Stacey Lee has quickly become one of my favorite historical fiction writers. This one is set on the Titanic and focuses on twins Jamie and Valora, who are Chinese acrobats. It also highlights the discrimination against Chinese people that was prevalent at that time.
I‘ve been obsessed with Titanic since 1997 — thank you Leonardo DiCaprio — and have wanted to read this since I got it with a handmade book sleeve last year — thank you Stacey Lee.
I enjoyed the historical aspects (Ringling Bros, the inspiration of real-life Chinese Titanic survivors), but the last 1/4 felt like a movie ripoff and the simile/metaphor every paragraph REALLY annoyed me.
Very well written historic fiction about the Titanic and Chinese discrimination. You got so into the story, you could‘ve forgot it was the doomed Titanic. Really felt the down trodding feelings everyone gave them. Also felt the pull of growing up so close to a sibling, and as you age up you grow apart. Life happens.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Another fantastic book by Stacey Lee! She‘s becoming one of my favorite historical fiction writers! This one highlighted the discrimination against the Chinese passengers of the Titanic. Yet another example of why I cannot think of the Titanic as a glamorous ship. I see more disgusting flaws than I do beauty. Definitely recommend this one. Thank you #sundaybuddyread and @TheBookHippie for a great discussion!!
Although I dabble in YA fantasy & contemporary, I think YA historical fiction is my sweet spot. Stacey Lee writes such strong characters & her books give me a different perspective on history. We know what happened to the Titanic & the last quarter of the book was intense, but the entire story was a pleasure to read. It had me thinking & Googling-always a good sign in a historical novel. This will likely end up on my 2022 favorites list. Thanks ⬇️
🚢💔🌊 I thank you for journeying along with me once again. I have put the authors OUT RUN THE MOON on our schedule next year.
This last part was so fast and so many pieces… what stuck out to you?
Ugh the life boats
Jamie survives 😩
The authors note
“Provoke a discussion about which of these characters society considers worthy and which it does not ..”
This was not the ending I wanted but is it more tragic to us readers this way? Make us think more?
Charlotte -Valora doesn‘t stay with her either!!!
Jamie kisses her…
She wants the twins ….
Jamie‘s letter to Charlotte at the end… 😭😭😭
The twins are SAFE!!
So so emotional…
Welcome to the Ringling Brothers Circus
Was a hit
Get the life jackets
Valora doesn‘t stay with April!
April coming out
Telling Valora about it
“The sooner you let people who they want to be the better for all.”
It‘s a beautiful story. April‘s. Helpful in a YA book?
Also we‘re you yelling at Valora?! STAY WITH APRIL!!
I had to wait for a library copy, so was very late to start this month‘s #SundayBuddyRead… but then when I did I absolutely couldn‘t stop until it was done. My first by Stacey Lee, and I just loved her writing, the characters, and the lovely story. Even knowing how the story would end (generally), I still found it to be fresh and fun to read.
As with most stories about the Titanic, this one was full of tension and anticipation knowing the events to come. However, Lee manages to create a story within this broader tale that gives you moments where you almost forgot what was about to happen with such an interesting perspective and vivid characters. Worth a read for a new look at a familiar tale. Also: the last 1/4 of the book is impossible to put down. #sundaybuddyread
Time to finish this! 🚢🧧🌊⚓️
Fong is why Bos brother is dead
Why a new steward?
What is up with that?
Good grief the newspaper !
Telling of her covers demise..
What‘s up with the dress switch?
Oy vey Skeleton what a snake.
What is Valora‘s option going to be?
The ship still hasn‘t sunk…
Any clues to how this ends?
So many loose ends..
The act the performance …
Can you believe some one threw a peanut?!
Wink and Olly
Seriously I love these two
Anyone else hoping they make it to America?
Valoras memory of the shawl her mom had from her Ba. She can‘t decide which bothers her more that the shawl I thought mom loved embarrassed her or that Jamie understood her and I had not…
Do we see what we what to see?
Is memory accurate or is it clouded?
Valoras dreams …
Are the telling her something?
“Why are we always called upon to show greater generosity of spirit..”
