Year 12, Book 16

16. The Leavers by Lisa Ko

When Deming is 11 years old his mother an undocumented immigrant from China disappears without a trace. Eventually Deming, renamed Daniel, is adopted by two white parents and taken away from New York City to a small college town. Now as a college aged student he begins to explore his past and struggles to reconcile the life he once had with the one he lives in now.

I really, really enjoyed this book. It’s a really great look at family, identity, and immigration. I give it an 8 out of 10.

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