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This review is from: Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter (Mass Market Paperback)
Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah
This book is a true account of Adeline Yen Mah’s childhood. When Adeline’s mother dies giving birth to her, the family consider Adeline bad luck. The only people that did not think that she was inferior were her Aunt Baba and her grandfather who helped her overcome her awful childhood.
The book starts off when Adeline is four and how her three older brothers and one older sister, tormented her. These matters were not helped when Adeline came top of her class for a whole term in a row. Adeline’s father re-marries and her stepmother abuses her. Adeline’s stepmother has two children and it is clear that she favours them over the rest of the children.
When Adeline grows up, she becomes extremely clever and very popular. Adeline, against her parents’ orders, goes to her best friends birthday party. As a result of this, she is sent to boarding school. While she is at boarding school her grandfather dies, a tragic moment in her life. Then the turning point for Adeline is when she enters a writing competition and wins first prize. Her father is impressed and grants Adeline’s wish, to go and study at university in England.
I relished reading this book because it was moving, and full of drama and suspense. The author tells the story in the first person. My favourite scene was when Adeline won the writing competition because the chances were not in her favour. My favourite character was Aunt Baba because she was persistent in helping Adeline whatever the circumstances.