Top positive review
Sparse But Rich
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2019
I love Linda Sue Park’s writing because she always take an event or time period when something horrible or something different from today’s culture occurs and makes it a great story. I gave this one four stars because I did not feel as if it was as fleshed out as some of her other works, but I admit that I would find that hard to do when I am just focused on a girl who must learn to be content within the same courtyard everyday of her life until she is married. I guess I just wished that there was a bigger change due to the main character’s actions. However, as she finally learns contentment, I am content too with the ending that provides such a satisfying metaphor as she see-saws with her sibling. For a moment she sees past her barrier and is able to tell a tale about what she saw that gives her contentment.