The Language Inside by Holly Thompson

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Emma Karas was raised in Japan; it's the country she calls home. But when her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer, Emma's family moves to a town outside Lowell, Massachusetts, to stay with Emma's grandmother while her mom undergoes treatment.

Emma feels out of place in the United States.She begins to have migraines, and longs to be back in Japan. At her grandmother's urging, she volunteers in a long-term care center to help Zena, a patient with locked-in syndrome, write down her poems. There, Emma meets Samnang, another volunteer, who assists elderly Cambodian refugees. Weekly visits to the care center, Zena's poems, dance, and noodle soup bring Emma and Samnang closer, until Emma must make a painful choice: stay in Massachusetts, or return home early to Japan.

Title : The Language Inside
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ISBN : 0385739796
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 528 pages


Jonathan rated it ★★★☆☆

March 02, 2014

This book is written in verse. Thumbing through it, you might think there’s a poem per page. It looks that way because many pages are not “full”. The arrangement of the lines are certainly intentional and are often used to good effect, but I wasn’t always sure about the page breaks, though I had...

Jessica rated it ★★★★★

May 10, 2013

This is honestly unlike anything I've ever read before. Wow. This book is written in verse, which I'm pretty sure the last time I read a book in verse was in elementary school, so I was really hesitant going in. In the end, I enjoyed it so much more than I ever thought I could. Emma has lived in...

Sesana rated it ★★★☆☆

March 28, 2017

Nicely written, and Emma is an unusually believable "sweet" character. She does the noble, self effacing thing, but in a way that felt realistic. I've known girls an awful lot like her. This book's one failing is that it presents an awful lot of issues, but doesn't actually do much with them. The...

Sps rated it ★★★☆☆

January 28, 2013

Improbably likeable and satisfying. Possibly 3.5 stars. This book is the runt (despite its hefty size), the underdog, the dark horse, the long shot for making me like it because I do not care for books that layer on the themes like a Dagwood sandwich. And The Language Inside does just that: Japan...

Avery rated it ★★★★★

August 05, 2016

I highly recommend this book for cross-cultural teens. Emma Karas grew up in Japan but moves to Massachusetts when her mother develops breast cancer. Feeling lost in her “native” US, Emma develops migraines and longs to help friends in Japan who survived the March 2011 tsunami. Life changes when...

Ali rated it ★★★★☆

October 09, 2013

I really liked this one - I'm not always a fan of poetry styled books like this one but it was tough to put down. A girl and her family moving from Japan to America for her mother and learning to cope with what's going on around her. Reading the poetry within the verse was pretty interesting but...

caitlyn.yeu rated it ★★★☆☆

May 24, 2017

book i needed to read for school

Nafiza rated it ★★★☆☆

January 16, 2014

I’m a fan of Thompson’s Orchards so I was gleeful when I got a copy of her latest verse novel at the ALA conference. Unfortunately, The Language Inside just did not do it for me the way I hoped it would. There are many reasons for that but first I must give credit where it’s due. The novel is very...

(Sara) rated it ★★★☆☆

March 30, 2013

The Language Inside is a meaningful contemporary novel in verse. I wasn’t blown away by it, but Emma’s narrative resembled stream-of-consciousness style, and I liked that. This story about a Japanese girl who moves to Massachusetts for her mother’s cancer treatment is one of love and newfound und...

Jendimmick rated it ★★★★☆

October 04, 2014

I am slowly being converted to stories told in verse by authors like Holly Thompson and Ellen Hopkins. They use this expressive medium to take the reader inside the minds and emotions of the narrator in ways that prose can never quite achieve. I say this as a very reluctant reader of poetry, so d...

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