Chasing China; A Daughter's Quest for Truth

Chasing China A Daughter s Quest for Truth Mia left China as a small child destined to be protected within the loving arms of an all American family She is grateful for her life but now that she is on the precipice of total independence she

  • Title: Chasing China; A Daughter's Quest for Truth
  • Author: Kay Bratt
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  • Page: 315
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Mia left China as a small child, destined to be protected within the loving arms of an all American family She is grateful for her life, but now that she is on the precipice of total independence, she feels she is missing something Determined to learn of her past, Mia hops a plane to the country of her birth As she follows the red thread back through her motherlandMia left China as a small child, destined to be protected within the loving arms of an all American family She is grateful for her life, but now that she is on the precipice of total independence, she feels she is missing something Determined to learn of her past, Mia hops a plane to the country of her birth As she follows the red thread back through her motherland, she is enad by the history and culture of her heritage, strengthening her resolve to find the truth of her beginnings, even as Chinese officials struggle to keep it buried With an unwavering spirit of determination, Mia battles the forces stacked against her and uncovers a truth that will change her life.

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    1. Rachel Cotterill

      I'm finding it hard to know how to rate this book. On the one hand, I liked the characters, and the story of one girl's struggle to find her Chinese birth family was both gripping and moving, right to the last page (not counting the epilogue). On the other hand, I didn't much care for the style, and there were points when I found the jarring POV shifts sufficiently annoying that I just had to put the book down: most of the time the story follows Mia's point of view, and sometimes Jax's, but then [...]

    2. Carey

      I wanted to like this book because a novel about an international adoptee searching for her birth-story and birth-family appeals to me. And I think there is a passionate audience for this type of story. However, the actual writing style and language kept pulling me out of the pages and often had me rolling my eyes.The author knows a lot about Chinese culture, adoption in general, Chinese adoption specifically, and Chinese orphanages. The problem is that she tried to cram so much information in t [...]

    3. Books

      This story wasn’t quite what I had expected, and Mia’s search for her birth parents took a huge backseat to Mia’s romance with Jax, and them shopping and spending time together. That did not appeal to me and I rapidly had to change my expectations for the rest of the story.However, where this novel excels is in capturing the culture, struggles, and immense poverty of China, as well as its government’s utter carelessness and disregard toward Chinese children, the elderly and the poor. The [...]

    4. Gina

      The plot of this book is interesting enough to keep your interest, and as someone who has lived for a long time in China, I am impressed with the accuracy of the cultural insights the author makes as a backdrop to the story. The writing, however, is fairly amateur, so much so that I almost had to stop reading. If you're looking for a quick read and a glimpse into Chinese culture, it's enjoyable. If you're looking for good quality literature, skip it.

    5. Kathleen

      What would you do if you had been adopted at a young age and suppressed the feeling of abandonment, only to realize that now as an adult, in order to move forward you need to know your past? Could you take the risk of possibly never finding out the truth of why you were placed in an orphanage and put up for adoption? How will your decision affect your relationship with your adopted family? If you do find out the truth, how will it affect and/or change your future? These are the questions that Mi [...]

    6. Nancy Peifer

      SPOILER ALERTAt first I thoufgt it was a great read as it delves into the difficult identity issues of adoptees, but the end was very disappointing. The author opts for the "happy ever after fantasy" ending where the adoptee finds she was desperately wanted by her birth parents, she is easily reunited with her birth father, and more good comes forth.While this is a plausible ending in China, I think it is not most adoptees' experience. A more realistic ending would have had her NOT finding her b [...]

    7. Helen Thompson

      Written for teens adopted from China, this book explores the identity feelings many adoptees, from China, deal with. The writing is not the best, but another good one for the shelf of adoptive parents.warning read it before you think of simpy giving it to your child. The "happy-ever after" ending may cause some unrealistic expectations in your child.

    8. Beverly

      Wonderful "coming home" story. The book kept my interest from start to finish. And the main character lives in WA.

