So your friend dresses in rags and is kind to you and seems to really care about you and you are thinking that you are on some sort of equal footing only to find out that she lives in a gazillion dollar brownstone. Not only that, she is white and being American is taken for granted and you stand there with your heart and mind being shredded as once again you are reminded that your name and face equal exactly what? - and how does anyone ever understand how much it hurts. Being a double/triple/quadruple minority scholarship kid at an Uber white prep school is only one facet of Alejandra’s very messed up situation. Her father being found on the tracks might trump everything else but it is going to take more than a few pages to get to that.

A coming of age, fighting for identity story that is well worth reading and not to be taken lightly. If any of it makes you cringe and want to look away - good - maybe it will give you just a little more insight and humanity. Thank you Crown books and NetGalley for a copy.
… (mais)
kimkimkim | outras 2 resenhas | Apr 29, 2023 |



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