What Things Mean by Sophia N. Lee

WTM.jpgPages: 133

Goodreads Rating: 4.12 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publication Date: May 2016

Publisher: Scholastic

Summary (Goodreads):


What does it mean to be different? 14-year-old Olive is struggling to find out. Everything about her is so different from the rest of her family. She is big-haired, brown skinned, and clumsy in a family of cream-colored beauties who are all popular and Good At Sports. She closely resembles a father she has never known, and about whom her mother never speaks, and no one wants to tell her why. She turns to books and other things in her quest to find answers, and as a way to cope with her loneliness. When she learns the truth about her father, she must decide whether or not she will let the differences in her life define her forever.

A unique coming-of-age story unfolding through dictionary-style chapters, What Things Mean takes a closer look at the things that define a life, and the many ways in which we find meaning.

*Grand Prize Winner, Scholastic Asian Book Award 2014

My Review:

Review also posted on Goodreads

Copy provided by the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Ms. Sophia Lee and Scholastic!

Olive Guerrero is a 14 year old girl who is struggling to be different. Her physical appearance is different from her family and there are moments she feels left out. She’s a browned-skinned, asthmatic girl whereas her family is cream colored and sporty. As Olive grows, she seeks for answers why she is different and wonders where her father is. She never met him and she wants to meet him, maybe she’ll find answers.

This is a really great YA book that touches Filipino cultures and self-discovery. I really like the simplicity of the writing style. Each chapter begins with a word from a dictionary and its significance to Olive’s story. Her story is genuine and i can’t help feeling her emotions as pages goes by. I like it when a book made me feel that. Overall, this is pretty an enjoyable book.

To All Filipino Readers: Join the What Things Mean by Sophia N. Lee and Sula’s Voyage by Catherine Torres on August 6, 2016 – 2 pm at National Book Store Glorietta 1. The registration starts at 1 pm. Click this link for more information

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2 thoughts on “What Things Mean by Sophia N. Lee

  1. This sounds like a great book, maybe something along the lines of de la Cruz’s Something In-Between (which I loved, but not as much as I thought I would). I’ll add this one to Goodreads 😀 I fell in love with the dictionary style with Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, so I’m hoping this one will be great as well.

    – Eli @ The Silver Words

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