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Wait for Me

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Wait for Me

WAIT FOR ME is the story of two sisters, Mina and Suna, who grow up in a Korean household with a demanding mother, a quiet father, and expectations that are nearly impossible to meet.

Mina, the older sister, is going into her senior year of high school. Rather than tell her mother the truth, she finds herself living a lie. All her life, Mina's mother wanted "only the best" for her and pushed her not to just get good grades, but to get "the best grades." Mina's mother believes that she should go to Harvard because that is "the best school." So Mina lets her mother believe things, like she is the president of the honor society, Mrs. Kim's son Jonathan is tutoring Mina in math, and Mina is going to SAT prep classes at the library. But things are far from what Mina tells her mother, and the more lies she creates, the harder she finds her life to live.

And then she meets Ysrael. Ysrael is hired to work in the dry cleaners owned by Mina and Suna's parents. Both girls work there during the summer, and find themselves drawn to the young Mexican's charm and gentle personality. But for Mina, Ysrael is a forbidden love she knows her mother would never accept.

Suna, the younger sister, is going into sixth grade and finds herself stuck between childhood and adulthood. She wears a hearing aid that she likes to take out so she can tune out the world. Suna feels a very special bond with her sister that sometimes is fueled by jealousy, especially when Ysrael comes into the picture.

WAIT FOR ME is the follow-up book to author An Na's A STEP FROM HEAVEN for which she was a National Book Award Finalist and Printz Award Winner. An Na's writing style is fueled by poetic language and emotion. The tie between these two sisters is powerful and compelling, and is told beautifully by using two alternating points of view that give the reader even more insight into the characters.

Reviewed by Kristi Olson on June 8, 2006

Wait for Me
by An Na

  • Publication Date: June 8, 2006
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
  • ISBN-10: 0399242759
  • ISBN-13: 9780399242755