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An interesting way of storytelling indeed!
Reviewed in Canada on October 3, 2021
As a writer, reading a book that blends genres is a completely new idea to me. It was fascinating to see Lai tell a story through verse, albeit free verse. It is clear, simple, for beginner readers to understand (and especially great if you aren't used to poetry). I love that the titles hold their own subject very distinctly and the setting (time/place) is there at the end of every poem. It's a quick read and very entertaining one that informs the reader a little bit about what immigrating to another country to escape the horrors of war is like. She told the story very easily, with enough flow to keep me interested, and had each line, stanza, and word sound delicately and smoothly off my tongue. She focused on the little things, which is something that I, particularly, highly enjoy - things that most authors or poets would leave out but that matter just as much regardless. Even the way Lai handled dialogue vs summary in these poems seemed flawless. I felt that no information was lacking in each poem and every line of dialogue was crucial for a character to say. Well done!