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Last Night at the Telegraph Club
Last Night at the Telegraph Club | Malinda Lo
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rachelsbrittain
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YA historical fiction! I'm planning to do a round-up of must-read middle grade historical fiction later this year too.

https://bookriot.com/must-read-ya-historical-fiction-novels/

Johanna414 Great list! 2w
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Sharpeipup
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Got locked out at work this week. Luckily, I had a book to keep me company.

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Kitta
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What a great story about lesbians in the 1950s!

Well researched and well written, it‘s the story of Lily who is a Chinese American high school student and is dealing with her family‘s struggles living in Chinatown in San Francisco. It‘s sort of a coming of age and a coming out story, which normally I would be annoyed at (do we really need another?) but in this case, we do. It‘s good!

I can‘t wait to read what happens next.

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Kitta
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Reading on the train to Providence and Newport! Going for a quick weekend break to get out of the city. Anyone been? Any recommendations?

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Addison_Reads
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This was such a great read and a YA book I feel should be in every school library. Malinda Lo uses real historical events in 1950s San Francisco mixed with her story of a young Asian-American girl coming to terms with her sexuality to tell an unforgettable story.

Loved it and I'm so excited there's a sequel coming out. 💚

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Ellen_C
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Award winning YA novel set in 1950s San Francisco, featuring a Chinese American teen who is a lesbian and is interested in rockets and Spence travel. Lo deals with matters of racism, communist hysteria and anti-LGBTQ bigotry (all things we still see today). https://cannonballread.com/2022/04/last-night-at-the-telegraph-club-elcicco/

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Ellen_C
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Award winning YA novel set in the 1950s, featuring a Chinese American teenager who is also a lesbian and dreams of rockets and space travel. Malinda Lo covers a lot of important issues like racism, intolerance of LGBTQ community, and the communist scare.

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rsteve388
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This was an excellent YA Queer Romance novel that explore issues of bigotry, racism and anti Chinese Sentiment. The story was captivating and I loved the narrator Emily Zeller Woo. She really brought the whole story to life. I also loved the historical portion at the end that put the whole story in context.

Addison_Reads I just started this today and I'm really liking it. 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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An engaging coming-of-age story of a queer Asian American girl growing up in 1950s San Francisco. A girl who loves reading about space, dreams of rocket ships. A girl who discovers her sexuality and is fascinated with the lesbian culture she encounters, once she frequents a lesbian bar. The book touches on xenophobia, and anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments during the time, also on the McCarthy‘s Anti-Communist hysteria. I was more interested in the glimpses⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm …. of history than the romance part, but overall interesting and worth the read. 2mo
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍❤️ 2mo
Jebpix Just saw this on sale in kindle format today. 2mo
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batsy Great review. The historical bits sound super interesting. 2mo
squirrelbrain Great review! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts @batsy @squirrelbrain Thanks! I like that it revolves around real history. Well researched by the author 👍 2mo
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Eljay1
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Torn between "pick" and "so-so". A nice enough book. Some parts were quite endearing, others a bit dull and I found myself inadvertently skimming through. Glad I read it, but not one I will be dwelling on.

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WanderingBookaneer
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😍

MeganAnn 🎉🎉🎉 how exciting! 2mo
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BriannaT
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A friend of mine recommended this book to me so we could talk about it, and it was nice to hear how she related to the main character discovering her queer identity. Even though I can‘t relate to it like she can, it was nice to see her get excited about it while we talk! That aside, this book made me feel all sorts of ups and downs as Lily faces problems lgbtq people face today, even though she‘s in the 1950s.

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actualdisneyprincess
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I love this book. Beautifully-written, with vibrant characters, I cannot stop turning pages. #lastnightatthetelegraphclub #malindalo

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IndoorDame
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Set in the 50s in San Francisco‘s Chinatown, this is the quintessential coming out story. It forces us all to ask ourselves the question, if we were faced with the same choice, would we slip quietly back into the fold of family life, or would we stand up and say this is who I am! Deal with me! #BBRC Adult New Adult #PopSugar2022 #TwoBooksFromTwinTowns #LGBTQBookBingo #Holiday @LibrarianRyan @Kenyazero

LibrarianRyan yeahh 3mo
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EH2018
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Hre's my #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks
Looking forward to my #bookspin and #doublespin books as well

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks great!!! 4mo
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ninergrl6
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I know I‘m biased because San Francisco is close to my heart — literally started reading this book on a street mentioned in ch 2 — but I can‘t recommend it highly enough. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Lovely coming of age story about Lily, a 17 year old STEM-loving Chinese American girl living in San Francisco in the 1950‘s & discovering her sexuality

The extensive author‘s note about her research is fascinating in itself!

