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  • A battle to read, but ultimately worth it.4

    Ben For me the pleasure of reading this book was like being on a rollercoaster. One minute I wanted to throw it out the window (I nearly did a quarter of the way through) and then the next minute I was enjoying what Amy Chua had to say. The frustrating parts are when Chua bangs on almost bragging about how badass a mother she was, how she got her way with her children and how determined she was to be a 'Chinese mother' and not a 'Western mother'. The enjoyable parts are her insights into Western parenting (generally speaking) and how education tends to be pushed in Western families, hearing how much her children achieved with a strong parent behind them and that, ultimately, the 'Chinese parent' model does have its flaws. Three quarters of the way through it I was wondering where it was all going and how it was going to end, and a little bit worried about it, but once I had finished it I was glad I had stuck through it. The book has a lot of food for thought and in my view is worth reading if you have young children.
    I'd like to give it a 3.5 rating to be honest - four is too high but three is too low. by Ben

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