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The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong

By Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Angsty tale of Chinese American teen questioning his roots.

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The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong accurately captures the angst, anger, and confusion of adolescence, and Vee has an authentic voice that many teens will relate to. However, his constant complaining about his lack of knowledge of his multicultural family background starts to sound whiny and overly tortured, especially through the first half of the book, when not a lot happens. His criticisms of his fellow students and teachers also begins to grate, even though he cushions many of his negative observations in self-deprecating humor. Once Vee decides to take action to solve his problems, the pace picks up and the resolution is ultimately satisfying.

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