Title: In the Beautiful Country
Author: Jane Kuo
Genre: Middle Grade Historical Fiction / Realistic
Publication Date: June 28th, 2022
Publisher: Quill Tree Books
“Anna can’t wait to move to the beautiful country—the Chinese name for America. Although she’s only ever known life in Taiwan, she can’t help but brag about the move to her family and friends.
But the beautiful country isn’t anything like Anna pictured. Her family can only afford a cramped apartment, she’s bullied at school, and she struggles to understand a new language. On top of that, the restaurant that her parents poured their savings into is barely staying afloat. The version of America that Anna is experiencing is nothing like her dreams. How will she be able to make the beautiful country her home?” (Goodreads)
I was hesitant on picking this one up because in verse novels just aren’t my thing. I’m glad that I pushed myself to do it though, because it was worth the listen and understand another perspective better.
The book is told through the eyes of a girl named Anna. She has only known Taiwan until her father decides to move him family over to America. Sadly, it isn’t what her family expected and it comes with a lot of hardship they must face.
This was a sad book for a majority of it. The language that people use to describe those that are different from them hasn’t changed. It’s a real shame that we haven’t learned over the years. Anna deals with a lot of bullying because of her differences and her parents deal with property damage at their restaurant. These things still happen.
Even though they go through all of that, they find true friends and it feels like their luck changes after that for the better. Their friends were amazing and helped them a lot, especially when it came to putting an end to the vandalizing.
From beginning to end to really painted a picture of what its like to move from a place you are familiar with to the unknown. Life isn’t always fair and sometimes it sucks to have to toughen it out but in the end it may just turn to a brighter day.
Overall, this was well done!