This book has been on my shelf since 2010, when the theme for the War Through The Generations Reading Challenge was the Vietnam War. I had trouble finding books I wanted to read that year (at least, books other than those written by Tim O'Brien, whose books I loved). I didn't get this one read during the year of the challenge, but I finally decided to read it this month.
Iris travels to Vietnam with Iraq war veteran and childhood friend Noah to finish building a center for street children that Iris's father had begun. Iris's father had fought in the Vietnam War when Iris was a child, and right before he dies, Iris promises him that she will go to Vietnam to complete his center. I had read Beneath a Marble Sky by the same author and really liked it,
but I was disappointed in this one. I didn't think it was as
well written, the story was a bit too predictable, and the characters
were flat. I rate it 2 out of 5.