We learn about this dysfunctional family through a story that alternates between the past and the present.
Chinese-American James Lee knows what it's like to be different. All his life he has been left out because he doesn't look like everyone else. Marilyn's dreams of becoming a Doctor were put on hold to raise her family. Lydia is the middle child of James and Marilyn and also their favourite child. Her parents both want her to have what they never had: in her father's case it's popularity. He wants her to fit in, to be a social butterfly. Her mother wants her to become a Doctor. Lydia becomes weighed down by their expectations, never telling them how she truly feels.
A believable, well-written story with real, three-dimensional characters. I loved it!