Mina is the perfect daughter. Bound for Harvard, president of the honor society, straight A student, all while she works at her family's dry cleaners and helps care for her hearing-impaired younger sister. On the outside, Mina does everything right. On the inside, Mina knows the truth. Her life is a lie. At the height of a heat wave, the summer before her senior year, Mina meets the one person to whom she cannot lie. Ysrale, a young migrant worker who dreams of becoming a musician, comes to work at the dry cleaners and asks Mina the one question that scares her most. What does she want? Mina finds herself torn between living her mother's dreams, caring for her younger sister, grasping the love that Ysrael offers, and the most difficult of all, living a life that is true. With sensitivity and grace, An Na weaves an intriguing story of a young woman caught in the threads of secrets and lies, struggling for love and finding a voice of her own.
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by An Na
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by Sandra Belton
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by Judy Blume
by Louisa Thomsen Brits
by Martha Grimes
by Paul Krueger
by Ann M. Martin
by Deborah Wiles
"An Na's poetic style is brought to life by the versatile Kim Mai Guest in this story of a Korean-American family in crisis. Guest's facility with accents lets the listener hear the heavy accents of the parents in contrast to the very American speech of the children. The story is told in the first-person voice of Mina, with alternating chapters in the voice of her deaf sister, Suna. Mina's web of lies, woven to maintain her mother's idealized image of the perfect daughter/student, is beginning to unravel. As senior year approaches, Mina must find a way to weave truth from the threads of her life. N.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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