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Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on May 24, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Historical Fiction
Pages: 350 Format: eARC Source: NetGalley
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, an 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. Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the Army to bring help. Fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, yet Mercy still has the ‘bossy’ cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenaged girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?
I received this eARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I was jumping for joy when I found out Stacey Lee was publishing another historical fiction book and Outrun the Moon was everything I wanted and more! Set in San Francisco on the brink of a historic earthquake, a persistent and gung-ho main character, Mercy Wong, strives to make something of herself in a world trying to bring her down. Throw in an all girl’s boarding school, a business book, and plenty of family strife and see how it all pans out!
Can I sit and just gush about Stacey Lee’s writing for a minute? It’s so freaking amazing! The way she weaves history and fiction together to create such compelling stories is masterful. She writes such an authentic experience for her characters as well as the readers. The research and detail go a long way when it comes to depth of setting. I felt the same about Under A Painted Sky, but she takes Outrun the Moon to new heights.
Alright back to the story at hand! Mercy Wong is on a mission to study at St. Clare’s School for Girls (think the boarding school in A Little Princess but for older girls) so she can start her own business and help her family. Unfortunately nature ruins everything with a massive earthquake that decimates the town. It’s a story of survival and perseverance; about dealing with emotional grief and loss.Plus the overcoming of discrimination and differences.
Mercy Wong, the main character, was the best thing about this book. A Chinese American trying to balance a desire to make her own way and yet respect the traditions of her family and community. Outgoing and strong willed with an active mind, yet she still worries quite a lot. Caught between two worlds, her journey is filled with such fully fleshed out emotion and discovery. I want to see more characters like her in literature.
Well look, another book with a historical setting that I fell in love with! What a shock! I don’t actively seek out historical fiction, but every time I do, I end up loving it. San Francisco in 1906 is fully fleshed out within the pages of Outrun the Moon and I felt as if I was traversing those same roads and frequenting the same park as the characters. The reality of the situation truly adds to the impact of the story especially knowing the actual devastation that was wrought.
Overall Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee was an excellent historical fiction experience set on the cusp of disaster. With inspiring characters and tragic circumstances, this narrative of survival and perseverance latches on to your heart and touches your soul. Everyone needs to go out and read Stacey Lee’s stories immediately! Such a gripping, emotional, and wonderful novel!
So are you excited for Outrun the Moon? Marveling at her diverse stories? Have you read her debut Under A Painted Sky? Let me know all your thoughts and comments below!
Stacey Lee is offering up three amazing giveaways for the release. There’s a San Francisco Getaway package, a Show Me San Francisco package, and a chance to win a Hand Knit Shawl. These are over the top prizes and super generous. All the details and Rafflecopter links are on this post from Nori!
About the Author
Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Californian with roots in San Francisco Chinatown. Born in Southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. She has lots of experience with earthquakes, having skinned her knees more times than she wants to remember diving under tables. One day she hopes to own a hypoallergenic horse and live by the sea. See what she’s up to on Twitter & Instagram: @staceyleeauthor.