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What the community says about Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
- "This is a fantastic book about love and family that everyone needs to read at some point or another. It really focuses on the struggles that the Japanese faced and really humanizes their plight in a way you won't get from history books or articles. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. You won't be disappointed."
- "What's most appealing about this book about the experience of Asian Americans during WWII is the fact that one gets a deeper understanding of historical events, but also grows to understand contemporary issues. The past shades the present. While a book for adults, the main characters are 12 years-old, and it is refreshing to read about young people with sympathy and depth. "
- "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is not bad by any means, but it's a typical blast-to-the-past type plot where the main character goes back to the 1940's to live life during the war. It's interesting, and it definitely had its good spots, but there were a few boring stretches. It's worth a read, if nothing else, but I certainly wouldn't rush out to get it.""I don't know if it was recommended by NBC's Today Show but it was a good book and hard to put down. I learned about this book from an article somewhere else and it is probably recommended by lots of outlets. If you like good historical fiction, it's a really good book to read.""One of the few people that didn't care for this book at all. I found it to be rather boring. I didn't like the writing style. I didn't like the main character. Give it a read though and find out for yourself as most people love the dang thing, I don't understand how but they do.""This is a captivating book recommended by the Today Show. The interactions and tragedy between the two main characters is a really compelling story. You won't set this one down. "
- "I don't think you could ever find a more touching, impactful, and heartwrenching book mostly set in a hotel. Jamie Ford's writing brings you straight back to the 1940s as Henry remembers his past love and the tragedies of the internment camps during that time. This book gives the reader a clear perspective of young and old Henry's thought processes and emotions. "
- "A story of immigrants meeting in times of loneliness and bonding over their cultural differences of their youth. A young American boy named John meets a Japanese girl named, Keiko, and together they bond over the course of their stay at an internment camp during WWII. The story is bitter sweet and sometimes downtrodden, but ultimately endearing with the friendship that these two strangers share in times of trouble."
- "My brother came to me asking about books set in the 1940's but I did not know any. We decided to go to the store and after shopping around decided to buy Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. The store owner told us that this was a really moving story. After reading it my brother told me the clerk was right."
- "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is a book by Jamie Ford. It is available from Amazon for $11.84 for a paperback. It is the story of a Chinese American boy named Henry and how he met Keiko who later ends up being sent to an internment camp. This has been a great seller on Amazon and has outstanding reviews. It is story that covers a sad time in American history. I hope people read the story and it helps prevent anything like it from happening again."
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