[Reading] ➶ Butterfly Yellow Author Thanhha Lai – Diclofenac16.us

Butterfly YellowIn The Final Days Of The Vi T Nam War, H Ng Takes Her Little Brother, Linh, To The Airport, Determined To Find A Way To Safety In America In A Split Second, Linh Is Ripped From Her Arms And H Ng Is Left Behind In The War Torn CountrySix Years Later, H Ng Has Made The Brutal Journey From Vi T Nam And Is Now In Texas As A Refugee She Doesn T Know How She Will Find The Little Brother Who Was Taken From Her Until She Meets LeeRoy, A City Boy With Big Rodeo Dreams, Who Decides To Help HerH Ng Is Overjoyed When She Reunites With Linh But When She Realizes He Doesn T Remember Her, Their Family, Or Vi T Nam, Her Heart Is Crushed Though The Distance Between Them Feels Greater Than Ever, H Ng Has Come So Far That She Will Do Anything To Bridge The Gap

[Reading] ➶ Butterfly Yellow Author Thanhha Lai – Diclofenac16.us
  • ebook
  • 304 pages
  • Butterfly Yellow
  • Thanhha Lai
  • English
  • 25 September 2018
  • 0062229230

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  1. says:

    Check outreviews Perspective of a WriterThe BuzzI have wanted to branch out and read some of thelesser written about Asian cultures But I had to wait for them to appear in the book community I was really super excited to hear about Butterfly Yellow and it s Vietnamese immigrant story And I just loved the title and the cover It s not straightforward but with the way Butterfly Yellow reads I think its perfect It s all about language and expressing oneself when you are most d Check outreviews Perspective of a WriterThe BuzzI have wanted to branch out and read some of thelesser written about Asian cultures But I had to wait for them to appear in the book community I was really super excited to hear about Butterfly Yellow and it s Vietnamese immigrant story And I just loved the title and the cover It s not straightforward but with the way Butterfly Yellow reads I think its perfect It s all about language and expressing oneself when you are most desperate for your loved one to understand you It s quite symbolic and is a treasure for anyone s shelf The PremiseAs Butterfly Yellow is a historical novel set 6 years after the Vi t Nam War, I wasn t sure what to expect I worried that the writing would be heavy and the pace slow, trying to hearken to a time that is no longer I couldn t have beenoff base Because the first thing I want to rave about is the magnificent writing The pace is super swift in the beginning We get a sense of H ng s mission, meet LeeRoy and find Linh by 32% Yes, its setup was strong and heartfelt too The multiple POVs made the story pop I m not sure H ng or LeeRoy made for very sympathetic characters at first I really appreciated that This could have gotten really sickeningly sweet, but instead we come to love these two as we got to know them and they got to know each other And that s smart writing Plus the few extra limited POVs added a touch of depth to their part of Butterfly Yellow The use of language makes Butterfly Yellow special At first it was just really neat Vietnamese language references Then we get into some serious language exploration Rap and poetry comes to play As well as a little heard of occupation This is a stellar reason to read There is also the lovely relationship that develops between H ng and LeeRoy due to her brother H ng lost her brother through her own naivete about Americans After a harrowing trip as a refugee, she finally joins her uncle in Texas Her goal isn t to settle into a new life it s to find her little brother, Linh LeeRoy becomes instrumental in her being able to reconnect with the boy I also loved the vintage feel to Butterfly Yellow being set in the not so distant past This was heightened due to the Texas cowboy and ranch culture that twined through the story too H ng her family and LeeRoy s obsession with Clint Eastwood s The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly was super cute Look for those references We do get H ng s immigration story too It makes me heart sick for others who make this harrowing journey I can totally imagine how desperate and overwhelmingly hopeful you ve got to be to take those risks.My ExperienceAs you can see I love all the different threads that Thanhha Lai wove through Butterfly Yellow I am so, so, so glad that her story was my first Vietnamese experience It would make an excellent first experience for anyone who wants to learn a little about what Vietnamese people or immigrants to America go through Also anyone learning a language will find this a fascinating experience.While there is a lot to love in Butterfly Yellow I believe if the story wasn t centered on our focused H ng and certain LeeRoy it wouldn t have been such a powerful read for me What sets it apart from other immigrant reads is that for H ng a better life wasn t complete without the last member of her family And his happiness played into each one of her decisions LeeRoy being at her side while he worked to fix his truck taught him what was important Oh what a beautiful thing it wasButterfly Yellow isthan an immigrant story It sthan a historical novel set 6 years after the Vi t Nam War It sthan a story about friendship and family It s a story about culture, language and love too You should read this if you love compelling character driven stories Authenticity Writing Style Plot Pacing World BuildingA Cover Title grade Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review It has not influenced my opinions.______________________You can find this review and many others on my book blog Perspective of a Writer Read my special perspective under the typewriter on my reviews Please like this review if you enjoyed it bow bow It helps me out a ton


