Intresting and Thought Provoking

The book “China Boy” is written in the first person and is a fictional, descriptive autobiography in which the author takes on the role of a Chinese boy, Kai Ting, growing up in the streets of California amidst violence and racism. “China Boy” begins with Kai being beaten up by a bully, which is a regular occurrence in Kai’s life. After his stepmother moves in, Kai’s life takes a turn for the worse as he is forced outside every day and not allowed back in until dinner time. Kai then is forced to grow up and fight back, and begins a journey where he learns how to fight and be more confident from people like Tio Hector, a auto mechanic that fought in the Korean War, and Tony Baraza, a once famous champion boxer that now coaches boxing to children in the YMCA. The story ends with Kai “China Boy” Ting, mustering all of his training and courage to fight the biggest bully on the streets, Big Wille Mack.
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Best Book Ever?

“China Boy” is easily one of the best books that I have ever read. The genre is autobiographical fiction, which gives the book a personal touch, and making the book feel like an actual retelling as the narrator tells the story as if it is a personal memory. I actually thought that the book was nonfiction for a long time until my sister said that the story was literally unbelievable, and when I checked behind the cover, it was indeed fiction. This style of writing helps the book feel more real, and stories that use this style, such as “The Woman Warrior” tend to tell a more gripping tale. The plot of the story is also excellent; branching off into many mini-stories that help enhance the plot as well as developing the many characters Each character has a deep and rich history behind them which gives me the feeling that I really know them personally.

However, one part that I did not like about the book was that Gus Lee tried to introduce so many characters that the book tended to skip around. After a section on Mr. Punsalong the story would move to Mr. Lewis and so on. There are so many different characters that if a reader doesn't pay attention, he or she would probably have to read the book again to understand all of the characters. But again, the multitude of characters also give the book variety and makes it fun to read at the same time.


Gus Lee, born August 8, 1946 in San Francisco is a worker at a non-profit organization and has written several books, all of which focus on courage. He is also a nationally recognized expert on ethics and courage and gives speeches nationwide. Two of his books, Chasing Hepburn and China Boy were bestsellers and won many awards including the Golden Quill award and several Best Novel awards.
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