ISBN: 1524740977
EAN13: 9781524740979
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 2, 2021
Pages: 400
Dimensions: 1.05" H x 8.25" L x 5.56" W
Weight: 0.7936641 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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A Reese's Book Club YA Pick and New York Times Bestseller

From the critically acclaimed author of Luck of the Titanic, Under a Painted Sky, and Outrun the Moon comes a powerful novel about identity, betrayal, and the meaning of family.

By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, Dear Miss Sweetie. When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society's ills, but she's not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender. While her opponents clamor to uncover the secret identity of Miss Sweetie, a mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta's most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she, a girl used to living in the shadows, is ready to step into the light. With prose that is witty, insightful, and at times heartbreaking, Stacey Lee masterfully crafts an extraordinary social drama set in the New South. Read More chevron_right

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   Historical YA romance
This was a historical YA romance that had an interesting plot, liberal splashes of humor, and was a pleasure to read, Morgenthau said. However, I'm not certain if the historical details were accurate, and overall it felt real. Though she is a spunky character, perhaps surprisingly outspoken for her time period, the book was still refreshing and fun to read. At the end, I did wonder why no one commented on her injury—she didn't even think about it herself. It's just that it was like it never happened. All the plot threads were wrapped up very nicely, and I enjoyed reading a standalone novel that didn't involve a cliffhanger leading into a series.
 
5
   Excellent story!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, said Dr. Elizabeth D. Lee, who co-chaired the inquiry. The main characters are well developed, at least enough that their actions make sense, he said. The story line is good, although I'm not completely convinced of the realism of it all. I didn't research to find out if the horse race could have taken place. The girl downstairs involves the confused Asian place in the 19th century south, an area I'm not even aware of. Yes, there are plantations, but they are not considered racist. As people navigate racism and sexism, they are not alone. There are some very personal relationships that transcend that systemic racism. It's not a story about racism, it's a story about growing up without parents and finding one's voice.
 
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   Loved this book
It had so many interesting stories within the story and it kept me in suspense trying to figure out all of the details, Morgenthau said. I've always loved the main character and how she grew so independent despite difficult times. I also liked how Caroline matured in the end and how closely she related to her and actually helped her throughout the entire book. It was very relatable as it didn't all end perfectly but such is life.
 
5
   Great page turner for all the women and girls out there!!
This story of a Chinese American girl of seventeen, living under the family that prints a newspaper in Atlanta Georgia. Right away you are enveloped in the world of Jo, who lives with her stand-in father, a British soldier who was secretly used to help free slaves. It's great to be back home, said Jo. Independent. Even with the obstacles that come with being an entrepreneur, she has the entrepreneurial spirit to keep moving. If you are looking for a good turner this is your book.
 
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   Trite story
I wasn't very happy with this book. The plot was predictable from the second page, and the prose was at times florid. It was also poorly edited, or else the author doesn't understand homonyms.
 
4
   "Luck rides a horse named Joy"
The book is very well illustrated, and I recommend it to anyone. I was so desperate to see the show's star, Jo, succeed. In her later years, she found guidance and love in a Chinese man named Old Gin. Both were apprenticed to aristocratic families as servants, while living secretly in the basement of a printing company. And it was there that she learned to read and write through the family members who owned the printing press. In a desperate bid to keep the paper afloat, The Focus agrees to help them out by secretly writing a column under the name Miss Sweetie. Though I enjoyed the author's prose, I found the anecdotes too good to put down. It was a blast, I laughed and cried in equal measure. The film is a story about overcoming the struggle of race and poverty, but also about love and fighting for what you believe in, Turner said. If you're in the mood for something uplifting, I highly recommend checking out this book.
 
4
   Opened my eyes to additional racism I didn't realize happened in history - Engaging story overall
This book taught me a lot about additional historical racism against Asians and African Americans _ all woven into a perfectly interesting and engaging story. I was a bit bothered by the very modern voice telling this story, since it is set at the turn of the century, but overall it was a good read, interesting, and enlightening with characters that you cared about, too.
 
5
   Couldn't put it down
You might think it was an interesting story of a Chinese girl living in Atlanta during the 1890s, but this is so much more. One gets a history lesson of both African and Chinese Americans living in the post-Civil War decades as well as the suffrage movement long before women got to vote in 1920. But this book is still more than that, a story with twists and turns that make it impossible to put down halfway. Highly recommend.
 
5
   A thoughtful and delightful treat!
The hype surrounding Dr. Goin's appointment is well-deserved, the doctor said. Presenting a perspective seldom seen in literature or elsewhere -- that of an Asian American teenager in the deep South post-Civil War -- this book somehow addresses the painful and ugly history of that time while maintaining a sicked sense of humor. nan Turner said he wanted to thank God that the Beatles were still alive. It's just that they call it "computer geek." In the event that I am attacked, I shall assay not to assault your ears. A morel mushroom and two mousy acorns. You put your hands up, and I think that's pretty impressive." I heard them say it's because they're not watching. To bleat or not to bleat, that is the question, he said. Ha ha!, Tunick said. It's great to be back home, said Blair.
 
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   LOVED this book
This is a great, fun, entertaining novel, Simon says. I absolutely enjoyed Missie and all of the other characters, said Blair. There were also a lot of unexpected twists that came together nicely, Morgenthau said. In "The Chinese Americans," Lee balances fun, depth and sheds a light on the contributions they made to the United States around the 1890s. It's a great read, and I'm not alone in saying so. Get it? If you think so, you won't regret it. I'm an adult but I'm sure teens would also totally enjoy it. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
 
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