The cover is so dated that it won t attract any current teen readers They really should update it This book was okay in my opinion It was interesting for a person like me to read because as an asian american I kind of feel that tension between some of the american values I ve become accustomed to, and some traditional asian values I think I didn t find it as interesting because I m very very americanized and I couldn t really feel that strong connection I guess But reading about feeling torn in some ways I could relate to This book made me feel a bit sad really I ve always wished to be asian in a way, where many ABCs american born chinese or immigrants have wanted to be american There were a lot of mixed feelings for me in this book, but overall I think it captures the idea of being a young asian american. American Eyes has quite a few well written stories that catch and hold the reader s attention The problem for me was that they all seemed like excerpts from longer stories or incomplete Several stories had endings that left me thinking, Wait, is that it It ends here It was a bit of a let down. Children s Books,short stories This book wasn t the best Some of the short stories were good but others were boring and not interesting I will never read this book again Don t read it. My lukewarm feelings for this book stem from 1 the 80 s Asian Nancy Drew esque cover with androgynous, wide eyed, plump lipped black haired teens yes I can judge a book by its cover dammit and 2 the selection and editing of the stories by a non Asian woman who loved her grandparent s imitation desk from the land of China Is it that just ten years ago, this type of collection could only be published if a white person took interest, deemed it worthy Some of the stories are better than others You get the feeling these fictional accounts are thinly veiled autobiographical events that skimp on certain details or connections because they automatically exist in the author s mind.However, it s nice to see that the quality, variety and spread of Asian American works has improved over time In This Unique Collection Of Touching And Heartfelt Short Stories, Ten Young Asian American Writers Re Create The Conflicts That All Young People Feel Living In Two Distinct Worlds One Of Memories And Traditions, And One Of Today Whether It Includes Dreams Of Gossiping With The Prettiest Blond Girl In Class, Not Wanting To Marry The Man Your Parents Love, Or Discovering That Your True Identity Is Ultimately Your Decision, These Extraordinary Stories By Writers Of Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Hawaiian, Filipino, And Korean Descent Explore The Confusion And Ambivalence Of Growing Up In A World Different From The One Their Parents Knew And The Choices We All Must Make When Looking For A World To Which We Want To Belong
Lori Marie Carlson was born in Jamestown, New York She went to college at Indiana University, earning a MA in Hispanic Literature She has taught at several universities Carlson has written several books for children and young adults, including Cool Salsa and Sol a Sol The Sunday Tertulia is her first novel for adults.
- 160 pages
- American Eyes: New Asian-American Short Stories for Young Adults
- Lori Marie Carlson
- 07 October 2019 Lori Marie Carlson