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The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong Hardcover – July 23, 2013
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Although it is a teen book adult characters are an integral part of the story and are portrayed very realistically and believably, rather than appearing as mere caricatures. The teenagers are also portrayed realistically. There are no good guys or bad guys, just people finding their way among all the difficult choices to be made in daily life.
Humor is used as a necessary ingredient for getting through all the messes we find ourselves in from time to time. I found myself laughing often and stopping to re-read sentences and even whole sections that serve as a reminder of this. But I also found myself moved to tears because I felt what the characters were feeling and could understand the hope and sorrow that is also a part of life and the complicated relationships between parents and children.
It will be a holiday gift for all of the "young adults" on my gift list this year.
A high school student with a Chinese father and an American mother is asked to write a history paper describing his family. He’s so ignorant of his genealogy that he promptly makes one up. And I feel another tiresome YA theme coming on—that is, until I read a few pages and find what a brilliant twist this debut author has given multiculturalism, a theme that so many others have turned into a cliché.
Vee’s hopes and fears feel real from the start. L. Tam Holland’s humor and unwillingness to pull punches on what has become a landscape of politically correct stories on cultural assimilation is what really makes Wong a hilarious and heartfelt coming of age tale for the 21st century.
Just read Vee’s attempt to explain his failure as a basketball manager to his parents over dinner:
“We sat in a sticky booth and ordered prawns in sweet-and-sour slime, kung pao chicken and oily chow mein. Mom and Dad asked about the basketball game, and I tried to remember the parts that didn’t include me or Adele or Riley. I was amazed they couldn’t see right through me. They didn’t sense that things were terribly wrong. At least I knew that their lives were a complicated, secretive mess. They didn’t know anything about me, and they were stupid enough to believe me whenever I told them that things were just fine.”
What a welcome relief from all those stories where the stereotypical Asian family magically assimilates and sends their child to an Ivy League school. I nearly fell out of my chair when I found out that the voice of a boy who had gotten in my head for over three-hundred-pages was created by a female author. L. Tam Holland is a writer to watch. And to read…
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I avoided reading this book because I know the author personally. When I first began reading, I couldn't get her out of my mind and it was hugely distracting. Read morePublished on April 18, 2014 by Kathryn Dunnington
Having raised Asian-American children, I found the description of this book intriguing. Must say that once I got my hands on it, I could not put it down. Read morePublished on September 25, 2013 by MPB
This is a fun read! The author address some very serious topics covered in a current and relatable way. I enjoyed it a lot and was sad to have it end.Published on August 22, 2013 by Dave