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“The Downstairs Girl” by Stacey Lee. Reviewed by Solano County Teen, Sammi B.

"The Downstairs Girl" by Stacey Lee. Reviewed by Solano County Library teen, Sammi B!

Book: The Downstairs Girl

Author: Stacey Lee

Reviewer: Sammi B., 9th Grade

Jo Kuan’s life isn’t the easiest living in Atlanta in the 1890s. Being Chinese, she and Old Gin, her guardian, go through the struggles of living in a society that refuses to see anything but black and white. This view that most had, prevented Jo from doing what she loved most in the world, but couldn’t with this stereotype floating around her like a bad cold. She wanted desperately to call out this prejudice along with the many other issues in the society in which she lived, but couldn’t because of how others would have dismissed them when coming from her. Jo then, in order to help the success of a local newspaper, anonymously wrote under the pseudonym, Miss Sweetie, to hopefully make others see the fog in the air around them.

I think Stacey Lee did a great job of giving the perspective of someone that was Chinese which isn’t typically portrayed of in today’s world. It was both incredibly unique and eye-opening to read about. Teens will likely enjoy this novel with how it expresses the underlying issues of the world that do indeed sometimes exist today.

4/5 Stars

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