Kimberly Chang has just moved with her mother from Hong Kong to the United States. In addition to adjusting to a new school where she can barely speak the language, she has to work in a Chinatown clothes factory with her mother just to survive. However, Kimberly has a knack for school and the drive and need to succeed. However, everything comes into question when she meets a boy. As time goes on, factors converge, and Kimberly must make a choice.
This was a compelling novel about the effects our decisions have. Kwon is unflinching in the way she plays out the action and depicts the reality of Kimberly’s situation. The romance is set-up very well and realistically, and the way it plays out is satisfactory. I also liked Kimberly’s character; it was nice to see a smart young woman who stuck to her goals throughout the story. It was nice to see a strong female character that did not necessarily have fighting skills. While I rather like that character motif, it was nice to see a change. Overall, this book was great, and I definitely recommend it.