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Publisher Comments:

Mina is the perfect daughter. Bound for Harvard, president of the honor society, straight A student, all while she works at her familys dry cleaners and helps care for her hearing-impaired younger sister. On the outside, Mina does everything right. On the inside, Mina knows the truth. Her life is a lie.

At the height of a heat wave, the summer before her senior year, Mina meets the one person to whom she cannot lie. Ysrale, a young migrant worker who dreams of becoming a musician, comes to work at the dry cleaners and asks Mina the one question that scares her most. What does she want?

Mina finds herself torn between living her mothers dreams, caring for her younger sister, grasping the love that Ysrael offers, and the most difficult of all, living a life that is true.

With sensitivity and grace, An Na weaves an intriguing story of a young woman caught in the threads of secrets and lies, struggling for love and finding a voice of her own.

Review:

"Guest gives a sensitive, nuanced performance as Mina, the Korean-American teenager who resorts to lying and doctoring her report cards to live up to the expectations of her mother, whose dream is for Mina to attend Harvard. This spot-on reading conveys Mina's conflicting emotions: fear of being caught in her deception, guilt at knowing that her mother worked hard and sacrificed to give her opportunities, resentment at all the pressure her mother puts on her, and most of all, a deep-seated longing to break free and live her own life. Additionally, Guest is wonderful in the role of the mother, with her heavy Korean accent and bossy nature, and also Suna, Mina's childlike, hearing-impaired younger sister. Children of immigrants will find a kindred spirit in Mina, while most young listeners will relate to the eternal teenage conflict: trying to please parents while finding one's own identity. Ages 12-up. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

As her senior year in high school approaches, Mina yearns to find her own path in life but working at the family business, taking care of her little sister, and dealing with her mother's impossible expectations are as stifling as the southern California heat, until she falls in love with a man who offers a way out.

About the Author

An Na was born in Korea and grew up in San Diego, California. She graduated from Amherst College and received her MFA from Norwich University. A former middle school teacher, she now divides her time writing in Oakland, California, and Warren, Vermont.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780739335376
Publisher:
Listening Library (Audio)
Subject:
Love & Romance
Read:
Guest, Kim Mai
Author:
Na, An
Author:
Guest, Kim Mai
Subject:
Children s All Ages - Fiction - Romance
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Edition Description:
Four CD
Publication Date:
20060613
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
7-9
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5 x 5.75 x .97 in .4375 lb
Media Run Time:
261
Age Level:
Children's All Ages - Fiction - Romance

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Product details pages Listening Library - English 9780739335376 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Guest gives a sensitive, nuanced performance as Mina, the Korean-American teenager who resorts to lying and doctoring her report cards to live up to the expectations of her mother, whose dream is for Mina to attend Harvard. This spot-on reading conveys Mina's conflicting emotions: fear of being caught in her deception, guilt at knowing that her mother worked hard and sacrificed to give her opportunities, resentment at all the pressure her mother puts on her, and most of all, a deep-seated longing to break free and live her own life. Additionally, Guest is wonderful in the role of the mother, with her heavy Korean accent and bossy nature, and also Suna, Mina's childlike, hearing-impaired younger sister. Children of immigrants will find a kindred spirit in Mina, while most young listeners will relate to the eternal teenage conflict: trying to please parents while finding one's own identity. Ages 12-up. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , As her senior year in high school approaches, Mina yearns to find her own path in life but working at the family business, taking care of her little sister, and dealing with her mother's impossible expectations are as stifling as the southern California heat, until she falls in love with a man who offers a way out.
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