Tae's Sonata Hardcover – Mar 19 2004
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8. Tae is a Korean-American eighth grader. It's bad enough that her social studies teacher assigns her South Korea for her class project, but he also pairs her with popular Josh Morgan, which garners her the spite of a popular clique of girls. When Tae's best friend, Meg, starts hanging out with these girls, Tae shuns her and, in her sulky loneliness, starts to notice those around her with more sympathy: her mother, who gave up her close circle of friends when they left Korea; Philip, the other Korean American at her school, who turns out not to be quite as stuck up as she first imagined; and Josh, who, despite being popular, is really a nice guy. Gaining respect for others, Tae is able to patch up her friendship with Meg, improve her relationship with her parents, and find a bit of romance in her life. The characters are familiar and believable (except, perhaps, for Josh, who seems too sensitive to be true), and aspects of Korean life are well incorporated into the story. The plot gets corny in parts (especially at the end, where Balgassi drops the ball on all the interesting characters in favor of a happy ending for Tae and Josh), and remarks on racial/ethnic dynamics in Tae's life seem sometimes heavy-handed, but the book, overall, is well written and appealing.?Nina Lindsay, Vista School, Albany, CA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
Eighth-grader Taeyoung Kim feels torn between her Korean heritage and her new American culture. When she is assigned to do a report on South Korea with one of the most popular boys in school, her feelings begin to surface: She's embarrassed about being ``different,'' her modest upbringing, and her parents. The storyline and themes- -feeling out of place and struggling with the popular crowd--are well known; Marie G. Lee (If It Hadn't Been for Yoon Jun, 1993, etc.) has deftly limned aspects of the Korean experience along these lines. Here, the resolution is predictable. The title and main theme are linked to Tae's piano-playing, which comes across as an afterthought instead of an integral part of the story. While readers get a sense of who Tae is, they may become frustrated with her passivity; the few instances in which she reflects on her life in Korea are adequate, but lack power. Readers will empathize more with Tae's parents, whose tender characterizations are the best in the book. Tae grows and learns, and gets the cute boy, which will satisfy those seeking light fare and no surprises. (Fiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
This story was about a girl named Tae Young. She has lived in America for about four years. One day she came to school and she was getting assigned country report projects. She was assigned partners with Josh, the most popular guy in school. If that wasn't bad enough they got Korea as their country. Then Josh came up to her later that day and told her that since they are partners, they should probably get together at each other's houses to do research on the project. One day after school she rode the bus home with Josh, and they went to his house. Meg and Tae decided to go skating one day. Tae wanted to stop skating, because her feet were hurting. The "Royals" were there. So Tae and Meg went to go rest for a while. Then Meg wanted to go back in and Tae didn't, so Meg went out to the skating rink. The Royals invited her to skate with them, so she did.
The next day the friends were mad at each other and they stayed that way for a while.
But finally they became friends again. The next day there would be a school dance. Then they decided to go shopping for dresses.
The next day at the dance Tae saw that Krista was wearing the same dress as her. Tae left the dance and went out to the bleachers and started crying.
But after a while Meg came out and offered to go get her coat, and while she was in there Josh came out...
I liked this story because it kept my attention and it had a good lesson to it.
I also liked it because it got you into the mind of someone from another country.
This is a story about assimilation, growing up, first love, and friendship. I finished this book in one sitting. It was interesting to read about the feelings of a recent Korean immigrant girl. Tae is realistically not perfect, but she is growing as she experiences the joys and tribulations of Jr. High.
Theres only one good thing about this book was the ending when i stopped reading it.thats the way I think of this book. this book was a huge waste of my time. I dont think it is very fit for guys. this is a terriable, horriable, useless book!!!
This book taes sonata was a waste of my time. The only reason that I gave it a 2 is because if you are haveing a fright with your friends. Then you and your friends should read this book. It teaches you that friendship is everything.
Most recent customer reviews
I like this book because of how the characters react and how Tae's mom sounds weird when she talks in English and how all the characters act. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2002
tae's sonata was ok but i didn't really like it so i gave it a 2 because it was really boring.it didn't have any interest to me because it doesn't have anything i would do except... Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2002
I think the book was ok. Because I think it wasn't
really my type. So Iwould give it a 4
because Iliked it even thoughg it wasn't my type. Read more
Tae's Sonata is pretty good book. I rated it 2 from 1-5.The book tells you one reason a friendship can be broken. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2002
I liked this book alot. It's not too long and it goes really fast. I finished it in one day! I don't think you have to be Korean to read this book. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 1999
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