In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom, Yeonmi Park

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2 Responses to “In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom, Yeonmi Park”

  1. Amanda K. Says:

    In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park is the true tale of Yeonmi’s life being born in North Korea, and eventually being able to escape. The beginning of the book is back story on the Park’s life and how they became so poor, and Yeonmi continues on describing her life and conditions as a child in North Korea. She gives the readers a glimpse of an idea about what life was like there for her and her family by describing stories of things that happened. The book progresses through how her escape from North Korea was planned and eventually executed. She shares all the fear and hardships she had to endure in order to finally seek sanctuary in America.

    I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 because it is beautifully written with a raw truth and honest pain, as the stories are real life. The way she writes makes you feel with her and attempt to understand the pain and hardship she had to go through. The way she describes life in North Korea makes you understand a glimpse of what life was/is like there.

    Recommendations:
    The Girls by Emma Cline
    Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
    Little Bee by Chris Cleave

  2. Meredith C. Says:

    The book In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park is the story of Park’s experience being born in North Korea and her escape. The book starts off with the history of her family and how they became so impoverished. Then Park goes on to describe her childhood. She tells many stories about her life in North Korea and she gives insight on life there. After that Park begins to describe her escape from North Korea and she shares all the terrible experiences she endured to live in safety in the United States.

    I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars because it is a very good book and Park goes into a lot of detail about her life experiences. She tells very impactful stories that really put life in North Korea into perspective.

    One book I would recommend is Stolen by Lucy Christopher. This book tells the story of a girl named Gemma who gets kidnapped at the airport and her fight to return home to her family. Another book I would recommend is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This book is the story of Hazel Lancaster and her journey with living with cancer and her relationships with her family.

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