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    Richie s Picks BUTTERFLY YELLOW by Thanhh Lai, HarperCollins, September 2019, 304p., ISBN 978 0 06 222921 2 Up to 70 dead after boat capsizes trying to reach Europe from Libya headline from earlier this month I will remember youWill you remember me Sarah McLachlan 1995 In the final days of the war in April 1975, H ng thought she was so clever, devising a way to flee while her family strategized and worried Every day newspapers printed stories about Americans panicking to save hundred Richie s Picks BUTTERFLY YELLOW by Thanhh Lai, HarperCollins, September 2019, 304p., ISBN 978 0 06 222921 2 Up to 70 dead after boat capsizes trying to reach Europe from Libya headline from earlier this month I will remember youWill you remember me Sarah McLachlan 1995 In the final days of the war in April 1975, H ng thought she was so clever, devising a way to flee while her family strategized and worried Every day newspapers printed stories about Americans panicking to save hundreds of orphans There was even an official name, Operation Babylift She assumed she and her brother would go first, then somehow her family would join them in America But in line at the airport she was rejected, a twelve year old passing as eight Linh was five, three to foreign eyes, just young enough to be accepted as an orphan H ng saw little Linh thrashing as he was carried into a Pan Am.By the time her brother was ripped from her, nobody cared to hear why she lied With so many scrambling to flee before the victorious Communists marched in, onescreaming child was just that An American volunteer with puffy, sweaty hands must have felt sorry for her He pressed a card into her palm as he pushed her away from the ladder Sun rays radiated through each strand of his mango colored hair She had to stop an impulse to extinguish the fiery puff of gold threads on his head He was the last to board H ng screamed until the Pan Am blended into the sky and left a long loose curl cloud For hours, until dusk enveloped her and mosquitoes chased her home, she focused skyward and pleaded for forgiveness When she opened her palm, the card had disintegrated except for one clue 405 Mesquite Street, Amarillo, Texas.Returning home that day, she faced her grandmother with a confession sinking down her tongue Upon hearing the three words, Em m t r i, he is gone, B immediately puckered her lips as if biting a lemon and was helpless against the red rimming around her eyes After a long lumpy exhale, she concluded her grandson had been kidnapped.Only H ng, her mother, and B remained in the house after the war They were told her father had been killed shortly before the winning north rolled their tanks into the southern capital Her mother sank into bed and stayed But B , vowing they would not become a house of weeping women, wrote down the beginning of hundreds of steps needed to reclaim her grandson First, they must save money Next, they must write to her uncle in Dallas, telling him to go to the address H ng never corrected B s assumption During the day, as B clicked her nails and plotted, H ng could pretend innocence After all, B didn t ask, how did they get to the airport Were there other children Who thought he was an orphan Why didn t H ng scratch, bite, and scream to keep her brother beside her It was so easy to stay quiet as B provided herself with answers But while crickets sang and B snored beside her, the lie streaked through H ng s blood and deposited ashy guilt inside every crevice The gray guilt had grown heavy, refusing to pause its relentless infusion into her joints and marrow After all, it was her fault her brother was taken Six years later, in the summer of 1981, H ng makes it halfway around the world to Texas By now, her mother and grandmother B are dead There is just the uncle in Texas, who was unable to locate Linh at the address on that business card He expects eighteen year old H ng to behave like an obedient child But with all those years of guilt weighing on her, nothing is going to stop this young woman from completing the reunion of siblings for which she is so desperate Ignoring her uncle, H ng boards a Greyhound for Amarillo But she gets carsick and then fails to get back on board in time before the bus departs after a rest stop break.Out there in the middle of nowhere, fate brings H ng together with LeeRoy, a high school graduate and city boy from Austin whose desire is to become a cowboy rather than follow the college path his educated parents have advocated He s just left home in search of his dream This odd pair of eighteen year olds ends up traveling together in search of H ng s brother BUTTERFLY YELLOW is the sweet and incredibly comedic story of what happens after they catch up with Linh.After a while, you can imagine something happening between these eighteen year olds who come to rely upon one another on many levels But, in terms of boyfriend and girlfriend matters, both H ng and LeeRoy are totally clueless Their innocence coupled with their bantering and LeeRoy s adolescent thought processes make this such a fun read I would be comfortable sharing this one with the younger end of the YA crowd.The story takes place long ago, but the plight of wartime refugees is still in today s news Through H ng s story, readers get some intense views at what it s like to try to escape war at any cost, and how precious it is back then and, still, today to find a home in America.Richie Partington, MLISRichie s Picks


