You can tell from the enormous stack of awards on the cover of this book that it’s a powerful story, but it’s absolutely one to experience for yourself. At once triumphant, joyful, heartbreaking, and contemplative, this historical-fiction follows a Chinese American teen growing up during the 1950s and coming into her queer identity. As she discovers who she is and falls in love, she must balance not only the racial discrimination and homophobia rampant at that time, but also the tensions within her own family and her relationship with them. Flowing in and out of different moments in Chinese-American history, this book is an absolute triumph of teen literature and a vital tribute to the intersection of queer and Asian American identities.
(YA Historical Fiction 14+) - Reviewed by Iz