My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry | Book Review

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“Do you know where pirates park their cars?”

Elsa is a 7 years old girl who is smarter and more mature at her age, that makes her different. Because of the uniqueness, she does not have friends at school and actually the only friend she has is her grandmother. She is obsessed with superheros and Harry Potter, and explore a magic kingdom called Miamas along with her grandmother.

I ABSOLUTELY loved this book.

First thing first, I loved Granny. She is the most brilliant, positive and humorous person I have ever read in books (met in real life). She has her own rules for the world which can be understand as no rules at all. At first you met her as a lovely and funny character, with the story goes on you discover more about her together with Elsa. From the story you can tell she’s a strong woman, for example she used to be a great doctor, and she cares about others and solving problems in her way.

And Elsa is wonderful as well. The author was so detailed about how iPad generation is different from elder generation. She has her own way to understand the world, and when she’s not, she just Wikipedia it. I loved the connection Elsa had with other people, Granny, mum, dad and others. She tried her best to understand others, and get different qualities from her relatives. She is sensitive because of the divorce of her parents, but she also thoughtful because of that.

I liked the book saying :”It is possible to love your grandmother for years and years without really knowing anything about her.” The book not only told the hidden story behind Granny, but also did a great job about other people. Every character is completed with a fantastic personality.

And last but not least, I love the story telling of the author. I can’t imagine an author can drive my emotion around like Fredrik Backman. There is some un-enjoyable character from the beginning but you end up caring for, or even love. The writing and the translation is just beautiful.

It is not a fast reading book, but you still get to explore the little mysteries behind everybody. I highly highly recommend this book.

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Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult | Book Review

Copy of The Bad Beginning

Ruth Jefferson, a skillful nurse who has more than twenty years of experiences in labor and delivery. She is also a wonderful mom who is always the role model for her son. But her life changed after a baby died in her hospital. Because the baby’s parents are racism, they accused Ruth, the only African American nurse in the department, as the reason for their son’s death. ——This is how the story start.

It was a tough read/ listen (I listened the audio book). The more I listened to it, the more I thought: “Oh, maybe it’s a historical fiction.” So I went online, and found that the novel was in a present setting. Meaning the story should happen in 2016 (the publish date). After reading the author’s note at the end of the book, which I learnt that she interviewed several people including African American, post racism people and attorney, I finally believe the story could happen today, and this kind of stories are actually still happening, everyday.

And then, I was in astonishment. After that, I got shamed of myself for not knowing this kind of story could happen today. Although I was born and raised far away from the US, I do study and live in American for the past few years, and experienced the culture and changes America had these years.

Back to the book. We have three narrators. Ruth the Nurse, the father of the child, the public defender of Ruth.

Ruth tried her entire life to be a decent person, to let go the uncomfortable situation. She believed study good and work hard is the way to earn respect. But with her patient and her hospital treated her unequal just because of her race, her whole belief system crashed down.

Besides Ruth, we have the father guy, who I disliked and could never understand, who had his bias on races and had engaged himself to some kind of white movement. Also the public defender who believed in equality, and had never thought herself to be inappropriate. But they all learnt something along with the story. But throughout the story development, I saw self-examination.

And I also loved some side character for example Ruth’s sister was so vivid and thoughtful, in her own way of course. And Ruth’s childhood friend was there for her too. Both of them did some inappropriate things to help Ruth but I loved that the book explained how supportive actions look different from different perspective.

With all the things going around the world these days, I think this book is a must and meaningful read for all of us.

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The bad beginning by Lemony Snicket | Book review

The Bad Beginning (2)

Three Baudelaire children begun their day with a delightful mood, but life started to turn to a unimaginable direction. They are told their parents died in a fire by their neighbor Mr. Poe, and they need to live with their relatives according to their parents’ will. 

This is the only book I have ever read when author keep telling you that you have picked up the wrong book. The story is neither cheerful nor hopeful. While reading it, I found the author is right. Bad things keep happening to the three Baudelaire children when they have no power to control their lives and no money to live by themselves.

The story shows how different the children’s world VS the adults’ world. They see things with different value. When adults have bias on current situation and accept the bad things, it is the children who stand up and looking for a solution. Not to mention some adults are so sinful and willing to do anything to get their own benefits. (And the sinful adults have childhood too! Amazing. )

However, the three Baudelaire children are brave and intelligent, including the infant Sunny. They tired their best to communicate with the ones they thought might helped them. And they did not raise any false hope for others before they had a great solution. How thoughtful are they!

And I need to raise a question: when you were a child, have you got the feeling that no matter what you said or no matte what you did, the adults did not pay attention to your ideas! They were just like :”Oh, okay, interesting child idea!” —— This happened to me all they time when I was a child, and it is exactly what happened to the Baudelaire children. They were so related to me when they were chosen to not heard by adults.

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When I first read it, I don’t understand if Count Olaf planned to marry Violet to get the Baudelaire’s fortune from the beginning, why didn’t he hire a judge, kidnap Sunny and force Violet to marry him in the same day. And then I realized he had to trick the judge as well because no one would want to marry him and his so called daughter.

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I did not read this story when I was little, so I don’t know what I would think if I met the three Baudelaire children when I was a child. But I liked the story after all 😀