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Searching for Sylvie Lee
Searching for Sylvie Lee: A Novel | Jean Kwok
A poignant and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties binding three womentwo sisters and their motherin one Chinese immigrant family and explores what happens when the eldest daughter disappears, and a series of family secrets emerge, from the New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Translation It begins with a mystery. Sylvie, the beautiful, brilliant, successful older daughter of the Lee family, flies to the Netherlands for one final visit with her dying grandmotherand then vanishes. Amy, the sheltered baby of the Lee family, is too young to remember a time when her parents were newly immigrated and too poor to keep Sylvie. Seven years older, Sylvie was raised by a distant relative in a faraway, foreign place, and didnt rejoin her family in America until age nine. Timid and shy, Amy has always looked up to her sister, the fierce and fearless protector who showered her with unconditional love. But what happened to Sylvie? Amy and her parents are distraught and desperate for answers. Sylvie has always looked out for them. Now, its Amys turn to help. Terrified yet determined, Amy retraces her sisters movements, flying to the last place Sylvie was seen. But instead of simple answers, she discovers something much more valuable: the truth. Sylvie, the golden girl, kept painful secrets . . . secrets that will reveal more about Amys complicated familyand herselfthan she ever could have imagined. A deeply moving story of family, secrets, identity, and longing, Searching for Sylvie Lee is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive portrait of an immigrant family. It is a profound exploration of the many ways culture and language can divide us and the impossibility of ever truly knowing someoneespecially those we love.
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Manoshgirl51
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A heartbreaking read I will never forget. I loved how Jean Kwok tells the story of one family through multiple characters and how certain clues in one perspective lead to another answer in a chapter. It also leaves you guessing up until the final chapters. Several instances occurred where I thought I had it figured out but it turns out to be wrong. I can't wait to read this again in the future.

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auntie_jenn
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three things i loved about this book: 1. the setting (anyone else want to go to Holland with me?), 2. the family dynamics, and 3. the mystery. good selection @readwithjenna ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheNerdyProfessor This is on my list and reviews have been mixed. I'm glad you liked it! 1w
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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I enjoyed this book a lot more than I had expected to. I read it because it was chosen as the #ReadWithJenna bookclub pick last month. I was drawn to it due to the mother-daughter relationships. What really hooked me though was the mystery aspect that the title alludes to. I was still unraveling the plot up until the end, actually gasping out loud once I finally put two and two together.

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suvata
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Sylvie Lee belongs to 3 countries; the United States, China, and the Netherlands. She suddenly disappears when she is on a trip to visit her family in the Netherlands. This book has twists and turns I never saw coming. The only thing that annoyed me about it was that anytime someone got close to another person the author would describe how they smelled. It happened so many times it actually stood out like a sore thumb. What‘s up with that?

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MicheleinPhilly
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The mystery isn‘t the star here. It is the complicated and messy family dynamics and experiences of immigrants in both the U.S. and Europe. Loved it. 4🌟

Blaire #stacked I also really want to read 2w
auntie_jenn i‘m going in next! 2w
Reviewsbylola I just didn‘t love this one. I couldn‘t connect with her writing. 1w
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cjk
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Last night was unseasonably cool and comfortable so hubby and I were able to take advantage of the porch outside our bedroom. I stayed up waaaay too late to finish and I‘m still processing all the feels this book gave me.

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Lauren.Archer
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I know I am probably last on the train to read this book, I purchased the day it came out and I finally just got to this. This book feels like it has been on everybody's must read list summer and it totally is worth the hype. Searching for Sylvie Lee is in the same vain as Celeste Ng's Everything I Never Told You. It is a quiet literary mystery, that packs a major punch.

http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/08/01/searching-for-sylvie-lee/

MallenNC It‘s still on my TBR too! I bought it early but library books keep getting in the way. 3w
Crazeedi Following you on wordpress 3w
Redwritinghood You‘re not the last one! I‘m still waiting on the audiobook from my library. 3w
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Lauren.Archer @Crazeedi thanks, I just followed you too. 3w
Crazeedi @Lauren.Archer Awwww, thanks, I need to start up my blog again. Maybe in September after all the summer stuff done! 3w
auntie_jenn you‘re not last...still in my pile! 3w
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Preciouz29
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This was a bit slow, but I enjoyed the overall story and really enjoyed the all the cultural info.

