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Xing Xu is one of only two Chinese pupils in an otherwise white school. The other one, Naomi Lee, has a nicely camouflaged name, is pretty and has an excellent grasp of English. By contrast, Xing is male, gauche and withdrawn. His father is dead and he barely sees his mother. Already an outsider, he alienates himself further with his attitude.
The result is that most people Xing meets are not very nice to him. He is bullied, tormented and finds himself slowly eclipsed by Naomi as she, a more recent immigrant, successfully integrates herself in the school's social network. Meanwhile, misery loves company and Jan, a strange new girl finds herself seeking solace with Xing as she, too, receives the school's cold shoulder.
Xing presents a wry narration, exposing both the shallowness of others' lives and also gives an insight into his own deeper thoughts. We find an intelligent, witty, likeable man battling heroically, stoically against the odds. Xing refuses to compromise his integrity just to fit in with others whose company he has never actually desired. He is not envious, just disdainful.
Then two things start to happen. Pupils from the school start to disappear, some of them later found to have been murdered. Meanwhile, Xing finds himself taken under the wing of the slightly forbidding music teacher and groomed for the lead role in the school's musical. This appears to offer Xing the opportunity at last for acceptance; a talent that he can display. A talent that can make his mother proud; which might even win the heart of Naomi Lee. Most of all, a talent that he inherited from his late father whose time on earth seems otherwise to have been without achievement.Read more ›
The plot is quite a common one in this genre, a series of disappearances and murders are happening in a small town, and the victims are all high school students, but what makes the book so unsual is Xing. Xing the chinese boy, always the outsider, who notices more than others: Who is the person in the red jacket ?? Where are the bodies of the boys? Who will be next? Who is Jan, Jan who lives out in the woods ?
Great stories are great because of the story itself and because of the characters. Xing is a great character and the story is a great story that goes beyond the mistery plot, painting a paintful and accurate portrait of loneliness, stereotyping, racial profiling, humiliation, resignation, acceptance, terror, love, friendship and anger.
The plot twists are astounding and soon you start to wonder who is being decived and who is doing the deceiving, and the ending will haunt you long ago after you finish the book, making you gasping and rethinking the entire story.
However, just as the plot was reaching it's climax it morphed into something completely different and seemed to lose it's way.
The plot resolution just, well, lost the plot!
It was silly and seemed half hearted and as if he couldn't think of anything better.
It's a pity because I thought the actual writing was very good. I do hope he writes more and puts a bit more thought into the story as a cohesive entity.
Then we should have something substantial from this very promising writer.
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Excellent product exactly as described and received in good time, well packagedPublished 9 months ago by Mr. G. E. Jones
This was one of the most moving books I have read for many months. Xing, the main character is portrayed with thought and care and is utterly believable. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Anna Shaw
Having emigrated to the United States from China as a young boy, narrator Xing has always been an outsider. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Fooster69
At first it seemed slow. Then I felt pulled in, and felt for the character. Don't want to spoil it but I was guessing to the end. Great read !Published 11 months ago by Thomas McCallion
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