    9. Barbara A. Urban

      Chasing ChinaBook was wonderful. Every time I see a Chinese child I wonder what there story is. Seems that even with babies money and greed rule the world.

    10. Jan Crossen

      Another amazing book about family, identity, adoption, love, and commitment. I always learn so much about the culture and history of China through Kay Bratt's books. Another excellent read!

    11. B Simmons

      You cannot imagine this is happening right now!!I wanted to give this book 5 stars - incredible story but it seemed, at times, garbled together. Following it was sometimes difficult. But I still loved the story.Good read overall. I would recommend to a large audience - young teen to adult!! Enjoy - you can't help but cry. Looking forward to more from this author!

    12. Dorothy

      One night while browsing the top free Kindle books on the site, I came across Chasing China: A Daughter's Quest for Truth by Kay Bratt. The brief description sounded interesting enough, so I "purchased" it. Because it was free, I had little expectation of it. If it was mildly enjoyable, I would be happy.This book did not disappoint me, and actually, it exceeded my expectations. I really did like it. It isn't a difficult read, so I was able to finish it in one day easily. However, being an easy [...]

    13. E.B. Loan

      I've read some criticism of the author's 'telling' vs. 'showing'. I typically do not rate books so much on such stylistic issues because I believe most readers don't identify that as a problem in books. That seems to me to be more of an author as reviewer issue. Sure, readers might notice some missing 'zing' in a storybut I've yet to come across a large group of readers (not professional reviewers) who would write that. I not only had the good fortune to read 'Chasing China", I also had the oppo [...]

    14. Elsie Love

      I've read some criticism of the author's 'telling' vs. 'showing'. I typically do not rate books so much on such stylistic issues because I believe most readers don't identify that as a problem in books. That seems to me to be more of an author as reviewer issue. Sure, readers might notice some missing 'zing' in a storybut I've yet to come across a large group of readers (not professional reviewers) who would write that. I not only had the good fortune to read 'Chasing China", I also had the oppo [...]

    15. Samantha March

      Mia is a young college student who sets off on a journey to find out more about her birth family – in China. She was told that she was left at a train station when she was just a baby, and lived in an orphanage until she was adopted by her American family. But the time has come for Mia to see China, the orphanage where she once lived, and try to find out more about the Chinese culture. Mia is shocked when she sees firsthand what the orphans go through – no love, strict schedules, and the bar [...]

    16. Sandie

      Mia has come to China to discover the truth about her birth family. She is one of the many Chinese girls who were adopted overseas. Although Mia had a wonderful childhood and a loving adoptive family, part of her cannot rest until she discovers more about who she is, where she came from, and why her birth family deserted her at the age of one in a train station, leaving her to spend several years in a state-run orphanage before being adopted at age four.When Mia visits the orphanage where she li [...]

    17. Mandy

      This was a free readon our new Kindle, and since it dealt with adoption, I was interested. This is a novel, but I am sure some of what is discussed it fact. The Chinese daughter of a middle class American family wants to visit her roots. It is not the story of waitng for years to finally get to go to China. I thought it was very insightful to learn of her feelings of inadequacy. The character hated being different. She begged her dad to let her have surgery to make her eyes wider. She dyed her h [...]

    18. Lisa

      I was completely blown away by this story. I expected it to be much more fictional, but the extent of actual knowledge Kay has on this subject is remarkable. I couldn't believe the way the Chinese orphans were treated, and it broke my heart reading Mia's story. You could definitely tell this was a personal subject to Kay and she spent a lot of time writing this well-thought-out novel.Mia is a very creative character. Torn between her American upbringing and Chinese heritage, she found herself co [...]

    19. Dawn

      Two words: cultural appropriation. And beta readers are not editors. I'm sorry, but if you want to be taken seriously as an author, you must edit or be edited. You cannot change POV from first to third person in italicized internal dialogue. Pick a convention and stick to it. A prologue is an out-of-sequence setup to the main body of a story; its only purpose is to be a strong hook when the beginning to your story is weak. (Solution? Fix the beginning to the story, and the prologue is unnecessar [...]

