"How terrible the word 'refugee' sounds.
Through tear-filled eyes, Sookan stares down at her torn shoes and dirty clothes, and fingers her hair, which has not been washed since she and her mother and younger brother fled the bombing in Seoul three days before.
The unforgettable heroine of YEAR OF IMPOSSIBLE GOODBYES is now fifteen years old and newly arrived in Pusan, a city in a southern province of Korea.
The Korean War is raging and Sookan has again been separated from her father and older brothers. Often she feels sad, alone and scared.
Then she meets an intriguing boy named Junho, who is quiet, thoughtful and handsome, and the two develop a special but forbidden relationship.
Times are changing, but are they changing fast enough to allow their friendship to grow?
Here is Sookan's story..."