The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee
The author of The Girl with Seven Names grew up in North Korea and defected just before she turned 18. She believed all the propaganda about the state of the rest of the world and how wonderful North Korea was. As is typical of defectors, it was a hard adjustment for her to realize the truth and then embrace the outside world. She was very naïve and ended up in some precarious situations, some of her own making, some because she didn’t realize what was happening. The writing style is extremely engaging and honest and I found myself wanting to read just a little more to find out what happened to her and her family. I was a little disappointed there was no more to read when I got to the end. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in North Korea. It’s one of the best defector stories I have ever read.
5 (out of 5) Stars
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