Content Warnings: Racism, racial violence, murder, rape, sexual violence, and suicidal ideations and attempt.
This was such a meaningful and important read for me. Although I’m half Japanese I was raised in a white family and due to my non-Asian half, I present as racially ambiguous and brown, not Asian. Growing up brown in America I’ve dealt with my fair share of racism but rarely due to my Japanese roots.
Growing up, in America, you don’t realize just how much of our history is left out of our schooling, or twisted to fit an untrue narrative. I was in my first semester of college, back in 2005, before I was ever taught about the Japanese internment camps or the Chinese Exclusion Act that prevented Asians from immigrating to America. This book educated me even more on things I didn’t know and has me wanting to dive further into the history of Asian Americans.
Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance.
5 Stars: Completely blew me away
4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it
3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly
2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing
1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.
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