Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

A Novel

Ford, Jamie

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
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Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, this debut novel tells the heartwarming story of widower Henry Lee, his father, and his first love Keiko Okabe.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2009.
Edition: Ballantine Trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 0345505344
9780345505347
Characteristics: 301 p. ;,21 cm.

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Oct 22, 2014
  • KCLSRecommends rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A bestselling novel, primarily set in Seattle, about the love and friendship between a Chinese American boy and a Japanese American girl during the internment in World War II.

Sep 23, 2014
  • dizzy01 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book very much, but I will just say that I found the ending a disappointment.

Jul 27, 2014

Sanrin
You commented saying that the characters are flat. I thought I might mention that this could be due to the more stoic and serious Chinese and Japanese cultures.

May 19, 2014
  • ehbooklover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely loved this book and could not put it down. A compelling, emotional, and eye-opening book about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II that is full of wonderful characters who make you want to keep reading.

Feb 05, 2014
  • Sanrin rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Of note because it is based on the actual discovery of possessions left by Japanese-American residents of Seattle at the Panama Hotel before being relocated to internment camps during WWII. But the characters are flat, and the narrator never sounds like the youth he is during the flashbacks. The plot is also predictable and resembles many other stories about the period.

Dec 18, 2013

I believe that everyone should read this book. This book will remind you about the racism in the world, and perhaps even cause you to feel reason to stand against it.

Nov 06, 2013
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A very good book. I would recommend this book for all to read.

Jul 02, 2013
  • emmajtreat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book has truly reminded me how teens will be teens no matter what era, and love can last until those very teens are old and widowed. The ending is pretty predictable, but the beauty of Jamie Ford's novel is not in the ending, but in the bittersweet but ultimately endearing journey of love surviving the test of time.

Jul 01, 2013
  • ctpete rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Rather predictable but very good. Somewhere around page 46 the craving for dim sum was irresistible.

Apr 14, 2013
  • ab562 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Quite an enjoyable story of love lost & found. Worth reading and I liked the perspective of Chinese & Japanese Americans during WWII.

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Dec 18, 2013

slayer_duchannes33 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Aug 13, 2012
  • orange_cat_2301 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

orange_cat_2301 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Jun 26, 2012
  • blue_raven_28 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 19, 2012
  • hlsadler rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jul 02, 2013

This is a beautifully written book showing both the pain and beauty of love, music & friendship among the challenges of assimilation, discrimination and war.

Jun 19, 2012
  • hlsadler rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A young Chinese-American boy befriends a Japanese-American girl who is displaced into a Japanese-American Interment camp.

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Jan 23, 2011
  • nic03red rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The hardest choices in life aren't between what's right and what's wrong but between what's right and what's best.

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