Does rising above, going high help?
My grandma would tell me don‘t prove them right…
What are your thoughts?
Valora is clearly frustrated does that help to demand change?
Both unexpected things are happening to Valora.
The name explaination of House of July. Aunt July.
“ I design my clothes to be fluid and easy to move in so that when life takes unexpected turns you won‘t get stuck” April.
A theme is being woven through this book yes?
But is it go with the flow ? Or be open to what can happen ? Or ????
It take patience and sometimes they break. Not every shell wants to be changed.
Metaphor for Valora and Jamie?
A little info I found while researching...
Charlotte Fine. A new conspirator and friend.
Purple Bowler Hat circus man..
She‘s got her wish!
So. She has her show.
I‘m really starting to love this book!
Did I miss anything?
April‘s creations I love how Valora gives them identities! The descriptions as well.
Peacock chides it‘s moment to fan it‘s tail!
April and the dress and dressmaker at the captains table a set up?
Valora‘s gaul at the capitals table!
Asking for candied fruit for the Chinese.
Acting as a difficult hard to please rich woman, will get what she needs done.
Is it easier to adjust to being rich than to being poor?
Jamie and Valora talk about their Ba.
Jamie telling Valora that one has to lower their standards to be happy. Really?
Jamie agreeing to help with her performance. We‘re you surprised?
So is Valora like Ba? What is the appropriate risk to take? Is there truly calculated risk in this situation ?
Jamie holding a grudge or just seeing things as a realest?
Valora‘s tour given by Drummer.
It‘s not what she thought.
Also she can see Jamie‘s comfort.
All dreams are not the same.
Can this be okay for Jamie?
Interesting that again it is mentioned the Captain wanting to be in New York a day earlier.
Bo in lifeboat with Valora overhearing men talk about boat going fast and needing to go faster..
Helping us with why the sinking happens.
When I first heard this I was like of course an arrogant man and of course money is involved…
What do you think of Bo?
He gambled to tie the bet?!
April telling Valora to overlook the beef she has with her brother Jamie before it‘s to late…Foreshadowing ? Something April has experienced or both?
The best way to counter bad luck is to make some luck of your own.
Somethings always going to happen..
Who goes further?
Those who accept their lot in life or those who refuse?
The level of prejudice with the bread. Wow. And yet. Still happens today.
Valora‘s nerve to ask for bread in the first place, will this serve her well in life?
See you SUNDAY for Chapters 11-20!
I so enjoyed this. I don‘t want to say too much as #SundayBuddyRead is still reading it. I had to finish as it needed to be returned to the library. But if you are reading it- enjoy. It‘s a wonderful story.
I usually wouldn‘t read about THE TITANIC on purpose but this is such an interesting angle I am fascinated.
YA is a fun genre when it makes the reader think and learn new history.
Did I miss anything? This was a bit of laying it all out. Now we begin into the meat of the story I think.
I am enjoying it quite a bit! My research was busy this week!
Well the stage is set we‘ve got our people and here we go! I‘m reading and then go OH this is sinking soon! Anyone lose the fact that this sinks SOON?!
Menus from THE Titanic :
April Hart haute couture
I‘m liking this twist, she seems a good conspirator for Valora to team with!
Fashion was A THING. Which I didn‘t think about either. Is there still this level in society ?
Valoras dreams seem intense!
Chinese afterlife is done thing I‘ve been looking up this week now! Anyone know it well?
Dreamer BUT an alcoholic it seems.
Is Valora like her father, but still young? Hope yet.
Anyone else find it interesting the mom was British!?
Doesn‘t have the same fondness for his Ba or a desire to be an acrobat ..
Loved his mum so very much ..
Two children same house different childhood experiences and feelings. This is not unusual. But/
Did you read him as perturbed with his sister? Not happy to see her?
Is he just a realist?
Gumption in massive amounts!
On the boat. Phew. We‘re you aware of the Chinese Act ?
It impressed on me that even though it came up in THE DOWNSTAIRS GIRL we read together, it still gave me pause… Thoughts?
#sundaybuddyread see you SUNDAY for chapters 1-10