Book Review: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
The saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” rang especially true in my mind for Amy Chua’s controversial memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. But I did just the opposite as I started it. Excerpts in various outlets, most notably Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior, gave only a glimmer of what Chua actually wanted people to take away from her radical child-rearing ways. Also, she was painted in a negative light in a "Today" show interview, but that further sparked my interest in wanting to read her work.
On a scale of 1 to 5, I would rate the book a 3 1/2, as there were times when I was completely turned off by Chua’s constant comparisons of Western and Chinese parenting (guess which one she favored), among other things. On the contrary, my heartstrings were tugged during the chapters where the family went through personal problems, such as Chua’s sisters’ battle with leukemia.