Mountain Girl, River Girl
By Ting-xing Ye
This is a very eye-opening book about Chinese culture and how girls are treated. It took my breath away to learn how hard some of them have it. And yet, they seem to somehow carry on against all odds and torturous events!
The story is about two teenage girls born miles apart in rural China. They are very unhappy where they are. They have dreams of getting out of the miserable poverty that they live in the midst of and making a life for themselves, and most of all making something of themselves. However, they encounter endless turmoil and danger.
Both Pan-pan and Shui-lian make the difficult decision of leaving home. Pan-pan is quiet and determined. She leaves her mountain village and heads for Beijing while Shui-lian is fiery and rebellious. She lived near a river and sets her sights on Shanghai.
Before the two girls can achieve what the dreamed of, they have so many challenges to endure. But at some point, they meet up with each other and form a very close friendship. Can the friendship save them from all the dangers that await them?
Despite the fact that this book for young adults, I would suggest that the book be read with parent supervision because of the violent nature of the content. But it is a great book for teens in that it will broaden a teenage girl’s perspectives..
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth