Title: In Order To Live: A North-Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom
Author: Yeonmi Park, Maryanne Vollers
Published: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 288
Rating: 5/5

This is the story of Yeonmi Park, a North-Korean who fled the country as a young and innocent girl and after many heartbreaking troubles finally manages to get to South-Korea.

As far as I can recall, this is the first time I've read a autobiography, and now I want to read so many more.

This is simply but wonderfully written. It's split into three parts; the first is a frightening and fascinating look into her life in North-Korea, the second is a scary flight from their home country and a portrayal of the dark China they meet and the last is the final part of the journey; Yeonmi and her mother arrives in South-Korea and has to unlearn so much of what they've been taught in one of the most oppressive countries in the world.

I loved how we got to meet so many different people throughout. I also really enjoyed Yeonmis development, where she goes from basically brainwashed and trapped to enlightened and free.

It's kind of difficult to rate this, but as I thought it was a very important story that was fascinating and kept me hooked, I've given this five out of five stars, and I would highly recommend it.

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  1. I googled North Korea a while back and her name came out, so I think she's pretty famous around Koreans. I've heard about her before, and how terrifying her escape was. I'd love to read this, to see and understand more about North Korea. Great review!

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

    1. If it sounds interesting, I would definitely recommend it! :)

  2. Ooh, last year when I was researching for a paper I watched so many of her speeches and she never fails to make me bawl my eyes out every time.
    I've heard she's now getting backlash in South Korea only because she (rumoredly) got plastic surgery done. Well, I can't blame her to indulge in happiness after all the grueling things she got through. No one should expect her to live miserably forever, that won't help the helpless NK citizens either. But that's just my two cents on this :)

    Nana @ whatabadpoem.

    1. I haven't seen any of her speeches, but I definitely need to! If that's true, I don't blame her either. "Regular" people get plastic surgery all the time, so why can't she? People are so harsh on others sometimes.


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