Sundara fled Cambodia with her aunt's family to escape the Khmer Rouge army when she was thirteen, leaving behind her parents, her brother and sister, and the boy she had loved since she was a child.
Now, four years later, she struggles to fit in at her Oregon high school and to be "a good Cambodian girl" at home. A good Cambodian girl never dates; she waits for her family to arrange her marriage to a Cambodian boy. Yet Sundara and Jonathan, an extraordinary American boy, are powerfully drawn to each other. Haunted by grief for her lost family and for the life left behind, Sundara longs to be with him. At the same time she wonders, Are her hopes for happiness and new life in America disloyal to her past and her people?
A Cambodian girl who fled her country struggles to fit in to an American lifestyle. In PW 's words, ``The resolution comes smoothly and plausibly, offering a moving look at the way in which a survivor of great tragedy. . .faces young adulthood.'' Ages 12-up.
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I had to read this book for school and at first I thought ugh. I started to read it and it was boring, but a couple chapters into it when she first meets the character jonathan, it was actually pretty good.
Such a good book
This book has really caught my eye. At first when i looked at the cover i didn’t think that it would be a good book. But once you start to read it really gets your attention. The way that Lindda Crew wrote it’s just so interesting and I really like it. Especially at the end of the book it has just left me hanging. I really want to now more about what happens with sunadra and jonathan. Overall this book was well written.
Children of the river
What a wonderful book about perseverance and strength. Was my favorite book as a preteen. Just revisited it today and it's just as great of not better when I first read it at 13