“The stepmother in this story is 10 times worse than the one in the fairy tale, maybe because this story is true. If you like reading about the horrors of other people's true lives, you might enjoy this one, but I really did not. I found the children to be too mature or intellectual for their given ages. I also did not find it to be inspirational. She did not send a message of her perseverance in her studies being what saved her from her awful home life. If you have to win an international writing contest to finally be valued, it doesn't give much hope for the rest of us.”JM wrote this review Monday, July 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“best autobiography i've read so far. ”Hoonani McClung wrote this review Tuesday, May 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this book. It is just like the childhood story of Cinderella but it all happens in China. It proves that if you work hard you will get what you want in life. It is also wonderful (and sad at the same time) how Adeline is the one writing the book and telling you about her life. Wonderfully done. ”Katy K. wrote this review Monday, April 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In her memoir, Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter, Adeline Yen Mah recounts her experiences growing up in an abusive household in China during and after World War II. Adeline’s mother died shortly after giving birth to her. As a result, her siblings and father blamed Adeline for her mother’s death. Adeline soon became an outcast in her own home. The physical and emotional abuse intensified after her father remarried. Her stepmother was especially cruel towards her. She separated Adeline from the only people that loved her: her aunt and grandfather. Adeline yearned for her family’s attention and affection. Her only solace was attending school. A place where hard work was rewarded and she felt accepted. This is an emotional and inspiring story about how hopes and dreams help us overcome great odds.
Connection: This is a difficult book to read because of the vivid depiction of the suffering and neglect that the author endured as a child. It clearly conveys the feelings of an unloved child. Nonetheless, it also demonstrates the power of hope and resilience. It also portrays the educational system as a powerful tool that helps you control your destiny and be successful. Consequently, this would be a great addition to a summer reading list at the secondary level.
“This book made me realize how lucky we are to have families that accept us for who we really are. ”Francine wrote this review Monday, April 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I would probably have enjoyed this a lot more when I was younger but it was a good book nonetheless. I felt the ending was in a bit of a strange place and rather abrupt to so I may have to read her autobiography when I have time! I found the chapter with the duckling particularly sad.”Devon H wrote this review Thursday, March 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Chinese Cinderella, A true story of about a young Chinese girl and her life. This story portrays Love, Success and the struggles of life. The main focus is mainly on the young daughter, her life her travels her point of view on what was going on around her. I highly recommend this book It has many emotional twists and has many interesting facts about the early Chinese ways of living.
“This book is a good book. To me it was really sad because the mother had died when she had given birth to this unwanted child.”Makamae Kamaka-Mauhili wrote this review Saturday, February 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“looks like someone really didn't want their own daughter ”4 Dacia wrote this review Wednesday, March 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No