#ya #teachersoflitsy #bookclub #lgbtq

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rebbyj
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Interesting. Not what I expected.

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May be an unpopular opinion, but while I loved the story, it was sooooooo drawn out for me.

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kissmehardy
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Another #reread. I just love how richly Lily's world is drawn, and how much she feels for Kath. I fully believe they make it in the long run! #yalit #historicalfiction

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JackOBotts
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Another fantastic #NYWD22 read, c/o @MeganAnn

A beautiful coming-of-age story about first loves. I admire Lily‘s strength and commitment to living her truth as the novel progressed.

monalyisha 😍🎉! 4mo
TheBookHippie This is on my list! Glad to see it‘s a good read! 4mo
MeganAnn Yes! 🎉I‘m so glad you liked it! I loved Lily‘s convictions and strength as well. And the author captures the experience of first love as a teenage girl beautifully. ❤️✨ 4mo
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Fierce AF rebel girls seems to be the theme of my reading this week. A wonderful coming of age tale of a queer, Chinese American, math and science whiz, who finds herself and a community in 1950s San Francisco. Malinda Lo went to great lengths to center this around real history and the attendant racism and homophobia that abounded. Kids today are so lucky to have these novels. STOP TRYING TO CENSOR THEM!

TrishB This is one of my book club reads 👍🏻 looking forward to it. 4mo
batsy Great review! I'm keen to read it. (PS: What's Pickles thinking about?) 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @batsy Knowing her it‘s likely food. 4mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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Snowy days call for a ramen and reading lunch.

TrishB Looks perfect ❤️ 4mo
LeahBergen Mmm…. 🍜 4mo
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Nalbuque
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Last book of 2021!
Great read, with elements that reminded me of Pulp (which I also read this year so it‘s here somewhere), and The Girl with Ghost Eyes, in the way that it talked about Chinese culture. Lots on cold war, immigration, quiltbang (spesh lesbian history), family, early days of women in STEM, and first loves.
Lo‘s writing has come a long way, and this is my fave novel by her so far. Authors like her are doing Gods work out there! 🤍

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Branwen
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WHOO HOO! CONGRATS TO MALINDA LO!!! Her queer historical fiction book won the 2021 National Book Award! 🎉🎉🎉👏💕📚

erzascarletbookgasm Nice! Stacking 6mo
MallenNC I really enjoyed this one! I‘m glad it won. 6mo
Clare-Dragonfly Oh wow! I own this and I‘ll have to make a point of reading it soon! 6mo
BillBlume I was thrilled by this news. This is my favorite book of the year. 6mo
Branwen @MallenNC Me too! I'm so glad it won! @Clare-Dragonfly @BillBlume @erzascarletbookgasm It really is an amazing book! 💕📚💕 6mo
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This book is lovely. It's a coming of age story about a Chinese girl in the 1950s in San Francisco who may have some confusing feelings about male impersonators she sees advertised in the newspaper. That's how it opens. This book is lovely and complex and the main character drew me in.

#DoubleSpin done!
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TheAromaofBooks I really love this cover, too!! 7mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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❤️❤️❤️

WanderingBookaneer @Gissy : Have you read tagged book? It‘s amazing! (edited) 8mo
Zoe-h Just added it to my TBR!!! 8mo
Gissy @WanderingBookaneer No, but it was added in by Litsy tbr🤗Gracias! 8mo
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kissmehardy
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I would read 18 more novels about Lily and Kath. Love their interests in space and flying, love their relationship, love that they get to be happy! #yaromance

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SincerelyWinona
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Finally finished my last #LMPBC book, ending with this pick by @MeganAnn . I can‘t express how magical it feels to receive such an incredible book with so much heartfelt commentary already inside. I felt like I was experiencing this story surrounded by friends and I absolutely devoured this novel and experience. Thank you Megan (again) for your patience with my belated reading. I had no idea what like was going to throw at me these past 4 months!

SincerelyWinona I‘m excited to get this in the mail and send it home with all of its marked-up goodness back to you @MeganAnn ASAP! 10mo
MeganAnn 😍 Love your review! I can‘t wait to get it back and read everyone‘s commentary. And I hope your next 4 months are much more relaxing or at least back to normal. 10mo
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mhillis
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Set in the 1950s, Last Night at the Telegraph Club is the story of Lily and Kath. I love the cover because it shows setting so well - Lily sneaks out of her home in Chinatown to watch a nightclub act with Kath. This was so well-written and the history in the author‘s note made it all the more interesting!

