After 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 of 4 all the way up until she is ready for college, as we watch her change from a hopeful girl into a hardened young adult.
- Feel free to grab your torches and pitchforks for my opinions, but remember they are just my opinions and I don't expect anyone to feel the same.
- Even though I am Korean, I have never been on the diverse books bandwagon. Honestly, I don't think it matters. If Katniss had been black, Indian, Asian, or of any other race, it would not have changed who she was or what she had to do. A lot of readers picture different looking characters in their head anyway. Why should it matter what race a character is? One of the joys of reading is that your imagination takes over and you create what the characters look like to you. I don't think the way to get rid of racism is to point it out and make race obvious. Personally, I wish people just didn't notice. I love being Korean, and I am very proud of the way I look and where I came from, but I don't always enjoy it when people blatantly point it out. Aren't we all different and unique?
- After reading this book, I understand why we need diverse books a little better. Yes, it was nice to read about a little Korean girl. I couldn't sympathize with everything, but I did love reading about the things I could relate to, like the impossible to deal with Korean hair. And yes, because this character was Korean, I felt for her a lot.
- But again, her situation and story could have happened to ANYONE! Any race of child could have moved to a strange country, had an abusive alcoholic father, and dealt with a lot of the things she had to deal with. This story is not exclusive to Koreans, but to many children.
- I liked the use of the Korean language and how things were phonetically spelled.
- I really felt for Young Ju. Her parents were confusing, and this is a beautiful story of how she finds herself.
- I loved the way the book was written. It was poetic and lovely, and I liked how it portrayed the struggles of immigrating to a new country.