Why did I love this book?
Malinda Lo writes so well—and it seems she is able to do so in every genre. The characters, the dialogue, the vivid setting, and the rich sensory details (and the food! You will need snacks—really, it should come with a warning sticker) make this historical novel an utterly immersive reading experience. I was sad to come to the end--though I very much appreciated the historical background notes that I found there: this book is meticulously researched.
Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the Red Scare of the 1950s, it brings to life lesbian history and Chinese American history through the story of seventeen-year-old Lily Hu and her friends. I couldn’t put it down.