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Lauren.Archer
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Next up!

suvata On my TBR 4w
essayareayaitch Please update. I've been seeing this book everywhere 4w
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conny
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There was a Chinese saying I learned while studying the language that resonated to me while reading this: 水火无情. “Fire and water knows no mercy.”

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Gissy
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A family drama mystery. Sylvie went to Netherlands because her beloved grandmother is dying, never returned. Her sister Amy will find out what happened to her & will discover many family secrets connected to this disappearance.Action in this novel is so slow but I liked how author described places. I felt like I was there. I also enjoyed how author described how transcultural traditions impacted the formation of Amy, Sylvie & their family. 3.7⭐️

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booksaremyfavorite
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The search for a young lady named Sylvia Lee commences when her sister Amy hasn‘t heard from her. Amy flies to the Netherlands where Sylvia was as their grandma isn‘t doing well.

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mrozzz
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How does one resist a half-off hardcover, or it‘s cover twin (I love when this happens!!) when one ALSO has a coupon in hand?? B&N is always a good Sunday treat 😊 #bookhaul

mdm139 Nice photo 2mo
mrozzz Thank you! That‘s one of my favorite beaches @mdm139 2mo
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ElishaLovesBooks
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I enjoyed this part family drama/part mystery. I really liked all the interesting cultural information about the Netherlands and China. Interwoven throughout the story is what it is to be an immigrant and how that can shape future generations. Great story that also made me think!

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ElishaLovesBooks
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#currentlyreading on vacation at my parents house. Very strong start!

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jamicuns
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3.5 stars. Sylvie‘s character was my favorite out of all the characters and I ended up aching for her and the predicaments she found herself in. I enjoyed the parts of the book Sylvie was in. The other characters I struggled to connect with though. The revelation of the family‘s secrets, near the end, seemed out of place too. I spent more time liking the book than not so I gave it 3.5 stars.

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Suelizbeth
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I was prepared to give this book a 3.5 to 4 stars until I got to part five. Even the arrival of Amy in the Netherlands was not enough to elevate this book, but then, in part five, the curtains open completely, and everything makes sense. With a great whoosh, the story soared and I fell in love, backwards. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BarbaraBB Great review! 2mo
Cathythoughts This sounds good ! Stacked 2mo
Suelizbeth @BarbaraBB Thanks 😻 2mo
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Suelizbeth
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While reading Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok, I came across this wonderful description. I looked it up in the dictionary and not only found the definition, but an illuminating diagram. Love as a mathematical expression. ❤️

Lcsmcat I saw the diagram (on my phone, so it was small) and thought you were reading a manual on conducting. - It‘s a perfect 4 pattern! 🤣 (edited) 2mo
Suelizbeth @Lcsmcat oh my gosh! You‘re right! Love, math, and music. So closely interrelated. 😻 2mo
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Jenken1998
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A young woman flies to the Netherlands in order to search for older sister who went missing after attending to their dying Grandmother. A multigenerational tale told from alternating viewpoints, unwinds a complex family history full of secrets. I enjoyed this very much but figured out the plot twists pretty fast. The last few chapters were rushed for the sake of tying things up, but still enjoyable. 3.5 stars

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Hazel0303
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Unfortunately, I‘m bailing 97 pages in. It‘s just not that interesting. I feel bad, but on to better things! 🤷🏻‍♀️😉

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BookNAround
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I‘m starting to worry that Sylvie‘s fear of water means this one will be like Everything I Never Told You (which I loved but I don‘t know if my heart can take another one).

On a cheerier note, my son was offered the job he was really hoping for today and I convinced his lovely girlfriend to make her first Litsy post. Welcome @ScarletG13 !

Jas16 Welcome to Litsy @ScarletG13 2mo
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MelissaSue81
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This started out good but it lost my interest pretty quickly. And then the ending just got weird!

booksaremyfavorite Bummer! I just got my copy from the library. I‘ll give it a try. 2mo
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silentrequiem
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#mylitbox knocks it out of the park again! I also got the YA box but it was a duplicate of a BOTM pick. Whoops. So there may be another giveaway in the near future.

