Friday, November 25, 2011

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

Published in 2010. 307 pages.

This memoir-style novel was a great read! I enjoyed the voice of main character Kimberly, and I loved watching her grow from an 11-year-old immigrant child into a confident, successful woman. A phrase from the back cover blurb says it well:

In time, Kim learns to translate not just her language but herself, back and forth between two worlds, between hardship and triumph, heartbreak and love, and all that gets lost in translation.

Girl in Translation was the winner of the July-October 2011 Salt Lake County Reader's Choice. It also was one of the ten winners of the 2011 Alex Award (which is given to books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18); because my 15-year-old daughter liked Girl in Translation as much as I did, I think the award is well deserved.



  1. I've been hearing so much about this book. I am thinking of getting a copy of it. :)

  2. Alice: I think you'll like this one!

  3. This one was surprisingly good for me. Glad you liked it, too!