Review: Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

Girl in Translation Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Moving to a new place can be tough, but imagine moving to a whole new country! That’s what Kimberly Chang and her mother have done, leaving their homeland of Hong Kong to move to Brooklyn. Mrs. Chang goes from a music teacher to working in a textile factory, and Kimberly goes from being the smartest girl in her class to someone who barely understands what’s going on. After some time things begin to change for Kimberly and she once again excels in school, especially math and science, and is accepted into a prodigious school. Embarrassed by her home life, where they live in squalor, she beings to live a double life one with her mother and one at her school. How long can Kimberly keep up this charade? Read the book to find out!

I loved this book, and finished in in two days. Ms. Kwok’s writing style was very engaging and immersed me into Kimberly’s world. I’d recommend this book to anyone and everyone, I think many different people would find it appealing. Although there is some romance in the book, it’s not the focus, it’s really about Kimberly’s journey and how she can remain true to herself. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and would also recommend Ms. Kwok’s other book, Mambo in Chinatown (another great read!). Girl in Translation can be bought from

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