Monday, April 04, 2011

Possibly the sweetest coming-of-age book ever

If you have longed for a SWEET story, unspoiled by the mandatory under-age se_ual antics, this is your book. In true Romeo & Juliet fashion, Chinese-American Henry and Japanese-American Keiko find each other doing kitchen duty at their all-white private elementary school at the start of World War II in Seattle. The friendship that grows up into romance is sweet, so innocent, so heart-breakingly real. True to Romeo & Juliet, Henry's father does all in his power to keep the couple apart. Stunned by forced relocation to an internment camp, and viewing themselves as "Americans" first, Keiko's parents are welcoming. A promise is made....will it be kept? I refuse to print spoilers on this one! Just read it. It's such a welcome edition to teen coming-of-age literature. Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

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