Review: The Girl with Seven Names

  • Title: The Girl with Seven Names: Escape from North Korea
  • Author: Hyeonseo Lee
  • Pages: 320
  • Published: July 2, 2015
  • Genre: Memoir

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world’s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships – and the story of one woman’s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom.

*My opinions are my own.

*May contain spoilers.

I wanted to read this book the moment I saw the title. I am fascinated by other cultures and how they vary from my own.  I actually majored in anthropology in college.  Over the last few years I have been reading memoirs from all over the world, so when I found one about the mysterious North Korea I was elated.

Hyeonseo talks about her life before and after leaving North Korea.  She discusses both her physical and emotional experiences.  This create such a complete narrative that there were a few times where I had to stop reading and process what I had just read.

AFter reading almost every chapter I found myself comparing her experiences to my own at the same age.  This book reminded me how fortunate I am to have been born and raised in America.  Sometimes I can forget just how lucky I really am.

She gives the reader background information that allows them to see her experiences through her point of view.  Hyeonseo clearly understands that her childhood influenced her in a way that most people will not understand without explanation.

Everyone should read this book.  It can help you get in touch with your humanity again.

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