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Chinglish This book shines a light on the experience of growing up as a teenager in the 80 s and immerses you in what it must have felt like being from a different cultural background in that era and what that brings with it I couldn t put it down, it has laugh out loud moments and some incredibly poignant ones I loved the illustrations by the author throughout which worked really well with her writing style and recommend this book to tweens and adults especially if you grew up in the 80 s. Easy to read in diary style Set in the eighties so there are many references to the styles, technologies and social prejudices of the time I thought it might be appropriate for the school library but I would suggest older pupils A little hard hitting than Adrian Mole Language is quite strong and it touches on an abusive relationship within a family However, I wish there had been a book like this around when I was a young teen It is a humorous but also angry look at this writer s family It made me wonder if she had found any forgiveness for them perhaps in her next book Worth a read. I bought this book because I d read an interview with the author in an online newspaper and she seemed really funny and this book was portrayed as being about her life as a second generation Chinese immigrant teenager growing up in the U.K Well, the interview was funny, but the book was not The humour is there but it s short lived and kinda flat at times I thought it might be a good read for my young daughter but I m glad I read it first the plot meanders along without much happening the narrator moans about her life A LOT but then there s a random twist the dad is physically abusive towards his family I couldn t understand why no one had mentioned this any where It does give a different viewpoint on life in the U.K which I really appreciated but perhaps not suitable for less mature readers who might find some of the scenes disturbing More suitable for 13 readers Chinglish is a hilariously funny book aimed at a teenage audience but it s suitable for adults of all ages It does come with a hint of sadness but also shows that we should never give up hope no matter how difficult it is growing up It s a fiction book but it s based on the true events documented by a teenager growing up in the 80 s living with her crazy family and unable to properly communicate with her parents The character Jo Kwan experiences many difficult situations above the usual teenage struggles and strife and uses humour to help her cope It covers some very real and sensitive topics but shows the reader that you can overcome any bad times and should never lose hope.It s an easy book to read written in the form of a diary split into manageable chapters with plenty of funny illustrations created by the author herself.Sue is a very talented writer and artist and is very brave for sharing her story to help others I couldn t put the book down I m tempted to read it again and I m looking forward to the next book As heard on Radio s Womans Hour and BBC Breakfast TVWinner of Simply the Book Coventry Inspiration Book AwardsShortlisted for the Indie Book Award plus five regional prizes It is difficult trying to talk in our family cos a Grandparents dont speak English at all b Mum hardly speaks any English c Me, Bonny and Simon hardly speak Chinese d Dad speaks Chinese and good English but doesnt like talkingIn other words, we all have to cobble together tiny bits of English and Chinese into a rubbish new language I call Chinglish It is very awkward Jo Kwan is a teenager growing up in s Coventry with her annoying little sister, too cool older brother, a series of very unlucky pets and utterly bonkers parents But unlike the other kids at her new school or her posh cousins, Jo lives above her parents Chinese takeaway And things can be tough whether its unruly customers or the snotty popular girls who bully Jo for being different Even when she does find a BFF who actually likes Jo for herself, she still has to contend with her erratic dads behaviour All Jo dreams of is breaking free and forging a career as an artistTold in diary entries and doodles, Jos brilliantly funny observations about life, family and char siu make for a searingly honest portrayal of life on the other side of the takeaway counter A really good book well written, full of vitality and a mature compassion for parents It was a gift for my 13 year old granddaughter who loves it and I did too. I was very excited to read this after communicating with the Author on Social Media A brilliant read, so funny and heartbreakingly similar to the upbringing of many of my Chinese peers during the 80s 90s.The memoirs are charming, and also hit the heart deep as it was a reality to which a lot of us had lived with through our childhood.This great book isn t just limited to Chinese people who are reminiscent on their own struggles living above a takeaway I think it reaches out to anyone whose lives have been touched by British born Chinese kids all but a few centuries ago.Well done to the author, you really tugged at my heart throughout. We are giving this as a Christmas present for my niece so it actually is not read.However we scanned through it and had a good chuckle we definitely agree this is going to be an enjoyable and fun read for her really would love to read it myselfso yes a very funny experience for my niece. In a time when collectivism is pushed by the status quo i.e., conformity over individuality, it s refreshing to see a book, particularly a book aimed at young readers, that promotes individuality Chinglish tells the story of a teenager growing up between cultures in 1980s England She doesn t quite identify as Chinese, doesn t quite identify as English She s a girl with no country Of course, when tribalism fails the intelligent, individuality will emerge This is a book that could only come from a Gen X writer Neither Boomers nor Millennials seem to appreciate the power of individuality the way Generation X does or, at least, did I don t know where the majority of my generation has gone off to, but I m happy to see Sue Cheung hasn t forgotten what it was like to overcome bullies in the 1980s by simply being yourself Hopefully, the generation after the Millennials will read books like this and the art of TRULY being yourself will re emerge The engine of evolution, after all, is powered by individuals Highly recommended.


About the Author: Sue Cheung

Is a well known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Chinglish book, this is one of the most wanted Sue Cheung author readers around the world.


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