Worst part of the book? I think it’s about the Chinese girl trying not to get bullied and hence chose to hate on blacks so that she could “be” left alone by the whites – by hating on the blacks. It’s disgusting, having to publicly express hatred toward another race in order to survive in a f*cking school. A f*cking school. Only in America? Don’t think so. I didn’t go to school with kids from other races until my teens. Even then, they were considered ‘exotic’ because there were so few of them. We actually wanted to make friends with them, because their culture is different, intriguing, something we don’t get to experience probably because our country’s school system is so segregated it’s f*cking ridiculous.
Before reading this book, I never had to have an opinion about their way of life, their culture. After all, I live in Asia. There are no Gypsies here. While I’m aware of how certain people hate them (why, what for), I never dug deeper beyond the stereotypical “all Gypsies are thieves and uncouth” line. I did have first-hand conversations with Europeans (friends, ex-colleagues) about the Romany people, but they weren’t white supremacists so there weren’t much to hate on beyond those lines. So I’ve finished the book – Still no opinion. It’s their way of life. To the normal society, they are in dire need to change or “be changed” (i.e. continue to be discriminated against until their culture vanishes altogether). It’s sad, it’s tragic. It’s no different than oppressed little girls forced to go through FGM or marry old men at the tender age of 5.
Ah. This book. I always have weak knees for “true stories”, because at least I know I’m in for something conventional, even if the entire story didn’t fully play out in real life.
I am most certainly not convinced that this is ‘The most shocking Internet dating story you will ever come across’, as purported by The Sun.
But I read it anyway, partly because I’m not familiar with bigamy (polygamy is more popular, ain’t so?). Bigamy is boring wrong, though certain communities practice it. But, whether it’s deception by the man or the woman or whichever gender people identify with, the act in itself is still despicable. Personally, I think polygamy is worse. Farworse. “Organized polygamy” (I “made” that up) is the worst. Think Mormonism and Islam, for example.
I won’t recommend this read if you have other books to read, really.