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Hazel0303
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I forgot to post this the other day! Halfway through my first book (Mrs. Everything), both Searching for Sylvia Lee and Some Choose Darkness have arrived at the library - which one will be available first?? 🧐

#junetbr

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laurenslibrary
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New blog post is up! Some new releases I'm looking forward to this summer (even though I'm on my book buying ban...)
Click to link to check it out:
http://bit.ly/2WwzYK7

Crazeedi They look interesting! Esp the Ware! 3mo
laurenslibrary @Crazeedi I know! I have a feeling I'm going to fail miserably at my book buying ban.. 😖 3mo
Crazeedi @laurenslibrary I know!!!🤨 3mo
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Reviewsbylola
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This was the kind of book that just didn‘t work for me. It was a mystery, centered on the disappearance of a young woman in Holland. But as the twists and turns started coming, I just didn‘t buy them. The first major twist just didn‘t seem believable and the novel lost me from there. It wasn‘t poorly written, I just think I‘m not the best reader for this particular book.

Reviewsbylola And for those that have read this, I‘m talking about Filip being gay. I just don‘t buy it. It was so far out of left field that I was irritated. And then the relationship between Sylvia and Lukas and then realizing they were brother and sister . . . I just can‘t. 3mo
Cinfhen You know I hit that spoiler tag 😜😂😂😂😂oops 3mo
Reviewsbylola I knew you would, without a doubt. 😆 @Cinfhen 3mo
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Reviewsbylola
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#bookmail today is courtesy of @HarperCollins 🥳🥳🥳

BarbaraBB Both sound great! Read them soon so you can share your verdict 😀😘 3mo
Hazel0303 Haha! I was declined for both 🤪 Enjoy them! 3mo
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TheLibrarian
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Searching for Sylvie Lee is so many things woven together into one book: a mystery dealing with relationships, immigration, families, cultures, secrets, & so much more. I absolutely love this book. It‘s a beautifully written, thought-provoking novel that will fill you with so many emotions.

This book will be available 6-4-2019.

#NetGalley #arc

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Liberty
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It‘s time for another round of “Let‘s Learn About Upcoming Books”: This is a book mail stack! It was a big week for mail. These are the amazing books I have received in the past week or so that I may be reading for coverage consideration. What are you excited to read? 📚❤️📚

Victoriahoperose The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell! I love her!! 3mo
AutumnRLS Laughter at the Academy! 3mo
AutumnRLS The Eason one looks interesting too. 3mo
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RamsFan1963 The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes is a book I definitely want to read! 3mo
TheLibrarian Searching for Sylvie Lee was really good! 3mo
LiteraryinLititz Sylvie Lee and the new Anthony Horowitz are atop my list to read! 3mo
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Suet624
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Thanks to LibraryThing for the ARC. It‘s the story of a disappearance & search of a family member. The Netherlands, China & the US are all represented & beautifully described. I enjoyed the varied ways it was told, thru emails, some phone calls, & characters telling their side of the story. The book was interesting enough that I read it non-stop. I enjoyed reading the cultural aspects of the characters and the character development was good. 🔽

Suet624 Unfortunately the mystery itself was a little disappointing. 5mo
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AudreyMorris
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Book mail! Thanks to #librarythingearlyreviewers and @HarperCollins @WilliamMorrowBooks for this #arc. It looks so good I‘m thinking of skipping my backlog and starting this one.

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RealLifeReading
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I returned home to #bookmail thanks to @HarperCollins and #librarythingearlyreviewers 📬
I really liked Girl in Translation so I‘m looking forward to this one! .

MallenNC I loved Girl in Translation so I‘m looking forward to this one. 5mo
Suet624 I just received this too! 5mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Went a little crazy on #NetGalley this afternoon. I am really really hoping to get to some of these gems 💎 ASAP!!! ...if I can ever get out from under this pile of books I'm currently reading.
🤩🤭🤗😅

MelissaSue81 Lol.. I got the message about the Harper Collins auto approval too and was tempted as well.. but I think I only took one. 6mo
Chelsea.Poole @MelissaSue81 I usually never request galleys or download the auto approval titles. I have no idea what came over me! They all just looked so good! 😁 6mo
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Kelly
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I am so excited for this one.

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