  3. says:

    That cover and that synopsisI can t even


  4. says:

    I recently read an ARC of this wonderful upcoming novel about a Vietnamese young woman arriving in the U.S several years after the Viet Nam War She is searching for her little brother who was in one of the last rescue airlifts of children A series of unusual circumstances finds her in the company of a wanna be cowboy headed to meet his rodeo idol This beautifully written redemption story brought me to tears In turn, Lai s exquisite writing also had me laughing aloud because she brings the I recently read an ARC of this wonderful upcoming novel about a Vietnamese young woman arriving in the U.S several years after the Viet Nam War She is searching for her little brother who was in one of the last rescue airlifts of children A series of unusual circumstances finds her in the company of a wanna be cowboy headed to meet his rodeo idol This beautifully written redemption story brought me to tears In turn, Lai s exquisite writing also had me laughing aloud because she brings these unique characters to life so vividly that I could both see them and hear their voices This is a YA novel that needs to be in every school library If I were still teaching YA Literature classes I d put it on my multi cultural recommended reading list


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    E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusH ng s brother, Linh, was taken in Operation Babylift in 1975, and H ng was left behind She has felt guilty ever since, and after six years, at the age of 18, has finally made it to the U.S She is to live with an uncle, but shortly after arriving, she has her cousin drive her to the bus stop so that she can go to an address in Amarillo, Texas to find her brother She misses getting back on the bus during a break Another traveler, LeeRoy, is at the gas station, E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusH ng s brother, Linh, was taken in Operation Babylift in 1975, and H ng was left behind She has felt guilty ever since, and after six years, at the age of 18, has finally made it to the U.S She is to live with an uncle, but shortly after arriving, she has her cousin drive her to the bus stop so that she can go to an address in Amarillo, Texas to find her brother She misses getting back on the bus during a break Another traveler, LeeRoy, is at the gas station, on his way to meet a famous rodeo rider, hoping to get work on the man s ranch His parents, both college professors, would rather he go to Yale, but he thinks the cowboy life is romantic This is something he shares with H ng, who loves the idea of horses in the US west An elderly couple give LeeRoy money for him to take H ng to the address she has, and he does so unwillingly When the two get there, the house is abandoned, but a neighbor lady takes H ng in and shows her a Christmas card from the woman who has adopted Linh LeeRoy is unsuccessful at meeting his idol, and ends up taking H ng to her brother Linh has no memory of her, and his mother is ready to call the police H ng s uncle arrives, and after an odd string of events, LeeRoy and H ng end up working at the horse ranch where Linh now David is taking riding lessons while the two earn enough money to fix LeeRoy s car Mr Morgan gives LeeRoy a chance to find out about real cowboy life, and H ng gets to have some interaction with her brother, and revels in growing fruit and vegetables H ng slowly improves her English language abilities, gets to know her brother a bit, and develops a gentle romance with LeeRoy while trying to establish a new life in the US Strengths I would love to seebooks about Vietnam refugees in the US I can t think of a single one but Paterson s 1988 Park s Quest Lai is very clever about the way she writes H ng s dialogue it has a Vietnamese flavor to the words, complete with diacritical markings I also enjoyed H ng diagramming sentences Her love of her brother, and her desire to reconnect with him is as understandable as his lack of desire to connect with her The scenes on the horse ranch are interesting, and the Texas landscape a good setting Weaknesses H ng s dialogue was difficult for me to decipher, and students might have evenproblems LeeRoy is a very odd and not very likable character What I really think While I need books on this topic, I am not sure that this is the title I need I have a friend whose aunt and uncle who were estranged from his side of the family for different reasons adopted a Vietnamese child around this time period and raised her on their Iowa farm That iswhat I was looking for While both LeeRoy and H ng are eighteen, this is definitely a middle grade book Perhaps if the story were told through Linh s eyes Just not sure about this one


