If You Could See the Sun

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If You Could See the Sun

If You Could See the Sun

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Liang’s sophomore novel, after her debut If You Could See the Sun, which was one of my favorite releases this year and one of my fa…!

Born in Beijing, she grew up travelling back and forth between China and Australia, but somehow ended up with an American accent. Between the gorgeous writing and the incredible class commentary and Henry Li, if I wasn't squealing into my pillow, I was near tears at feeling seen by the Chinese culture and diaspora experience woven throughout. When she thinks nothing can be worse than this situation, after an award ceremony and ugly banters with her nemesis Henry, she feels like something is truly wrong. Alice is very determined to make something of herself so she doesn’t waste everything her parents have sacrificed.

i had assumed it might have had some connection to the sun or some other intriguing concept, so it was quite disheartening. I loved their banter and their scenes together, especially as Alice gradually realizes that Henry isn’t a bad person. I just wished there was more thought put into the execution of a novel with an interesting initial concept. Special thanks to NetGalley and Inkyard Press for sharing this amazing digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions. Of course, even as the “study machine” perfect child, she made some questionable decisions that almost landed herself in PRISON🤑💅✨✨.

For how analytical she is, she is also such an emotional little bean who wears her feelings on her sleeve. even the author's deep affection and admiration for her parents shine through in this book, evident in the unwavering dedication and heartfelt portrayal. I DIDN’T KNOW I NEEDED THIS BOOK AND NOW I LEGIT HAVE NO CLUE HOW I SURVIVED BEFORE I READ IF YOU COULD SEE THE SUN. The other party involved, the ‘evil mastermind’, so to speak, was barely even a force to be reckoned with.

She doesn’t even necessarily know what she wants to do other than be successful; however, she’s so driven in everything that she does (see: monetizing a confusing and random power) that she’ll be okay in whatever she does, something other characters have to help her see. Liang paints a clear picture of what it’s like to struggle for certain advantages that are seemingly handed to others, skillfully exploring themes of classism and privilege via a sympathetic protagonist who feels—sometimes literally—invisible. i’m so used to seeing the side of henry that laughs aloud, that teases me and challenges me and listens to taylor swift on repeat that i keep forgetting how distant he is with everyone else, even people he knows.

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