Chinglish

by Sue Cheung

Jo Kwan is a teenager growing up in 1980s Coventry with her annoying little sister, too-cool older brother, a series of very unlucky pets and utterly bonkers parents. But unlike the other kids at her new school or her posh cousins, Jo lives above her parents’ Chinese takeaway. And things can be tough whether it’s unruly customers or the snotty popular girls who bully Jo for being different.

Even when she does find a BFF who actually likes Jo for herself, she still has to contend with her erratic dad’s behaviour. All Jo dreams of is breaking free and forging a career as an artist. Told in diary entries and doodles, Jo’s brilliantly funny observations about life, family and char siu make for a searingly honest portrayal of life on the other side of the takeaway counter.

Chinglish

Sue Cheung

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I found this book is a pleasant surprise. Despite some details, I believe that this book was written for a good reason as an untold story is a boring story. I especially like the small but significant detail at the end, with many useful contacts to organisations that could help in situations similar to the book. However, I don’t think this book beats The Middler.

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