In Reading with Patrick, we meet Michelle Kuo, a recent Harvard graduate, who accepts a teaching job in the Mississippi Delta area. A child of Taiwanese immigrants, Kuo soon learns that her idealistic approach to the students is met with little enthusiasm. What she encounters there changes her life and takes her down many different paths than what she imagined. The book not only details the friendship that developed between Ms. Kuo and her student Patrick, but on a larger scale, examines the difference one person can make in the lives of others. Reading with Patrick also takes a look at how difficult it is for people to overcome the circumstances of their environment, even with the best of intentions. Ultimately, the book is a true testament of how a friendship changed the lives of both teacher and student forever.
Reading with Patrick is inspiring on many different levels and I felt the author truly captured many amazing moments of her time with Patrick.
I received this book courtesy of Random House Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.