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Chinese Cinderella: A book analysis

Updated on January 23, 2014


Chinese Cinderella, a book written by Adeline Yen Mah. It was one afternoon that I passed by the library and borrowed that book. I read the book intently and I didn't stop reading unless I was done with it.


As I was reading the book it made me picture a young girl who was considered as bad luck by her family. I felt her pain as she struggled to be accepted by her family. I cried with her as she lost her pet duck; PLT. I pitied her for her father doesn't even know her name and birthday as if she doesn’t exist. Ironically, I also envied her for she was just a young girl but she possessed a great determination and a great ability within her heart. She has endured a lot. She faced a lot of complications in life at a very young age.


“Your future is limitless” this had been quoted by the aunt of Adeline and it made a great impact. It led me into a great realization that I as a young adult has a great future ahead of me. Nothing is impossible as long as I will it. If I wanted to shift careers and suddenly want to be a doctor then I can be one. It is not enough that you just want it and dream about it, act and do something about it. You should focus and put efforts to become someone. Like Adeline we should be strong to face every adversity in life. Just like Adeline, who used her knowledge as her strength, we should also find and use our strength to succeed.


Deep in our hearts, we are just like young Adeline, longing to be loved and noticed. It is a great pain to be neglected by someone and treated by your family as nobody. But this doesn’t have to stop us from reaching our goals, from being nobody into somebody. In the book Chinese Cinderella, Ye Ye, Adeline’s grandfather said, “Wei means danger. Ji means opportunity. Add them together and you have a “crisis’. Break them apart and keep in mind that whenever you are in a crisis, you are in the midst of a danger as well as opportunity”.

On our way to success we will face a lot of storms but always remember what Adeline’s grandfather has thought her and us, the one who has read the story, and make the best out of every storm that might darken your way to success. Seize every moment and make those problems as your way to the top.

The story has truly made a big difference in the way I think about life. I thank her for making me appreciate what I have now. Simple things for me means big for another.



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      nattalie 4 years ago

      i am doing a assesment on this

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      vss 4 years ago

      everyone is a unique individual. Try to believe in ourself for we know our own ability.

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