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Clare-Dragonfly
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Single #bookhaul from my local indie bookstore. I‘ve been looking forward to this one!

oddandbookish I still need to read this one! 11mo
rachelm I loved this one! 11mo
Kenyazero Nice find! 11mo
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Zoe-h
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What a great book! I liked how descriptive this book was & how the characters felt three-dimensional. But sometimes I felt that it could go pages without any dialogue, & that kind of bothered me. Lily lives in Chinatown in the 50‘s. Everything in her live is going great until she meets Kath. Kath takes her to the Telegraph Club to go see Tommy Andrews, a male impersonator, preform. Soon, Lily is questioning if she is falling in love with Kath. 4⭐️

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Kenyazero
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Malinda Lo tells the story of queer Asian American experiences during the Red and Lavender Scare. Teenager Lily navigates the complex interactions of her identities, made more complex by dangerous politics targeting vulnerable populations. I don't always enjoy historical fiction, but this was a good read. #HistoricalFiction #LGBTQ #AAPI

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Paperback.Propensity
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Such a good coming-of-age about a Chinese American teen falling in love with another girl. This book is rich and complex, and I highly recommend reading the author's note for some interesting and important history.

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Michael_Gee
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@MeganAnn What a good pick! I LOVED it. I loved the lingering pace, the lovely writing, the emotional journey. Lo understands the importance of representation, and the way gay people have/had to search it out or invent it. Also, how invaluable it is to have a safe space to express yourself, your love, and explore your identity.

MeganAnn Yay! I‘m so glad you liked it! ❤️ I can‘t wait to see everyone‘s notes at the end. (edited) 12mo
Michael_Gee @SincerelyWinona Just dropped it off at the post office! Should be to you Friday. 12mo
SincerelyWinona Sounds good! I‘m excited for it! 12mo
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nelehelen
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This queer historical YA set in San Francisco was special for me to read because I was able to walk the streets and neighborhoods mentioned in the book. This is a beautiful story about first loves, self-discovery and found family. I love that it gives a voice to those lost in history—queer Asian American women.

Full review: https://www.instagram.com/p/COL-3u9rZbA/?igshid=z9m4p83ef7hx

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Soubhiville
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This was my #LMPBC so I don‘t want to say too much. Lots of comments in the book and journal. I will say I did really enjoy it.

@rachelm I‘ll drop it in the mail for you Monday. 😊📚

rachelm Excited! 13mo
WanderingBookaneer I‘m so glad you liked it! 13mo
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Reggie
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@MeganAnn Thanks for picking this book for our group. I‘ll be honest and say I thought it was slow for the first 200 pages and that Lo could have better integrated all the threads of the story better but those last 200 really got me. And I was kind of crying through the last 100 because I forgot what it was like to be that teen. Thanks again and @GhostStories this will be in the mail to you tomorrow.

Lauram I love everything about this post. 13mo
JennyM Cool pic 😎 13mo
Cathythoughts Great picture 👍🏻 13mo
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Centique Man that cover is great and you really extended it with the picture 😍 13mo
MeganAnn I‘m so glad you liked it!! Can‘t wait to read your notes 😊 I was hoping to get the next book out to you this week but didn‘t finish it in time to get to the post office before they closed this morning. I‘ll mail it out priority mail on Monday for sure. Sorry for the delay! 13mo
Michael_Gee Got the book today! Did you get what I sent you? 13mo
Reggie @GhostStories I live with family and someone put it where they thought I‘d see it and when asked they were like yeah, it‘s been there like 2 weeks already. I‘m so sorry, Michael. Thank you so much! And I like that your note has a cat at the bottom. Will post about when I read them. 13mo
Michael_Gee @Reggie Glad you got it! 😊 That cat looks a lot like my tabby Twinkle Toes. 13mo
Reggie @MeganAnn Hi, Megan. I haven‘t received the next book. Did you by chance send it later or maybe it‘s the mail being slow? 12mo
MeganAnn @Reggie oh my goodness I just saw this comment! For some reason I missed the notification. So I had my husband mail the book out to you awhile ago - you definitely should have had it by now. He‘s on his way home from work and as soon as he gets here I‘ll get the receipt with the tracking info and let you know where it‘s at. Sorry I didn‘t see this earlier! 12mo
MeganAnn @Reggie I am so very sorry for this! But after finding the receipt, realizing your address wasn‘t on there and searching high and low to figure out what the heck happened to the book, it‘s finally in the mail. My husband took a bunch of packages to mail all at once and somehow yours ended up falling under the seat of his truck and he didn‘t see it. Apparently it‘s been wedged there ever since. So I thought it went out... 12mo
MeganAnn And he didn‘t realize it was missing since there were a couple of similar packages. Anyway, I took it to the post office first thing this morning and you should have it by Monday. I‘m so sorry for the delay! I‘ll get to reading the next book which I just got from Winona and will make sure it gets out on time. Sorry again! Please forgive us! 12mo
Reggie I‘m so happy to hear this because I really thought someone might have taken it so this is great. No worries. I will look for it on Monday. Thanks @MeganAnn 😊 12mo
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This book was so good. The slow burn romance between Lily and Kath was adorable.

