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Wait for Me Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Na, An

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ISBN: 0142409189     ISBN-13: 9780142409183
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
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Binding Type: Paperback - SEE THIS TITLE IN OTHER FORMATS
Published: September 2007
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Annotation: Caught in the threads of secrets and lies, struggling for love, and discovering a voice of her own, Mina finds herself torn between living her mother's dreams and living a life that's true in this tale from a National Book Award finalist and Printz Award winner.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Self-actualization (Psychology); Fiction.
Mothers and daughters; Fiction.
Sisters; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2007019137
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.25" W x 0.50" (0.44 lbs) 169 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 106290
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 5.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Mina is the perfect daughter. Bound for Harvard, shes Honor Society president and a straight-A student, even as she works at her familys dry-cleaning store and helps care for her hearingimpaired little sister. On the outside, Mina does everything right. On the inside, Mina knows the truth. Her life is a lie. Then, the summer before her senior year, Mina meets someone to whom she cannot lie. Ysrael, a young migrant worker who dreams of becoming a musician, comes to work for her family, and asks Mina the one question that scares her the most. What does she want?

Contributor Bio(s): IV>An Na was born in Korea and grew up in San Diego, California. A former middle school English and history teacher, she is currently at work on her third novel. She lives in Vermont.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall)
Academic pressure from her Korean American immigrant mother has led narrator Mina to concoct a string of lies; she also must hide her love for migrant worker Ysrael. Lyrically written alternating chapters follow her younger sister Suna, who lives in Mina's shadow. Fluidly tying everything together is the novel's focus on the act of waiting, with all its inherent anticipation. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2006 #4)
Again writing about a Korean-American immigrant family, the author of the Printz Medal-winning A Step from Heaven (rev. 7/01) explores the dynamics of familial and romantic love. Academic pressure from her mother has led narrator Mina to concoct a string of lies: funneling money from her parents' dry cleaning business, Mina plans to get an apartment, pretend she's at Harvard, and work to pay back the money. Lyrically written alternating chapters follow Suna, who lives in sister Mina's shadow. Suna is painfully aware that Uhmma, who expects much of Mina, expects little from her younger daughter. Relationships are realistically complex: sisterly devotion is tinged with guilt and jealousy; Uhmma's love for her daughters is buried beneath bitterness. Fluidly tying everything together is the novel's focus on the act of waiting, with all its inherent anticipation: Uhmma is waiting for her lifetime of sacrifice to pay off, while Mina awaits an escape from her mother. Most important, Mina chooses to wait and fix things at home for Suna before joining new love Ysrael, bound for music school in San Francisco. Readers who have been looking forward to An Na's second book will find it worth the wait. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2006 June #3)

The summer before her senior year, Mina's web of lies begins to unravel. She has led her mother to believe that she is president of the honor society and headed for Harvard, yet she can barely maintain her average grades. Fellow Korean-American classmate Jonathon Kim, her mother's idea of perfection, has been helping Mina in her deception. After a single sexual encounter with Jonathon, Mina realizes she is paying a high price for her charade. When Mexican teen Ysrael comes to work at their dry-cleaning store, Mina immediately feels drawn to him. Finally Mina has found someone with whom she can be completely honest. Ysrael encourages Mina to leave El Cajon and all of her mother's expectations to start a new life with him in San Francisco. When Mina's mother fires Ysrael for something Mina has done, she must choose between her own desires and the responsibility she feels to her family. The drama unfolds in chapters that alternate between the points of view of Mina and her hearing-impaired younger sister, Suna. Mina's first-person voice convincingly describes the impact of the secrets she guards, while the use of a third-person perspective in Suna's chapters underscores the distance their mother keeps from her handicapped daughter. Several secondary themes detract from the main thread of Mina's story, yet Na (A Step from Heaven ) delivers a powerful novel about the pressures of parental expectations and how secrets can tear a family apart. Ages 12-up. (June)

[Page 64]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2007 August #4)
"Na delivers a powerful novel about the pressures of parental expectations and how secrets can tear a family apart," said PW of this story centered on a Korean-American girl. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2006 July)

Gr 8 Up -The pack of lies about her academic achievement that Mina has told to satisfy her mother's high expectations (she has her heart set on her daughter going to Harvard) is unraveling as her senior year approaches. Jonathon Kim, a Stanford-bound teen and the son of her mother's best friend, has helped with the deception by forging Mina's report cards and backing up her many fictions. He asks too much of her, though, while Ysrael, the attractive new employee in the family cleaning business, encourages her to follow her own dreams-and him-to San Francisco. The tension in this Korean-American family is as uncomfortable as the heat and Santa Ana winds of the southern California setting. Mina's mother's bitterness over her lot in life and her neglect of Mina's hearing-impaired younger sister, Suna, have left the teen responsible. The story is told in two voices: first-person past tense for Mina and a distancing third-person present for Suna, just entering middle school and just beginning to find her own voice. The book is carefully crafted and beautifully written; even the punctuation emphasizes the fact that this is the younger generation's story. The adults speak without quotation marks. Na plays with her readers, suggesting in the prologue that the resolution of this story will come with a car crash, but instead makes Mina's decision about her future a logical outcome of her emotional growth. Accessible and wonderfully discussable, this story of family secrets and family love is a worthy successor to Na's A Step from Heaven (Front St, 2001).-Kathleen Isaacs, Towson University, MD

[Page 109]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
 
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