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Book Review: The Best We Could Do

Book Review: The Best We Could Do

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Saifuddin
·Jan 23, 2022·

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The Best We Could Do brings to life author Thi Bui’s search for a better future while longing for a simpler past. This beautifully illustrated and emotional story explores the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family.

At the heart of Bui's story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent—the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love.

I think by now it's no secret that I get utterly mesmerized with memoirs. She wants to understand her family's history and she eventually discovers her parent's past along with her own childhood. I found it so powerful, eye-opening, thought-provoking, and couldn’t help getting emotional during the reading. I enjoyed it immensely and the artwork is amazing.

The Best We Could Do is ultimately a hopeful book. After learning what happened to her parents, Bui concludes that—even though “being their child… means that I will always feel the weight of the past”—her son doesn’t have to share the same burden. And she finally understands what’s true for all parents: when it comes to raising our kids, we simply do the best we can do.

It was in my book to read for a long time. It is a short book and can be completed in 4 hours max. It is a book on the recommended list of Bill Gates and I would recommend it to anyone.

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