A Girl Like You by Maureen Lindley

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Format read: Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction

Rating: 5 out of 10

Plot: Satomi Baker grows up in rural California in the years prior to World War II. Satomi’s mother is Japanese and her father is Caucasian, which puts her in an awkward position for her time, not belonging to either community. Her father senses trouble ahead and decides to enlist in order to save his family from any repercussions of the coming war. When the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, Satomi’s father is killed, but unlike other families of fallen soldiers, Satomi and her mother are treated as if they were responsible. When the round-ups begin, Satomi and her mother are taken to Manzanar, where Satomi is once again having to figure out where she belongs. After the war, Satomi is left to pick up the pieces of her life and move on in a country that still distrusts Asian Americans.

Opinion: I think that books on the issue of internment are more important than ever given the current climate.  I believe that we should never forget that our own country essentially sentenced whole ethnic groups to prison without trial; we must never forget the damage done to innocent peoples’ lives for no other reason than their ethnic origin.  However, I felt this book failed to live up to what was promised in the synopsis.  I thought the book was going to primarily be about Satomi’s time in Manzanar, but she was released about halfway through the book.  The second half of the book had subplots and twists that honestly distracted from the story and were predictable.  I found myself getting bored and just wanting the book to end.

Next book: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker


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