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The Last Story of Mina Lee

By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Heartbreaking mother-daughter tale has lots of violence.

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Nancy Jooyun Kim's heartbreaking tale explores mother-daughter relationships, grief, and the realities of being an immigrant in America. Readers will be captivated by the flashback chapters about Mina, as they learn about her struggles adjusting to life in America, her tragic love story, and the pain and loneliness she's endured throughout the years. Although the writing is often poetic and vividly describes Korean culture, many of the passages are repetitive, making the book move slowly before ending abruptly. However, as Margot digs into her mom's past to solve The Last Story of Mina Lee, readers will see the importance of family, forgiveness, communication, and perseverance.

Book Details

  • Author: Nancy Jooyoun Kim
  • Genre: Contemporary Fiction
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Park Row
  • Publication date: September 1, 2020
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 16 - 18
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: February 22, 2021

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