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An Ocean Apart, a World Away written by Lensey Namioka was such a fascinating demonstration of persuading readers to go on

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Nga Vo March 1, 2005 Period 1 Summary An Ocean Apart, a World Away written by Lensey Namioka was such a fascinating demonstration of persuading readers to go on and pursuing your own dreams. It was published in 2002 by Dell Laurel-Leaf, who is an imprint of Random House Children's books in New York. This book that I had just read was mostly about this one Chinese girl named Xueyan who is also known as Yanyan, or Shelia in her school. During the early 1900s, China was struggling to maintain their unstable democracy. They didn't worry much about their citizens' living. They only knew one goal in their mind which is to fight over territories and political titles. At that time, many young women were finding themselves caught between old traditions and new ideas. Typical Chinese girls at the age of sixteen would most likely be putted into the plans for their marriage. ...read more.

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Yanyan at that moment was very happy. She knew that the opportunity that she had been waiting for now has just arrived. Yet Yanyan was very stuck when she tried to determine whether she should run away with Liang Baoshu and be a part of his dangerous life, or running toward her medicine dream is more important. It was getting harder and harder each day for Yanyan to decide, since her love for Liang Baoshu has been growing so much stronger and stronger each day. Every little details and moments that she was with him made her wanted to keep them forever. They both fall in love with each other very madly although they had never expressed it to each other. Yanyan finally made up her mind and rejected the offer of running away with Liang Baoshu because Yanyan is a very deep thinker; she would rather giving up her happiness then making other people around her worry for her. ...read more.

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This make the story tends to be more interesting and fun to read since it's so much more surprising like this than doing the reading and knowing what is the next actions already. The only disliked part about this book is it ended with a note that I didn't really like, and it didn't seem like it fit in with the whole ending. I think the last chapter and the final scene were just too rushed. I also don't like for the fact that the author didn't try to make Yanyan's voice always sound natural. Some of the dialogues were quite unrealistic. This error was a little unsatisfactory, since this book is made for teenage-girl audiences, therefore straightforwardness was not needed. Overall, this book was such a great influence for readers to know that they should always follow their dreams and goals no matter what. I can promise you; this reading is worth every second of yours! Nga Vo Period 1 ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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