Title: Throwaway Daughter
Author: Ting-xing Ye with William Bell
Genre: Contemporary (Young Adult)
About the book: It’s a standalone about Grace Dong-mei Parker, a Canadian teenager, who travels to China in search of her birth mother. After China introduced the one child per family policy, thousands of infant girls were abandoned or killed. Grace was adopted by a Canadian couple, but she sets out to discover the truth of what happened to her mother.
I received a reader copy from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.
First impressions: As a Chinese Canadian myself, I was excited to read this novel and learn more about Grace’s journey. I like the title as well as the cover. There’s a map of China and a short prologue that introduces some of the characters.
Characters: I enjoyed following Grace because I could relate to her and some of the struggles she faces. Although there are many different characters, I found it easy enough to keep track of everyone.
“I had learned at an early age that hoping makes life hard to live.”
Writing: It’s a quick read at about 240 pages with short chapters. Some of the scenes are quite sad and heart-breaking. The author explores history, family, and identity by weaving events of the past with the present. I love that the author uses pinyin to write out Mandarin words with English translations throughout the novel.
Final thoughts: I’m a fan of the ending as I think it does justice to the story. If you’re interested in a young adult adoption story, check out Throwaway Daughter.