Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee | Review

Title: Outrun the Moon

Author: Stacey Lee

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Published: May 24th 2016

ISBN: 9780399175411

Series: Standalone

Pages: 391

Edition: Hardback

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Disclaimer: I bought this myself, all opinions are my own.

San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.

On April 18, a historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Though fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the army to bring help—she still has the “bossy” cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenage girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?

I buddy read this book with my friend, Suzanne – @bookmarvel – we buddy read two books a month and this was our first one of 2019 and February :3

This book is a YA historical fiction, it’s based in San Fransisco 1906, our main character is 15 year old Mercy Wong from Chinatown, she’s finished her education in the public school and wishes to continue it at St. Clare’s School for Girls which is a prestigious school for rich white girls and they don’t let anyone else in. Mercy pretty much bribes her way into the school, which was freaking awesome, Mercy has to pretend that she is actually from China as an heiress.

Being at the school isn’t as easy as she thought it was going to be and she’s trying not to get caught out by all of these rich girls that is until an earthquake hits and she lets her disguise fall away when running to Chinatown to find out what has become of her family. She is then forced to camp with her classmates whilst they wait for their families to come and get them and she can’t just sit by whilst everyone is starving so she comes up with a plan to help the broken San Fransisco.

I thought that the premises of this book sounded really interesting and I had really hoped to enjoy it but I slogged along the first 120 pages, I found it to be slow and hard to get into and I stopped reading it for about a week as I had a lot of review books to get done and I was then determined one Sunday to go back to this and finish it and I did! I’m glad that I did because I feel that if I didn’t I wouldn’t have bothered picking it up again. But I still thought most of the book was slow but I didn’t want to DNF this book at all, it did have it’s good moments. I thought that the book wrapped up really well and the ending was great and I really liked the way that was done! I’m not sure that I’ll be picking up any other of Stacey Lee’s books in the future as I don’t think they’re really for me!

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