Seeing Emily by Joyce Lee Wong

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The stunning new talent, Joyce Lee Wong, delivers a poignant, lyrical novel about the experiences of a Chinese American teenage girl by a stunning new talent.

In the successful style of David Levithan's The Realm of Possibility and Sonya Sones' What My Mother Doesn't Know, this free verse novel introduces readers to sixteen-year-old Emily, one of three Asian students at her high school in Richmond, Virginia, and the only child of protective, ambitious parents. She loves her parents and has always strived to please them, but her interest in a sexy new student, her growing passion for art, and her need to break away without breaking her tightly-knit family apart, force Emily to create a web of lies that ultimately traps her just as tightly as her circumstances. Through her art she finds a key to freedom and a new understanding of her place in the world.

Joyce Lee Wong's dazzling debut addresses the complexities of the contemporary Asian American experience, the pressures of American high school, and the age-old clash between teens and parents. This touching novel takes readers on a journey in which parents, peers and readers ultimately find new ways of seeing Emily.

About Joyce Lee Wong

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Joyce Lee Wong is the winner of numerous "new talent" prizes given by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She is a lawyer, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two small children.
Published November 1, 2005 by Harry N. Abrams. 288 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this coming-of-age montage, a Chinese-American teen discovers her world is “richer with the music of two languages, the rhythm of two cultures.” American-born Emily has loving Chinese parents, two best friends, good grades, artistic talent and her first boyfriend, yet she’s “yearning for somet...

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She also describes her view of recent acquaintances: new student Nick, who is destined to become her first boyfriend, and Alex, another newcomer whose Chinese parents are old friends of Emily's parents.

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Only then do the pieces of her life and heritage finally start fitting together, and she can start seeing and becoming herself, Emily.

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