YA Fiction – Broken China by Lori Aurelia Williams

Simon and Schuster Copyright Date: 2005
ISBN: 978-1-4169-1618-5
Format (Check all that apply): Fiction, Paperback
Rating (check one): Excellent What grade(s) is this book appropriate for: 10 – 12
China Cup Cameron got pregnant at a very young age but is trying her best to be a good mother to Amina. One day when Amina gets sick, the doctors but her on medication that irritates her heart, making the beat irregular and slower while China is at school having left Amina with a babysitter. Amina ends up dying, an unknown heart condition revealed after her end. China wants the best for her child and spends herself into debt for Amina’s funeral, which she can’t even bring herself to go to. China has to get the money paid of by a certain date and the only place she can find work that will pay enough is a strip club, Obsidian Queens. Driving down the road to destruction, how can China escape once she’s gotten in so far? Broken China was a great story. It showed how far someone is willing to go for one that they love, even after that person is gone… far enough that their choices are self-destructive. A realistic portrayal of the love a mother has for her child, even after the child has died.
Reviewer: Ashley
Library / City: Haverhill
Date of Review: May 10, 2007

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