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Shanghai Girls
Shanghai Girls
Author: Lisa See
In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a city of great wealth and glamour, the home of millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers, patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords. Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father's prosperous rickshaw business, twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her yo...  more
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ISBN-13: 9780812980530
ISBN-10: 0812980530
Publication Date: 2/9/2010
Pages: 336
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 366 ratings
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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4 member(s) found this review helpful.
It was not nearly as good to me as Peony In Love or Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. I was interested in the story, but it seemed rushed at the beginning, and then rushed at the end as well.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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I thought this was a very good book, though perhaps not as much as Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. It moves quickly, though, the characters are well drawn, and the plot is interwoven well with swift twists and turns. I'd recommend it, since it also gives a window into Chinese culture and perspective of the 1930's into the fifties.
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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First of Sees books I have read. Interesting Story, kept me involved but I hated the way it ended. Makes me wonder if there is a book 2 continuation due to come out in the future. My rating would be between "do not like" and "like". We need a "fair" rating.

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  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Pearl and May are beautiful girls in Shanghai who are forced into arranged marriages when their father gambles all the family's money away. They travel to California, where they must start new lives with their husbands and new family. The women find out pretty quickly that life in America isn't easy and as they struggle, their relationship is put to the test.

I love Lisa See's work. I could not put this book down. I got lost in the story and the characters. The best books are the ones that take you into a different world. I had really strong feelings about May during the story and towards the end, when May talks about events from her point of view, it really made me think about perspective. I also loved the historical fiction aspect of the book. I will definitely be picking up the sequel.

Read this if you like: historical fiction or authors similar to Amy Tan

If you liked this book: I recommend Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Prewar to post war China as lived by two beautiful girls.
  • Currently 1/5 Stars.
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I loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, but I just couldn't get into this book. It moved slowly and didn't capture me like Snow Flower did. I stopped reading halfway through. Very disappointing.

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Pearl Chin (Primary Character)
May (Major Character)

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