kym1701, October 19, 2013 (view all comments by kym1701)
I have never put much thought into my home life, it was just a place I could freely unwind without any harsh attitude from my mother. I've been taking how my family loves me for granted, not really appreciating the nice environment my home provides for me. Never having to go through what Adeline Yen Mah has in Chinese Cinderella, I can't relate to how she must feel towards her family, but I do know what it feels like to work hard towards something to make you noticeable.
Chinese Cinderella makes me wince, cringe, almost tear-up, and want to shout out in frustration. Both the physical and emotional abuse Adeline witnesses and endures throughout the story makes my heart reach out towards her. Her violent step-mother, neglectful father, and cruel siblings all put Adeline through a world of suffering. Throughout this story of hardships there are pockets of happiness, like meeting the Aunt she never knew she had. There is one part where Adeline achieves something great; but what should be a joyous day ends in a bleeding nose as Adeline describes what happens next, "she slapped my across my face so hard I almost fell,'" (114). If I had to endure something like that then I would have crumpled to the floor immediately. Even when Adeline has happiness in her grasps, something snatches it away before she can get ahold of it.
In this day and age hitting your child like that is frowned down upon, though not unheard of. Yet it seems like Adeline experiences this types of thing constantly. It really is an eye opener to how different things can be, and how not all families are perfect.
The memoir was very well written, and though the content made me cringe at times, I would definitely recommend reading this book if you are one who enjoys reading about the hardships of others.
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