It’s always exciting when I hear that another writer likes a book that I wrote. Young Adult author Medeia Sharif recently posted a wonderful review of my novel Dragon Chica on her blog. Wow! Who knew this was coming? Sometimes Heaven can be kind.
I don’t know Medeia personally, so I was naturally really psyched to find a positive review of my novel on her blog Sharif Writes!
Here’s the text:
“I read May-lee Chai’s Dragon Chica via netgalley.com, courtesy of the publisher. Nea is a Cambodian girl living in Texas in the 1980s. Her family struggles to make ends meet. The story follows her to Nebraska, where her mother moves the family so that they can work in her aunt and uncle’s Chinese restaurant, considered a cash cow.
“All is not well in Nebraska. Nea is initially frightened by her aunt, whose face bears extreme scars. She comes across shady Asian businessmen who take an interest in her uncle’s restaurant. She’s close to her older sister Sourdi, but she’ll soon marry and leave them. Nea’s memories jump back to life in Texas and to where it all began, communist Cambodia and its harsh regime. Both in Texas and Nebraska, Nea experiences racism when her looks are misunderstood and maligned.
“What I loved about Nea is her fighting spirit. If she has a problem, she gauges the weaknesses of her foe and goes in for the attack. With family secrets tumbling around her and brutal classmates picking at her, she takes nothing sitting down. Even though the book has a simple, easy-to-follow style and I found it in the teen section of Netgalley, this is a book that will appeal to people of all ages because of its historical and cultural aspects. I enjoyed Dragon Chica and will be on the lookout for Chai’s next novel.”
FYI Medeia Shariff ‘s young adult novel, Bestest.Ramadan. Ever, comes out in 2011. Medeia is a Kurdish American writer and teacher born in New York City. You can find out more information about her and her new book on her blog.