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We Were Dreamers – Simu Liu

Title: We We’re Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story

Author: Simu Liu

Genre: Biography

Plot: Simu Liu is an actor best know for his breakout role of Shang-Chi in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. This is his story of growing up in rural China and Toronto Canada. He lived with his grandparents until he was 4 while his parents went to college in Canada to finish their Masters and PhD. When Simu’s parents had saved up enough, they brought Simu over to live with them. He talks a lot about his struggles with adjusting to a new life, finding a way around his parent’s standards, and finding his own way in life. After going to college, Simu talked about the struggles of finding his dream, Simu talks about how he worked through everything to get to where he is today.

Rating: 4.0 – a different side of immigrant life

Opinion: This was a great book. I enjoyed learning about how life was like in other countries and how people lived from a nonfiction point of view. It was understandable how and why people did the things they did. I wished the best for Simu’s parents and was saddened to read about what happened to Simu as he was growing up. But Simu found a way to turn it out positive and rekindle a relationship with his parents. I found it easy to relate to pieces of Simu’s story, like I’m sure most people can. I loved all of the humor and snark in it. I liked how Simu could find ways to be himself while living with his parents. I like that he found a positive outlet in his life in all stages. It makes you want to find something positive in your own life. This is a great book about life and what kids of immigrants face and how to find your own dream.


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