The Friday 56 – Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted over at Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple and go something like this.

Friday 561.  Grab a book, any book.
2.  Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
3.  Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it)
4.  Post it.
5.  Add the post URL, not your blog URL, to the Linky.
6. Tweet it #Friday56 (not an official Freda’s Voice rule)

I have been wanting to read this since it came out in 2018. And, it seemed an appropriate read for AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) and Mental Health Awareness Month in May. Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee is about two Chinese-American sisters, Miranda and Lucia. Older sister, Miranda is determined to rescue Lucia from the voices she hears. But Lucia doesn’t feel she needs rescuing. Everything Here is Beautiful is also an immigration story and an immigrant story. The struggles that legal and illegal immigrants face.  

Everything Here is Beautiful is my current read. I started it late in May thinking I would have it finished in a few days because it’s a short book, however it is a slow burn. I’m enjoying Lee’s writing. Miranda really is a little to uptight for me, although I understand why but she really does seem like a tough nut to crack. Lucia’s character is fun and carefree and down to earth.

She brought me inside. The warmth of her house smelled suspicious, like vitamins and beef broth and soap. “You need a doctor?” She peeled the socks from my hands, touched my fingers, frozen like grape Popsicles. “Maybe I need to take you to a doctor,” she said. No way, I know better. A doctor would send me to the lock-up hospital for sure. 

Everything Here Is Beautiful, pg. 156

Have you read it? If so, what did you think?

FYI: I’ll be linking primarily to The Storygraph. You can find me at the Broken Spine.

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