Wednesday, May 05, 2010
The Unwanted by Kien Nguyen
Kien Nguyen is the son of a Vietnamese woman and an American serviceman. He was 8 years old when he and his family watched the last US helicopter leave Vietnam without them. The next 10 years of his life were filled with one nightmare after another. The family had been wealthy before the fall of Saigon, but they lost everything when the Communist regime took over. And because Kien was Amerasian, he was the target of hatred and bigotry. Unfortunately I didn't think the book was very well written. The dialogue in particular wasn't believable. But the story was certainly compelling and the book was worth reading anyway. This was my second book for the Vietnam War Reading Challenge and my eighth book for the New Author Challenge 2010. I rate the book 3 out of 5.