Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

May 15, 2012

It was engaging, interesting, and thought-provoking. I approached it with an open-mind and read it for what it was...a memoir NOT a parenting book. And so because of that I loved it.

Human nature, personality differences, just people in general fascinate me (yes, I'm the one at the airport who is content to sit for two hours and people watch), so this book was everything I wanted.

I do have one criticism: I read a review that said this book was written 10 years too soon, and I completely agree. My impression was that this book was supposed to show the mother/daughter journey through rebellion and reconciliation. It does that, but her younger daughter (the one who rebelled) is still a young teenager. This book was written during the 18 months following their initial compromise. 18 months doesn't really tell us what will happen in the long run. There's still so much of this story that needs to be lived out. Maybe she wants to write a sequel, so she had to hurry and get this published before they lived any more of their lives. I don't know. But I do agree that it would have been nice to have Lulu and Sophia grown up so that it would have felt more like an ending.

Highly recommend though! I was so sad when it was over!

I wrote this review before creating this blog.

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