Outside Beauty by Cynthia Kadohata

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Rating: 3/5 stars.

I really loved Kadohata’s Kira-Kira, but this book as well as Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam did not amaze me. I can see her writing talent through her development of Shelby and the bond between her sisters, but the setting and plot could have been improved. I do not understand the reasoning behind the 1980’s setting when the story did not revolve around historical context; I would have liked to seen the story take place in contemporary society, with e-mail and other electronic devices coming into play.

Still, I will continue to read Kadohata’s future novels. This was good in terms of characterization, but plot progression needed some work.

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