Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on May 24th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Historical
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, a 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. Though fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the army to bring help—she still has the “bossy” cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenage girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?
Outrun the Moon kinda took me by surprise because I wasn’t expecting myself to like it so much. Truth be told, I never really was interested in this book because it was set in 1906, and usually, most of the books that I’ve read, the authors tend to mess up those years with 2016 slangs and that made them cringe-worthy. BUT this book was amazing, truly amazing.
I fell in love with Mercy at first read, because she was everything I wanted to be if I was born in the 1800s when women were looked down upon. She was strong-willed, stubborn and just plain annoying (in a good way). I think Mercy reminded me that there was more to being a female than just getting married and producing babies.
The Chinatown aspect kinda shocked me because I never thought that there was any racism against Chinese by the Americans. YES, I never knew that this existed. I’m sorry, I’m pretty ignorant at times. Reading Outrun the Moon opened my eyes to several racial discrimination and racial slurs that I never knew existed. What I definitely love about this book was the thoughtful way it was written, in the sense that the author never placed ignorant facts into the book, and each sentence was deliberate, in a way that makes us read between the lines.
There was heartbreak and tragedy in this book, and I would lie if I said I didn’t wanna scream and cry at certain parts of the book. I MEAN, OMG. Them feels though, I thought my heart would never be okay.
I’m not really a fan of historical fiction, BUT DAMN I’m definitely a fan of Stacey Lee.
“Even if I did climb to the top of that mountain one day, people will never stop seeing my color first, before me.”