My dad once said to me, "You give a lot of books three stars." I do.
I enjoyed this book a lot. The writing is simple but powerful and Kimberly feels like a real person. At times I forgot I was reading a novel. At the end the story comes into play a lot more. I was worried that everything would wrap up too neatly, but Kwok avoids anything too circular. Girl in Translation is a great debut novel and I'll have to check out Kwok's Mambo in Chinatown soon.
ETA: There is a funny quirk in the book when Kwok is writing the Chinese conversations. It's like phrases are directly translated from the Chinese (the characters mostly speak Cantonese if I'm remembering correctly) and then Kim translates the meaning of the idioms. It takes a little getting used to, but it did remind me that I was reading a book (because Kim is clearly clarifying things for the reader).