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Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A Heart and Gut Wrencher

This book provoked so many feelings! There were times you wanted to jump in and just wrap your arms around the author when she was a little girl. Then towards the end you start to feel anger and hatred towards those around her. This book is worth reading! There isn't mu...
This book provoked so many feelings! There were times you wanted to jump in and just wrap your arms around the author when she was a little girl. Then towards the end you start to feel anger and hatred towards those around her. This book is worth reading! There isn't much else to say. Read it!!! :)

posted by Anonymous on July 22, 2007

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Waa Waa Waa What a whinner!

I kept reading ... hoping it would get better. This woman has no idea how to appreciate what she has. She complains about how terrible her childhood was and I then presumed she would try her best to be a great mother. BUT she had so little to say about the joys of be...
I kept reading ... hoping it would get better. This woman has no idea how to appreciate what she has. She complains about how terrible her childhood was and I then presumed she would try her best to be a great mother. BUT she had so little to say about the joys of becoming a mother and then obviously with no lesson learned from her own childhood I am sure her children had the same miserable life. I wanted to smack her and say wake up. You are missing out on everything, get over it.

posted by AHappyProudMom on June 20, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2008

    Cry me a river! Poor little rich girl

    Ok the best thing the author got out of the whole dysfunctional family situation was her medical degrees. The underlying message the author tries hard to deliver is frustrating to the reader because her futile attempts to win her moneybags parents were always a waste of time. You will be disappointed time after time because the author, like the moth to a flame will go back and get hurt time after time. Sorry Adeline, your book sucked. You should've left your family right after med school and enjoyed life. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. The movie 'notebook' is a way better tear-jerker than this crap.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    Wonderful book

    It was a wonderful book. Once I got into it, I could not put it down. To think that all of this story is true, was very sad, yet showed how the author overcame so many obstacles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2007

    Good story, annoying tone

    The actual story about Adeline's life is interesting and also effective at teaching readers about the struggles of less fortunate people, but the tone of the book made it unbearable to read. I realize the author had a very difficult life but all she did was point out the negative. I had difficulty reading this book because it was very repetitive. If she learned anything from her hardships, she didn't show it through her writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2006

    Poor me

    The book was interesting if you are interested in gaining perspective on another culture. I could not help but tire of the 'poor me, I've had such a hard life' theme of this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2002

    WOULD NOT RECOMMEND

    When I read about the author's life as a child and young girl, I felt very sorry for her. Then, I was encouraged as she grew up and out of this 'horrible' family and became her own person. She succeeded in creating a new life for herself with her career, marriage, children, and wealth and seems fairly stable and 'okay.' So, what was the point of the book? If this family was so horrible to her, why does she continue to have ties and connections with them? Why does she continue to re-live the past (by whining and complaining about them)? The author doesn't give any credit to her father at all and yet she was given wonderful educational opportunities, money and travel experiences beyond what any normal child has handed to them. She seems quite bitter and angry (which may be understandable), but I couldn't get past the self-pitying 'poor-me' tone of the book. As a mature adult, she should be able let go and move on. I would not recommend this book at all.

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