The story is told in first person narration by Amy Lim. Her father came to the United States from Cambodia. His pregnant wife came later and the family lived in Florida in a Cambodian neighborhood. Amy’s mother leaves when she is ten years old. Amy and her father are devastated. Amy’s father starts to drink and is verbally abusive to Amy.
Amy’s Dad decides to move to southern California near San Diego. Amy attends a new school where she meets Sopiep Sok and Anthony and the three become good friends. As Amy’s Dad becomes friendly with the Soks, he meets a woman that he would like to date. Amy’s world is turned upside down when she goes on a trip with the Soks and comes face to face with her mother.
You will need to read the book and find out what happens to Amy and her family. I highly recommend this book for Older Readers and Mature Readers. The reader will have compassion for the characters and find the situations compelling. The book provides perspective of someone from a different culture with different traditions. 304 pages Ages 10 and up 978-0385732222
Recommended by Karen Limbaugh, Retired Librarian, Texas USA