Top positive review
Told in the form of verse, Há’s story is poignant and full of emotion. Loved it!
Reviewed in India on 7 March 2019
when they know they have escaped hunger.
Shouldn't people share
because there is hunger?”
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai is a beautiful little book.
Told in the form of verse, it’s the story of a Vietnamese family from the POV of 10 year old Há, fleeing South Vietnam before the fall of Saigon during the 1975 Vietnam War.
Leaving all her childhood behind, they travel to US as refugees and start over in Alabama when a family sponsors them but face racism and bullying. It was heartbreaking to read Há’s longing for her Saigon that she loved for the sweet papayas and for her father’s return.
Poignant and full of emotion, Lai has written it from the heart putting her own childhood experience as her family left Saigon and used it to tell her story from a child’s perspective.
I loved reading Há’s journey, her struggles trying to fit in but never giving up her spirit and with her, the story of a thousand other people who left their land.
I give this one 4/5 and highly recommend it.