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    A wonderful well written story of a Hang, a young Vietnamese refugee, that comes to Texas to find her little brother only to find he doesn t remember her The story is both tragic and funny think Holes by Louis Sachar as she meets a wanna be cowboy LeeRoy Ly Roi I love how the book includes some Vietnamese language and her struggle to pronounce English Wish there had beenperspective from David Linh her brother of what he thought This novel is definitely deserving of theNewbe A wonderful well written story of a Hang, a young Vietnamese refugee, that comes to Texas to find her little brother only to find he doesn t remember her The story is both tragic and funny think Holes by Louis Sachar as she meets a wanna be cowboy LeeRoy Ly Roi I love how the book includes some Vietnamese language and her struggle to pronounce English Wish there had beenperspective from David Linh her brother of what he thought This novel is definitely deserving of theNewberry Honor Winner and National Book Awards it has garnered Hang s journey to America is heartbreaking and her strength and determination inspiring


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    I absolutely loved Butterfly Yellow, by Thanhha Lai In some ways it reminded me of News of the World with its very moving depiction of the relationship that develops between two people from very different backgrounds and the beautiful descriptions of the lands they inhabit It is, at times, heartbreaking and, at times, very funny The two protagonists who generally tell their stories in alternating chapters are two 18 year olds, Hang, a Vietnamese refugee and LeeRoy an aspiring cowboy from I absolutely loved Butterfly Yellow, by Thanhha Lai In some ways it reminded me of News of the World with its very moving depiction of the relationship that develops between two people from very different backgrounds and the beautiful descriptions of the lands they inhabit It is, at times, heartbreaking and, at times, very funny The two protagonists who generally tell their stories in alternating chapters are two 18 year olds, Hang, a Vietnamese refugee and LeeRoy an aspiring cowboy from Austin who are on very different life journeys Hang s journey as a Vietnamese refugee in search of her brother, is harrowing and driven but unfolds in beautiful and lyrical language LeeRoy s journey as a wannabe cowboy is a lighter counterbalance Their interactions with each other are frequently hilarious and often powerful The third protagonist in the book is the land, specifically the very different landscapes of Vietnam and Texas and the characters relationship to it and the individuals who inhabit it This is a very important book about an aspect of the Vietnamese refugee experience that I knew nothing about In this day and age, a fuller understanding of what drives refugees to flee their countries of origin is very relevant


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    Wow I don t even know where to start The writing is beautiful and abundant The characters feel like your friends The plot is epic and sad and beautiful It was a fantastic read What an adventure.


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    It s 1981 and 18 year old H ng has just arrived in the United States, a refugee of the Vi t Nam War Her uncle is heartbroken at the deaths of H ng s parents and grandmother, and is determine to take his niece into his Texas home But H ng is equally determined to find the younger brother who was taken to the United States six years ago by a well meaning preacher, a separation for which she blames herself A chance meeting with LeeRoy, recent high school graduate and wannabe cowboy, sets a serie It s 1981 and 18 year old H ng has just arrived in the United States, a refugee of the Vi t Nam War Her uncle is heartbroken at the deaths of H ng s parents and grandmother, and is determine to take his niece into his Texas home But H ng is equally determined to find the younger brother who was taken to the United States six years ago by a well meaning preacher, a separation for which she blames herself A chance meeting with LeeRoy, recent high school graduate and wannabe cowboy, sets a series of events into motion that can stretch plausibility at times, but that ultimately leads to a rich and rewarding story H ng has repressed many of the horrific memories of the war, and the way that she oh so slowly gets to a point where she can start to heal is entirely believable Thanhh L i s note about her inspiration for H ng s story adds context to this quietly powerful novel.Thanks to Edelweiss for the digital ARC


  10. says:

    This summary alone breaks my heart.

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