‘China Girl’ is an intriguing and dramatic young adult novel set in England. Written by English author David Belbin, the novel focuses on an immigrant who has travelled from China and been hiding in an old hotel.
Ling is an immigrant, who has been hired to clean houses. Ryan (boss’s son) is a school boy who had been crushing on Ling and wanted to know more about her and where she came from. Will Ryan’s crush on Ling lead to true love or a lot of broken hearts?
While the story is quite slow to begin with, it soon becomes more intense when Ryan’s Father tells Ryan he can’t date Ling because she is a cleaner and an immigrant. Ryan doesn’t care what his Father thinks of Ling so he betrays his Father and learns more about Ling.
The novel’s characters and their relationships are likeable, interesting and believable.
It is easy to understand what happens and it can be read in one sitting. It also has nice blend of action, dialogue and description.
Overall, the book is an enjoyable and action-packed story that is likely to appeal most to boys and girls in their middle teens. I give it a 5 out of 5.