Category: Skimmed and Found Hard to Read Even Thought It Had an Interesting Premise
Writerly thoughts: I really wanted to like Above the East China Sea, but I couldn’t. The writing style was clunky, the dialogue between the mother and son were very clumsy and a story of such a caliber deserved much more emotional channeling. It’s got big ideas, huge ideas, actually. But the writing wasn’t able to accomplish what it could have been. Again, the romance annoyed me, and I think deeper issues could have been explored in both storylines – the American girl dealing with the loss of her sister and thoughts of suicide, and the Okinowan girl who was raped three times in war, drowned and is waiting with her unborn son under the sea.