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IN 1937 SHANGHAI the Paris of Asia twenty one year old Pearl Chin and her younger sister May are having the time of their lives Both are beautiful modern and carefree until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth and that to repay his debts he must s. I m re rating this book up to 4 stars but with the contingency that it must be read with Dreams of Joy When read in conjunction with the second book this book is excellent really emotionally powerful Without the second book you ll be horribly disappointed with the the last 20 pages and wishing for 350 my original review is still belowRe reading 52011 in prep for the second book Dreams of Joy In retrospect my review is fairly prophetic I m so glad there s to the storyLisa See s new book which I ve been waiting for since her website mentioned that it was coming out months ago does what she does best writing about the relationships of people and the ups and downs of life long relationships Whether it s best friendslao tong Snow Flower and the Secret Fan husbands and wives the Red Princess mystery series a teenager s relationship with her parents Peony in Love Lisa has a rare ability to wrench your heart with the unbelievably powerful feelings that these relationships evoke in our livesShe certainly did this in Shanghai Girls this time with sisters who grew up in modern pre WWII Shanghai and who because of the war are forced to make huge changes in their lives for which they are entirely unpreparedWe read this story through the eyes of Pearl the older smarter less attractive sister and how she goes through her days protecting her sister and trying to harness the sibling rivalry that always exists between them The tension slowly grows and grows throughout the book until the end where if you know Lisa See books then you know what s comingThe reason that I gave this book three stars is because I felt that after the explosion of emotions there was no resolution It was too abrupt of an ending and I felt like the characters were lost to me before it was time for them to go I understand why Lisa ended the book where she did chronologically it would have reuired some serious additional writing and I bet the publishers wouldn t have allowed an 800 pg book but I wish that they had Where is my codaI will read it again and enjoy it from the perspective of one who knows what s coming but I can t say that it s my favorite Lisa See novel
characters Shanghai Girls
Ell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from Los Angeles to find Chinese brides As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime from the Chinese countryside to the shores of America Though inseparable best friends the si. This book was very disappointing I went into it eager to learn about this point in history and this should have been a good book considering the premise of the story I think it started out well and the family and events in China held my interest and seemed well defined Still the tragedies never felt that compelling and even what should have outraged me when they arrived in the US never had the impact they would have if better written I should have gotten angry I should have cried I should have felt for the characters The book evolved into a long narrative that just seemed to state dates and facts without any depth and then finally reveals what was the obvious plot point all along Did we ever know the Uncles Vern The girls friends Sam NO only as Pearl and May see them not a real people I would like to have read this story a good one written by a different author And I agree with the other reviewer who stated that the abrupt ending seems to just be setting up a seuel Think I ll pass on that if it does happen
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Sters also harbor petty jealousies and rivalries Along the way they make terrible sacrifices face impossible choices and confront a devastating life changing secret but through it all the two heroines of this astounding new novel hold fast to who they are Shanghai girls back cove.