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Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Shanghai Girls: A Novel - Lisa See

I just couldn't get into it, and had to give up after about 50 pages. I thought the story had potential, but I just didn't enjoy the way it was written and how one thing lined up after the other. It was also very hard to follow a main character who was so naive and ignorant about the world around her, even when it came to her own sister. A lot of it seemed very predictable, and after skipping ahead a bit, a lot of my predictions came true. Disappointing.


Note: I received an advanced reading copy of this from the publisher.