Seeing Emily

Seeing Emily The stunning new talent Joyce Lee Wong delivers a poignant lyrical novel about the experiences of a Chinese American teenage girl by a stunning new talent In the successful style of David Levithan

  • Title: Seeing Emily
  • Author: Joyce Lee Wong
  • ISBN: 9780810992580
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Paperback
  • The stunning new talent, Joyce Lee Wong, delivers a poignant, lyrical novel about the experiences of a Chinese American teenage girl by a stunning new talent.In the successful style of David Levithan s The Realm of Possibility and Sonya Sones What My Mother Doesn t Know, this free verse novel introduces readers to sixteen year old Emily, one of three Asian students at herThe stunning new talent, Joyce Lee Wong, delivers a poignant, lyrical novel about the experiences of a Chinese American teenage girl by a stunning new talent.In the successful style of David Levithan s The Realm of Possibility and Sonya Sones What My Mother Doesn t Know, this free verse novel introduces readers to sixteen year old Emily, one of three Asian students at her high school in Richmond, Virginia, and the only child of protective, ambitious parents She loves her parents and has always strived to please them, but her interest in a sexy new student, her growing passion for art, and her need to break away without breaking her tightly knit family apart, force Emily to create a web of lies that ultimately traps her just as tightly as her circumstances Through her art she finds a key to freedom and a new understanding of her place in the world Joyce Lee Wong s dazzling debut addresses the complexities of the contemporary Asian American experience, the pressures of American high school, and the age old clash between teens and parents This touching novel takes readers on a journey in which parents, peers and readers ultimately find new ways of seeing Emily.

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    1. Sixteen year old Emily has always done what is expected of her. She works hard, stays out of trouble, and gets along well with her parents. After meeting a new guy at school, Emily decides that like her drawings and paintings, she would like to be a blank canvas, ready to be designed differently. However, when Nick tries to get her to become someone she isn’t, Emily becomes confused as to who she really is. A trip to her parents’ homeland of Taiwan, Emily finds out who she really is. The bea [...]

    2. This YA novel centers around Emily Wu, a Chinese American girl, who throughout the story tries to determine when she should be American and when she should be Chinese. Wong clearly portrays the duality of Emily's cultural background and the conflict and misunderstandings it creates in her life. Especially vivid were the scenes with boyfriend Nick and Nick's parents, who apparently either didn't know or didn't care that they were being offensive to Emily with their ignorant remarks. They saw her [...]

    3. Katie YoungMulticulturalEmily is a regular high school student in every way except she is Chinese. Although she was born in America, has attended school in America since Kindergarten, and speaks the English language better than her Chinese, she is different. She came to realize exactly who she is through experiences with her friends, parents, and boyfriend. Emily saw who she really was after a visit with family in Taiwan.This book was written in free verse which works well because Emily is a gif [...]

    4. I expected more. I've developed an interest in poetry recently and I kind of felt like this book was turning me off it again. It's not a really well developed story. I thought there were parts that were good but overall it was just kind of meandering until the last section. The parts with Nick and her girlfriends were all so blah. I skimmed to the ending. Normally I go ga-ga over second generation immigrants' stories but not this one

    5. Seeing Emily explores a young girl's search for identity. Emily, a high school student, grapples with what it means to be Chinese American. Told in verse, Wong paints a beautiful portrait of a young girl seeking her roots and family at the same time she is forging a modern American identity.

    6. Seeing Emily takes readers through the struggles of a sixteen year old Chinese American girl to be herself and living up to expectations of immigrant parents and growing up in America.

    7. Seeing Emily is an easy read, heartfelt and beautifully written. I’ve never read a book with this verse format; there’s nothing quite like it that i’ve seen before. Brilliant for a lazy afternoon

    8. The most unsatisfactory element of the book is Emily's relationship with Nick. I don't know if part of the problem was the fact that the novel was in free-verse and so I felt as though there was less dialogue but I wasn't buying their relationship. A transfer student, a year older than Emily, sees her suddenly in the hallway and decides to be extra friendly? Emily describes herself as plain (I no longer have the book so no exact quotes) and I think their relationship would have been more plausib [...]

    9. Emily is a Chinese-American teenager who is an artist, a good student, and a hard worker in her parents' Chinese restaurant. Though her immigrant parents don't approve of her dating, wearing lipstick, or defying their rules, when Emily meets Nick, she begins trying on different identities and getting a feel for life as Nick's girlfriend. She likes how it feels when he kisses her, until she realizes Nick only sees her ethnicity, not who she truly is. The book jacket makes it sound like this is a [...]

    10. *Book provided by NevercountedoutMost teens struggle to find a place in their family, with their friends, and in the world in general. Emily Wu is in the midst of this struggle.When she is not at school, Emily is busy helping out at the family's Chinese restaurant. Her parents are strict about how she dresses and where she goes. She longs to have the freedom that many of her fellow teens take for granted.Just as Emily meets Nick, a seriously cute new student at her school, she is told that she w [...]

    11. I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected. At the beginning I felt that the line breaks were awkward and it was just sentences that were split up to look like a poem. It wasn't until Emily started working on her mural that I felt the beauty of it start to take shape and unfold. It's a simplistic story about a Taiwanese-American girl who deals with conflicts with her friends, parents, the two cultures, and also with her first boyfriend. The simplicity about it wasn't bad though because I felt mys [...]

    12. Emily is a teenager whose parents own a Chinese restaurant and loves to paint. Her mom always used to paint with her but now is always very busy. I think that we can all relate to that some way or another. Whether it is our parents own a restaurant and never have time for us or if they are always working. I feel that I can relate to this book because my dad works during the days and always travels. When my dad is home, he is always doing something else or is tired. My mom on the other hand works [...]

    13. This is one of the most beutifully written books that I've read in a long, long time. We are told the story of a young , first generation Cinese American girl learning to embrace two cultures. I hope this novel has reached more then the YA audience for which it was written. This book is truly a work of art. It's a novel that begs you to embrace the words with which it was written, and appreciate the fact that the beauty of language is not out of style. Do read this novel! Sit back and read a wel [...]

    14. At first I wasn't sure about the free verse but I came to appreciate the way it provided an interesting opportunity for rich description. I enjoyed reading about Emily's day to day experiences navigating family life and the high school social scene. I was particularly moved by the author's discussion of Emily's artistic work as well as the exploration of the challenges Emily faced as a Chinese American.

    15. There are several great lessons students can get from this book. There is a great moment towards the end when Emily realizes she is really lucky to be able to take the best of both cultures. I also appreciated how in the end she does not end up with a boyfried and does not seem to care. I thought she was going to end up dating Alex but am glad they remained close friends.

    16. This was a beautiful peice. While it is written in poetry it is wonderful in immage and plot. I do think at points it was sterotypical and cleche it was a cute read. The charecter was wonderfully developed but i wanted to konw more about her family and thier thoughts since they played such a part in the book.

    17. I thought the story was really good and I really enjoy reading this book and I also thought it was a very quick read I would recommend this book if u like quick reads. :)

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