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READ PDF é An Ocean Apart, a World Away Ü While mostyear old girls are planning their weddings, Xueyan, known as Yanyan, has no interest at all in marriage She is fascinated by medicine In China in , women rarely attend university, let alone medical school Still, Yanyan is determined to become a doctor But Yanyan s feelings about marriage change when she meets Liang Baoshu An outstanding scholar and martial arts student, Baoshu is passionate and dangerous He is determined to rid China of the foreigners who occupy it and restore power to the Manchu dynasty Life with him would be an adventure But when Yanyan realizes that being with Baoshu would also mean sacrificing her dream of becoming a doctor, she faces the most difficult decision of her life And her choice leads to an entirely new adventure an ocean away in America where Yanyan is the foreigner From the Hardcover edition China remains in chaos after the revolution of 1911 and young Xueyan benefits by having a progressive father who encourages her to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor of medicine Yanyan, called Sheila, attends an English school and doesn t have bound feet, and looks forward to making her own love match, instead of having an arranged marriage When a political exile that happens to be a former school friend of her elder brother is wounded escaping from the police, it is Yanyan who bandages his China remains in chaos after the revolution of 1911 and young Xueyan benefits by having a progressive father who encourages her to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor of medicine Yanyan, called Sheila, attends an English school and doesn t have bound feet, and looks forward to making her own love match, instead of having an arranged marriage When a political exile that happens to be a former school friend of her elder brother is wounded escaping from the police, it is Yanyan who bandages his injuries.The two begin to fall in love, but soon the young woman is forced to make a choice between eloping and living a life on the lamb, or following her dream She chooses college and goes to America where she faces discrimination as a woman, a Chinese, and an immigrant, but in spite of oppression learns to cook and begins to master physics Through her experience and willingness to try she makes new friends, becomes self aware and begins to make a new life for herself.The one flaw of this historical novel is the voice Yanyan s first person narration feels a bit wooden, and there is too much recapping and retelling to get the reader to the point where she leaves for America, and the first semester passes in a blur of setbacks and successes In spite of her strong personality, she lacks a strong voice Period details flesh out the story, but also show how little some things have changed in a hundred years Xueyan aka Yanyan is eager to finish at the American missionary school near her home in Nanjing, China and go to college to become a doctor She is envious of her best friend Ailin who is leaving for America When Yanyan goes with Eldest Brother and his friend Liang Baoshu to Shanghai to wave goodbye to Ailin, Yanyan getsadventure than she bargained for and finds herself strangely attracted to Baoshu and him to her She must make a difficult decision about her future Can she have the life Xueyan aka Yanyan is eager to finish at the American missionary school near her home in Nanjing, China and go to college to become a doctor She is envious of her best friend Ailin who is leaving for America When Yanyan goes with Eldest Brother and his friend Liang Baoshu to Shanghai to wave goodbye to Ailin, Yanyan getsadventure than she bargained for and finds herself strangely attracted to Baoshu and him to her She must make a difficult decision about her future Can she have the life she dreamed while following Baoshu and having adventures or should she honor her father s wishes and become a doctor as she has always dreamed Her decision isn t easy either way.I really liked the characters in this book Because Yanyan s father lived and worked in England, he isWesternized than most Chinese men He s very progressive even for a Westerner he allows his daughter to attend an American school, speak out at the table and learn as much about science and medicine as she can This makes Yanyan an appealing character for modern teens She has hopes and dreams but finds her head turned by a young man She doesn t give up even when the going is tough and always does the unexpected I need a sequel so we know what happens to her Ailin is also an admirable character I didn t read her book but this one fills in enough background information Ailin refused to conform to societal norms and sought out her own path to happiness I liked that the book follows her so readers can find out how she s doing in her new life Baosho seems exciting and the type of bad boy teen girls love to crush on but not the type that appeals tomature women Without spoiling the story, I came to the same conclusion about him that Yanyan did and would have felt the same way about it.I knew a little bit about the history of China during this time but I learned a lotI also really liked the incorporation of the history of American Chinese restaurants and American Chinese food The story teaches gentle lessons about prejudice and judging people without knowing them It was a tiny bit juvenile for a young adult novel so I would say this book is for young teens on up An Ocean Apart, A World Away is basically a story that deals with a young Chinese girl who wishes to take medicine The story takes place about 10 years after the 1911 Revolution toppling of the Qing Dynasty The main character a Chinese girl is born into a fairly liberal well off family who sends her to a Western run school Experiences at home, with a close friend, and with what one can call a lover leads the main character to re think her decision to take up medicine Eventually though An Ocean Apart, A World Away is basically a story that deals with a young Chinese girl who wishes to take medicine The story takes place about 10 years after the 1911 Revolution toppling of the Qing Dynasty The main character a Chinese girl is born into a fairly liberal well off family who sends her to a Western run school Experiences at home, with a close friend, and with what one can call a lover leads the main character to re think her decision to take up medicine Eventually though she makes a decision that leads her to America, where she struggles with her studies, her environment and with the people, before she finally realizes what she really wants in life.The book is quite a short read The plot isn t that hard to understand, and it s quite an interesting read since it involves little tidbits about Chinese history I found this a bit off though since the inclusions of Chinese history are too random, and aren t concise with the flow of the story The story in itself, is also very fast paced, and does not contain a very detailed timeline of events To some, the story can be a bit lacking in the sense that, an angle has just been formed within the story, before it suddenly disappears and isn t thoroughly tackled by the writer It may leave some to be a bit frustrated with the quickness of the flow of the story, but in the end, it still tackles a very good issue within the story.What I liked about the story is that it incorporated a lot of humor into the plot, adding in very many modern ideas a little too modern I think The humor and the intrigue injected into parts of the story kept the plot interesting enough to continue the story.I don t wholly recommend this book to people who are busy with their work studies activities hobbies If one is able to free up about 1 2 hours though, you can read this book for leisurely purposes With less than 200 pages, it s not that difficult to finish 1 This book is about a chinese girl Yanyan from Nanjing, who is torn between following her dream to become a medical doctor or running away with her brother s friend She went oversea to American and started studyingabout medicines Life in america was different than living in China, as she slowly adapts into her new enviroment.2 I give this book a 5 star because I enjoyed reading it While I was reading this book, I did not want to put the book down I found this book to be entertaining 1 This book is about a chinese girl Yanyan from Nanjing, who is torn between following her dream to become a medical doctor or running away with her brother s friend She went oversea to American and started studyingabout medicines Life in america was different than living in China, as she slowly adapts into her new enviroment.2 I give this book a 5 star because I enjoyed reading it While I was reading this book, I did not want to put the book down I found this book to be entertaining and informational Every step Yanyan takes, makes me want to know the next step of she was going to do, facing 2 completely yet major decision.3 This book ended with An ocean apart, a world away which is also the tittle of the book I choose this quote because A 16 year old girl, went to America alone to pursuit on her dreams and studys In china, most 16 year old girls are at home getting ready for arranged marriage from their parents, Yanyan was different from all the other girls She went to America, which was an ocean apart, a world away from her homeland 4 We wrote our own personal statements a while ago, and while I was looking for my college prompt, i came across to this statement What is your dream I think she answered it well and did well on staying with her dreams and working towards it even when there were many obstacles and distractions along the way.5 I would remcommend this to girls that are intrested in romance books with some historical background covered This book expressed well of yanyan s feelings toward relationship, guys, education and dream I think this book will most likely attract girls than guys