    20. Jamie

      Chasing China is about a young woman who was adopted from China as a young girl. She doesn't remember a lot about her situation there, but as she grows up, she feels that there is something missing in her life. So, what's a girl to do? Go to China and find out the beginning of your story, of course.When Mia gets to China, she visits the orphanage where she spent some of her time, but things just don't seem to fit with her very limited memories. After the first visit to the orphanage, her transla [...]

    21. Jen

      I was interested in reading this book because I lived in Asia for five years, more than four of those years alongside Singaporeans of Chinese descent.This book is about a young woman who travels to China to learn more about her heritage. The main character was an orphan who had been adopted by Americans. She decided to spend the summer in China to see if she could find out more about her birth parents and learn more about the country in which she was born.As she learns, one does not simple waltz [...]

    22. Rachel

      I really thought this was an engaging story about a young Chinese woman's search through China to find her birth parents. Even though Mia had a loving adoptive American family who encouraged her to embrace her heritage, she always felt different and thought she had been abandoned as a baby. As she searches through orphanages in China and gets embroiled in bureaucracy there, she befriends Jax who assists her on her search. Eventually finding out the truth she is at peace knowing she was loved. An [...]

    23. Jingau

      As a Chinese immigrate, I thought I could somehow relate to the story. However, I was more disappointed than I could describe. First even myself with an ESL background felt cheated by the poorly and carelessly written language. Second, it might be entertaining for someone who had never been to China or someone who went to China a long time ago and thinks things will never change as time goes on. Third, i feel Mia never really appreciated her culture roots. She presented herself as an outsider lo [...]

    24. Rebecca

      I really enjoyed this book. As a woman who has entertained the possiblity of one day adopting a child my heart went out to the children in this book. To see how they are not given any love, not because the nannies don't want to, but for fear of punishment. I found it odd that the author pointed out that there are a lot of babies being born in China with birth defects but never really addressed why that may be happening. I actually recommended this book to my best friend. I told her that it was a [...]

    25. Joy

      This story draws you in feeling the emotions with Mia on her journey to find out the truth of her ending up in an orphanage , was it because she was unwanted or was medical sacrifice on her mother's part to get medical care for Mia the only way she could or was it much deeper than that , China's laws , corruption , this book will pull at your heart strings , very moving , sad but also very inspiring , nobody in that loving family ever gave up , Mia did get adopted by loving couple that gave her [...]

    26. Jessica H

      I finished the book for the same reason I started it: the story intrigued me. However the author's writing made it a more difficult read than it should have been. The writing felt juvenile to me, with bland, very basic descriptions of everything rather than painting a picture with words. The dialogue between Mia and Jax, a young man she befriends while in China, feels very unnatural, as though the author is trying too hard to create a flirty conversation between two twenty-something's. while I f [...]

    27. Alison

      (kindle) - In this novel Mia, a young woman who was adopted from china when she was a young child goes back there on a break from college to try and find the piece of herself that she always felt was missing. Having been told that she was abandoned she want to find out the truth and try and find her birth parents as well. The storyline has a bit of a mystery, and love story to it, as well as a group of interesting characters The Author, who wrote: "Silent Tears: A Journey Of Hope In A Chinese Or [...]

    28. Auriella

      This was an interesting book. It actually got more intriguing as the book went by. I was interested in it because eventually I will be adopting a child, and this was a peek at something that hopefully my future child will never go through. The writing style really was not all that great, and the conversations were not actually written as how it would be spoken, so I just kept reading to get the story finished.I liked the ending. It really brought together what the author was trying to get across [...]

    29. Terri

      This touching story about a girl adopted from China as a young child and raised in America had a lot of interesting cultural details and had enough interest to pull through. However there were some ar eas of the book that felt lagging. The second half of the book seemed more interesting than the first half, so if you can make it through the first hundred pages, the last hundred are worth it. The main character was hard to get a hold of her age and maturity level, at times seeming to be a high sc [...]

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