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Chinese Cinderella

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Author:  Adeline Yen Mah

When Adeline Yen Mah's mother died giving birth to her, the family considered Adeline bad luck and she was made to feel unwanted all her life. Chinese Cinderella is the story of her struggle for acceptance and how she overcame the odds to prove her worth.

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May 18,2016
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My english teacher saw this book in the library and said that I should read it, I got hooked. Chinese Cinderella language is so beautifully created that I cried. The wonderful words are a shout out to all unwanted children, just making Yen jun-ling (Adeline yen mah's chinese name) more powerful than most other things ,adding to this sense she said she felt compelled to write a auto biography after Niang died. This is a true story that must be heared by all to experience the true feelings that are brought  life within this novel.

Mar 20,2015

This book is rerally dicriptive you know what they are doing in every page of the book, when you have to stop reading all you want to do is read more! this is based on a true story. It is very sadening when the little girl get's kick out of her own house and gets her step mother's long sharp nails dig into her throte.

Apr 30,2014
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Chinese cinderella follows Adeline’s journey as a young unwanted daughter to prove her worth and to finally be accepted. She is considered bad luck, being thought that she was the cause of her mother’s death therefore her stepmother and all her family disrespect her and consider her as a piece of rubbish, She strives hard in all areas and has been top of her class all her life although the only people who pay attention to her is her beloved Aunt Baba and her grandpa, her brothers despise her even once tricking her into drinking their urine and letting a dog kill her little pet duckling. She makes friends along the way but each time having to leave them because of her mother abandoning her into different boarding schools each time they move houses or to keep her away from her Aunt Baba.

I thought this was a very inspiring novel that was very well written, and well thought, therefore I very much enjoyed the novel. Some parts made me a little sad and some lightened me up although it was more of a serious bibliography than a humorous one. This was also good in a way because I could see through the main characters eyes perfectly,because the story was written in first person in much detail.

 I would really recommend this book to those that want a first person view on the daily life of a person less fortunate and who are interested in how other people who are not as fortunate as we are live their daily lives and struggle on. In conclusion I think this novel has changed on how I sometimes think or how I feel in different situations it really is inspiring and I highly recommend this novel.

Jun 20,2013

"Chinese Cinderella" Is a autobiography of Adeline Yen Mah, an Unwanted Daughter. Yen Jun-ling's (Adeline's Chinese name) mother died giving birth to her and her siblings and the rest of her family believe she is bad-luck. One year later, Her father re-married.

Her Family, especially her step-mother Niang discriminate her and Adeline's three brothers hate her for causing the death of her Mama and never forgave her.

All of the photos of Adeline Yen Mah's mum have been destroyed under her father's orders. This story is such a great, gripping story one of the best i have read. You will experience the ups and downs of what it was like as Adeline when she was a little girl growing up in China.

Jun 10,2013

Chinese Cinderella is an autobiography written by Adeline Yen Mah, describing her life as a young girl growing up in a hateful family. She struggles to like her step - mother and siblings as they constantly blame her for everything that goes wrong! As soon as I picked up the book I was instantly drawn to the unique and enthralling story line and emotion involved. It is truly captivating. The pain that Chinese Cinderella must've gone through is almost inexplicible. Set in Shanghai, China, Chinese cinderella is literally a novel about an unwanted daughter. Her family dwells on the anguish of her mother's death at Adeline's birth and hate her for the cominig of the tradgedy. Adeline finds her own way in life and finally gets her cinderella ending.

I absolutely LOVED this book, I could read it again and again and again.

Jun 10,2013
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Imagine your whole life you have been unwanted, told you were bad luck and nothing but sadness has come in your life, you are so unwanted that you have been sent away from your own home several times, only to be brought back to your house and sent to an even worse place.This is the life of Adeline Yen Mah. When Adeline was born she caused her mother's death making her whole family believe that she was bad luck. Some of the most terrible things happened to this girl, her most cherished possesion in the world, her pet duck got killed right before her eyes and eventually she was sent to an orphanage all because her friends wanted to throw her party. At the orphanage she was teased and never had any visitors, She didn't even have more than three dresses. These three dresses were the only items of clothing she had plus a few extra pairs of unerwear but nothing else for a 14 year old girl. Adeline  Yen Mah is an inspiration to us all and she did end up getting her Cinderella ending. As sad as this book is I still love it, I could read it again and again and again.


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