Rhiana C C itibaren Saidipur, Uttar Pradesh 250401, Hindistan
As a young girl, Adeline Yen Mah constantly fights for the love and affection of her family. Her biographical tale, Chinese Cinderella, deals with emotional family issues that relate to teen audiences reading this novel. The “Cinderella” portion comes from Adeline’s stepmother, who eventually changes her family to the point of everyone betraying Adeline. The abuse is very emotionally powerful in the text and the anecdotes that Adeline uses, mixed with Chinese references, made the story very charming. While it seemed at times that Adeline never attempts to defend herself, the flow was well enough to keep readers interested. Chinese Cinderella, deals with issues that the reader can connect to: loneliness, abandonment, despair, and the taking away of happiness. While I did not find this novel to tug on my heart strings on a personal level, it is recommended for all who want to read a non-fiction piece.