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melrailey
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Finished this one this morning. Such a great read. I didn‘t want the story to end. #deweysreadathon2021 @DeweysReadathon

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This was a much better reading week than the last. My commute read to work is Last Night at the Telegraph Club and it is excellent. I really wish that I had the time to just sit down and devour it, but work.

How was your reading week?

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MeganAnn
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Several catch-up posts coming after being on vacation all week celebrating our 10 yr wedding anniversary 🎉

Here‘s my final #bookspinbingo for March - almost had a bingo across the top but didn‘t have time to get to that last one 🤷‍♀️

Finished both my #bookspin Young Adult choice (review coming in my next post) and my #doublespin which was The Bone Season - a favorite series reread.

Favorite book this month was the tagged title for #lmpbc ❤️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Great progress & congratulations on your anniversary!!! 13mo
Gissy Great!📚📚📚👏👏👏Congratulations in your wedding anniversary!🥂 13mo
MeganAnn @TheAromaofBooks @Gissy aww thank you both! 🥰🥰🥰 13mo
Michael_Gee Congratulations on your decade!! 13mo
MeganAnn @GhostStories thank you!! 🥰 13mo
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I'm annoyed. It snowed last night. I'm going to hermit mode again and reading this.

MeganAnn This was my favorite read last month! Hope you enjoy it too ❤️ 13mo
SassenachTheBookWizard @MeganAnn oh yeah! I've been waiting like 2 years for it to come out so hope I like it! 13mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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@Soubhiville I have been working Mon - Sat (because of standardized test prep) and was dealing with a small medical emergency that required 2 minor surgical interventions to stabilize me until I can get the actual operation in June. I was going to post later today after I visited the UPS store. Sorry for the delay all! @rachelm #GroupL

Butterfinger Oh goodness. I hope everything is as well as can be. 13mo
rachelm Sending love! 13mo
CaroPi Sending good energy for a fast recovery! 13mo
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AmyG Wishing you a speedy recovery. Hope all goes well. 13mo
Simona Take care of yourself! 13mo
Soubhiville Yikes! I hope you won‘t be too uncomfortable before your surgery in June. Sorry you‘re going through that. No worries about the shipping, just wanted to check in. 13mo
Librariana Sorry to hear that you've been dealing with this and needed medical interventions in the meantime 😟😔 Hope you're able to get some rest and wishing you a speedy recovery 💙 May everything stay nice and stable until June 🍀 (or hope they can see you sooner than that!) 13mo
marleed Sending positive vibes your way. I hope this week‘s intervention provides you calm until the main surgery. 13mo
Gissy Espero estes bien y que todo salga bien. Un abrazo! 13mo
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MallenNC
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This was really great. I was a little worried when I started because of the page count (long books are hard for me sometimes) but it didn‘t drag at all. I loved Lily as a character, figuring out life. I also loved how the author was inspired by real people to create her fictional story. I always like learning about people whose stories haven‘t been told as much. This was one of my most recent MyTBR recommendations.

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4/5 star read. A good tale of a queer Chinese American teenager in 1950‘s San Francisco. Finished at the 9 hr 40 min mark in #20in4

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MeganAnn
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Finished this for #lmpbc & will send it off Monday. I was so engrossed in the last half of the book, I forgot to make notes & had to go back and do it. Which was actually perfect because as soon as I finished it, I wanted to read it again.

A beautiful coming of age lesbian love story set in 1950s San Francisco in/near Chinatown. Lo handled the balance between history, teenage first loves & Lily figuring out who she is + what she wants very well⤵️

MeganAnn I don‘t want to spoil anything, but I thought Lo captured teenage first love beautifully - it reminded me of myself as a teenager trying to figure things out and wondering if the other person feels the same way. ❤️ Don‘t skip the author‘s notes at the end explaining the historical context and the research she put into this novel. I really appreciated the added depth it gives to the story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (edited) 14mo
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Another great title from Malinda Lo. In fact I think this is her best yet. It's a historical fiction set in 1954 about Lily Hu, a Chinese American girl discovering her sexuality and falling in love. Lo went to great lengths to make sure the book was as historically accurate as possible and even includes notes in the back. It's a great look at queer and Chinese culture during the 50s. I also recommend listening to the audiobook too.

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Uuuugh. Let these books stack up with no renewals. Due back Monday. Game face ON!

Full TikTok here if you‘re interested: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMeDc57yQ/