The Land of Forgotten Girls Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-20 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 16 user ratings

" There is a lot of hope in this story and it was especially poignant to have the inclusion of a cast of diverse characters. It's also a deeply sad story, but one with moments of lightness and the power of good that will likely shine through. My biggest takeaways are the power of stories and the intense connection of sisters. This would make a great classroom read aloud. " said.

" I finally read THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN GIRLS and what an immersive, heart-rending story. Erin's writing swallows you up and delivers you wholly to another world. Her characters will stay with me for a long time. There are difficult truths here, but these are kids that need to be seen, heard, and loved by readers as much as by Mother Hush. Highly recommended for fans of One for the Murphys and The Thing About Jellyfish. " said.

" So sad! Shortly after their mother's death, Sol and Ming's father remarried and brought them to America from the Philippines. Then not long after that he went back home and never returned - leaving the girls in the care of their stepmother - who truly is evil. Sol does everything in her power to protect Ming, but it's a constant struggle. Can Vea and the girls find a way to reconcile, or can Sol find help and friendship outside of their dingy apartment? " said.

" I really wanted to like this book but I felt it poorly edited and too loosely tied together. I almost didn't want to finish it. Sol and Ming's story is so tragic. I have lots of students ask for sad books and this one is so sad; I just wish the narrative held together better. Death of family members, abandonment, physical and emotional abuse, bullies...all too much for me. I will struggle to recommend this book though appreciate the diversity of its characters. " said.

"I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and unique. Everyone is trying to write books that are culturally diverse, but you never read books about Filipino girls. I've been looking for some forever since most of my students are immigrants from the Philipines. The author is a second generation immigrant and really does a great job of capturing the experience. It is obvious that she is not a first generation immigrant, but I'll take what I can get! The characters are well developed and lovable. I would highly recommend it and I can't wait to read her other books. " said.

" "The truth has a thousand voices." What a meaningful, poignant and timely book. This is a great cultural narrative that would pair with so many great pieces of historical fictions about the immigrant narrative. It would create some powerful comparisons to the past and present immigrant experience.What gorgeous voices. " said.

" Gah, I loved this book so much. A heartbreaking tale of sisters and dashed hopes, this book still manages to feel hopeful. It's real and messy and so, so inspiring. Highly recommend. " said.

" I couldn’t ask for a better Expecto Patronum book than this one for #DAReadathon. Sol weaves stories for herself and her sister Ming in order to cope with loss at different points in their lives. Cont'd on the blog: " said.

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