- File Size: 382 KB
- Print Length: 90 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Zen Cho; 1 edition (May 30, 2012)
- Publication Date: May 30, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0087NQRM2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,574 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story is told through the medium of a series of journal entries & one letter to a friend, which had a confidential tone I liked. I also liked that characterizations are very nuanced portrayals. There are no real villains, just people with flaws & weaknesses & vulnerability, even the worst of them likable at times.
Something else I appreciated was the story's nuanced portrayal of the racism which is simply organic in the heroine's life. I thought it was an excellent representation of the unconscious & very normalized face of racism. We see it internalized; we see people making racist assumptions who are otherwise fairly decent people. Even the heroine, a marginalized person herself, says something thoughtlessly offensive about the religion of a very good friend.
I'm probably making this sound like more of a *thing* than it was by focusing on it so much. This is not at all heavy handed or the focus of the book. It's subtle, yet ubiquitous, like background level radiation, but that's what struck me about it. Jade or Geok Huay (her real name) notices it, remarks on it with wry humor, but its also just part of the fabric of her life, & the way the story almost silently shows us that pervasiveness sort of makes a point without making a point of doing so, if that makes sense.
Beyond all of that, this was a lovely story of a young woman determined to "be true to oneself, and taste as much as one can of the varied buffet of life". How she indulges in a scandalous affair, gets a bit more than she bargained for, finds friends in surprising places along the way, and surprises herself most of all by falling in love. And that love story itself I found very endearing, funny & sweet.
All in all there's a lot packed into this rather small package. I've read one other thing by this author & really enjoyed her work, so I definitely plan to read more.
After our heroine faces great peril (or at least oppressive boredom), female friendship saves the day, and all ends as it should.
I do want to read books with diverse cast, written by diverse authors; but I want to see how their differences affect the story. I didn’t hate the book, mind it, because as I said it was fun to be in Jade’s head and I was truly glad for her to have her HEA. I just wish the plot were a bit more developed
The book also oozes a sense of light-hearted fun, reminiscent of Jeeves and Wooster and the tone of the TV show Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. And despite this light-hearted tone, or perhaps because of it, there are some serious undertones in the book, looking at early feminism and finding your place as a child of two cultures.
I loved The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo. It’s a perfect read for a lazy afternoon or when you need something to cheer you up.