Jung-ling's family considers her bad luck because her mother died giving birth to her. They discriminate against her and make her feel unwanted yet she yearns and continuously strives for her parents' love. Her stepmother is vindictive and cruel and her father dismissive. Jung-ling grows up to be an academic child, with a natural ability for writing. Only her aunt and grandfather offer her any love and kindness. The story is of survival in the light of the mental and physical cruelty of her stepmother and the disloyalty of her siblings. Jung-ling blossoms in spite of everything and the story ends as her father agrees to let her study in England.
A Puffin Modern Classic edition of this bestselling autobiography, celebrating ten years of publication.
This is a true story about a young girl who lives in China and her family hates her apart from her Aunt Baba. It is a sad story but it is really gripping and I loved it.
I loved this book..it was so sad and very cruel how everyone in her treated especially her step-mom. I mean getting blamed for something thats completely not her fault? Im glad she has had a better future then her childhood.
I feel very moved coz the encouraging words of Ye Ye and Aunt Baba help Adeline understand she's unique and precious, and persist in the face of helplessness.
Adeline must actually be very proud of her upbringing experience and kept on writing about it.
I don't find any difference in content between this book and her other book "falling leaves"