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|Download E-pub õ A Step from Heaven ë When Young Ju is four years old, she learns that her family is leaving their small fishing village in Korea to live in Mi Gook Young Ju has heard enough about Mi Gook to be sure the place they are moving to is paradise, that she and her family are going to heavenAfter flying through the sky for a long time, Young Ju finds out that Mi Gook is actually a regular earthly place called America And it doesn t feel at all like heaven A STEP FROM HEAVEN follows Young s life from the age ofall the way up until she is ready for college, as we watch her change from a hopeful girl into a hardened young adult This could have been four stars It had the potential to be a really great book But unfortunately it just isn t there If it were longer it could have the chance to flesh out something other than the abuse Any book dealing with abuse seems to revolve around it This book is about a young Korean girl, Young Ju, who immigrates to America with her family While the summary says that they have difficulty learning English, that is only brought to light a few times Young Ju learns it easily, as doe This could have been four stars It had the potential to be a really great book But unfortunately it just isn t there If it were longer it could have the chance to flesh out something other than the abuse Any book dealing with abuse seems to revolve around it This book is about a young Korean girl, Young Ju, who immigrates to America with her family While the summary says that they have difficulty learning English, that is only brought to light a few times Young Ju learns it easily, as does her brother Joon Ho I thought it would be a far bigger issue, but it only poses as a problem when Young Ju needs to get her green card renewed Their difficulty adjusting to American culture is briefly touched upon Young Ju has hardly any problems in school This is all brushed over to focus on the deterioration of her family The problem is that I don t fully understand why the family is deteriorating because it is never elaborated on I know that the father is a jerk, he can t speak English well and refuses to get help from his daughter who does He refuses to accept American culture, he refuses to allow his children to fit in with American culture, he refuses to adjust to life in a new country and wants to keep the notions of Korea with him that just don t fit in with his new life Keeping your culture isn t bad, but refusing the culture of the country you live in is another thing entirely The failure of this book to focus on anything but the problems of the father and the abuse that results from this makes it a three star book We learn nothing about Young Ju s friend Amanda or the problems that he brother goes through Her mother s job is barely touched upon, church is also rarely mentioned even thought they are supposed to be very religious.I know that s a lot of things to deal with, but other books about immigrants have handled them fairly well Although they are second generation immigrants in Kira Kira, we see their difficulty adjusting to American life and we deal with a variety of issues and that is just a middle grade book.The book jacket says that they have difficulty leaving behind their culture, they have trouble learning English, and that their insular life weighs them down I barely see any of that By choosing to make this revolve around abuse, rather than making it just one issue which would have made it a much better book we are subject to yet another novel with a one dimensional abusive father Young Ju is at best two dimensional Her mother is barely two dimensional, as well as her brother And everyone else is just a cardboard cut out The writing style barely saved it this book was very view spoiler good hide spoiler i didn t think i was going to like it because it started out in the voice of view spoiler a five year old, hide spoiler which was too view spoiler twee hide spoiler for me, but it thankfully changed as the female child character grows up to show the slow acclimitization and americanization of a korean family and the struggles and triumphs they undergo, while still holding on to their roots it is actually a very graceful and delica this book was very view spoiler good hide spoiler i didn t think i was going to like it because it started out in the voice of view spoiler a five year old, hide spoiler which was too view spoiler twee hide spoiler for me, but it thankfully changed as the female child character grows up to show the slow acclimitization and americanization of a korean family and the struggles and triumphs they undergo, while still holding on to their roots it is actually a very graceful and delicate story, but it does not shy away from certain view spoiler harsh realities hide spoiler i really loved this book, and while it is true i am only writing this review right now because view spoiler i am so enad with this new feature and want to test drive it, hide spoiler anyone interested in immigrant stories should read this children s book, even if they are view spoiler a grown up hide spoiler This was simultaneously excellent BUT hard to read It s written from a really personal perspective, from the eyes of Young Ju, from when she s just a little tiny kid to when she s ready for college YES That s a lot of space to cover in less than 200 pages BUT IT WORKS, PEOPLES, IT JUST WORKS But there s no speaking marks at the beginning which sent my brain into a small explosion AND it gets super sad and abusive towards the end and just made me ache It s basically about a Korean family m This was simultaneously excellent BUT hard to read It s written from a really personal perspective, from the eyes of Young Ju, from when she s just a little tiny kid to when she s ready for college YES That s a lot of space to cover in less than 200 pages BUT IT WORKS, PEOPLES, IT JUST WORKS But there s no speaking marks at the beginning which sent my brain into a small explosion AND it gets super sad and abusive towards the end and just made me ache It s basically about a Korean family migrating to America and adjusting And duuude, that must be so so hard I can t even imagine the strength it d take I drowned a bit at the beginning with the amount of Koren names It took me like 50 pages to realise uhmma meant mother and apa means father BUT MAYBE I AM JUST INEPT AT LANGUAGE.The writing is unique and seriously clever Like at the beginning it really FEELS like a preschooler is narrating But the writing matures as you read, along with Young Ju, and I just think that s clever But I really hate how the font is Papyrus Come on now That s just not right I felt so bad for Young Ju Her father is abusive AND so sexist, and all she can do is study and try and stay out of his way Her little brother hits her sometimes, too, and she s not even allowed proper friends She basically just studies and studies so hard, and it was just so interesting to see her perspective It felt like a really personal book, like I was RIGHT IN Young Ju s brain Not as creepy as it sounds, I swear I did get angry a lot, thoughgrrr Just from throwing this poor little kid into American culture and basically FORCING her to accept and love it She got slapped for crying when they curled her hair the American way or when she hated drinking coco cola but she had to anyway and how her dad just dismissed her so cruelly because she was just a girl OMG I FEEL MY RIGHTEOUS ANGER FLARING.I totally couldn t put this down Mostly because the ending was TERRIFYING ME But also because it just felt so unique and fresh and I just really cared about the character SO YEAH This was a delicious book of kimchi and angst and change I quite loved it Here continues my quest to read all Printz winner books This one wasn t as impressive as I expected it to be, but 4 stars nonetheless I ll explain.A Step from Heaven is story of a Korean family who come to the States to better their lives but fail at it because they bring with them their own personal troubles mostly in a form of an abusive good for nothing father and their traditional and foreign ideas of pride, honor, and submission A Step from Heaven is a gem of a book In terms of litera Here continues my quest to read all Printz winner books This one wasn t as impressive as I expected it to be, but 4 stars nonetheless I ll explain.A Step from Heaven is story of a Korean family who come to the States to better their lives but fail at it because they bring with them their own personal troubles mostly in a form of an abusive good for nothing father and their traditional and foreign ideas of pride, honor, and submission A Step from Heaven is a gem of a book In terms of literary quality, this slender volume is almost a perfection Told from a POV of Young Ju brought to America by her parents at the age of 4, this story is a progression of her voice from childhood to adulthood It changes as Young grows up, learns English, and finds a better understanding of the events happening around her The transition of Young s voice, the maturation of it is strikingly authentic While I enjoyed the quality of writing, the book was nothan a 3 star read for me until the very end The story, although compelling, did feel young It is properly shelved in a juvenile middle grade section of my library But then it made me fight back my tears while I was standing in line at a grocery story I was listening to the book on my iPod and I was obligated to add another star