SST: Outrun the Moon Review + Giveaway!

Title: Outrun the Moon
Author: Stacey Lee
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Historical Fiction
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 24th, 2016
Pages: Kindle, 400
My Rating: 4 Stars

San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.

On April 18, an historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Mercy can't sit by while they wait for the Army to bring help. Fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, yet Mercy still has the 'bossy' cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenaged girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?

  I was given an ARC by the publisher through Netgalley in 
exchange for an honest review as part of the Sunday Street Team. 

  Outrun the Moon is the type of book that should be assigned as book reports in high school. I have to admit that I usually hate reading books about tragedy, but I also have to admit that this one surpassed my usual expectations. Stacey Lee is a master with words and diversity, and I’m so glad to finally have read a novel written by her!

  I’d like to think of Mercy Wong as someone who is called hard-headed in the Chinese community. Where westerners value independence, most Asians value interdependence. It was very nice for me to have read things about Chinese superstitions because while I am Chinese and my parents grew up there, I was born in another place. Although I understand that Mercy’s parents are from Hong Kong, rather than Mainland China.

  I didn’t expect this book to touch my heart so much. The emotions I felt after the disaster took place felt raw and very much real. Stacey Lee paints a vivid picture with her words, but she also has the ability to make readers feel the emotions of the character, as if I were the character for a while. I really felt Mercy’s grief and unwavering hope as I read, especially near the end.

  Outrun the Moon is an amazing novel about a headstrong, resourceful, practical and compassionate Chinese girl in the time when there were a lot of prejudices about Chinese people. What I admire about Mercy is how she didn’t hate the people because of how they treated her, and in the times of disaster, she didn’t hesitate those in need, even if they were the Whites who once mocked her.

  This novel left me in awe and admiration because it was not what I expected. I thought this would be a light read, but no, no, and another no. Even now that it has been a few hours after I read this, I still carry the emotions I had when reading the book with me. Outrun the Moon is a novel that I believe everyone should read not only because of the wonderful writing, but also because of all the great insights that it has to offer. I just know that I will have a book hangover over this! 

:O stars

About the Author:

Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Californian with roots in San Francisco Chinatown. Born in Southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. She has lots of experience with earthquakes, having skinned her knees more times than she wants to remember diving under tables. One day she hopes to own a hypoallergenic horse and live by the sea. See what she's up to on Twitter & Instagram: @staceyleeauthor.

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