Book Review | Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Author: Amy Chua
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua has caused quite a stir in the “Mommy Wars” debate. I went into reading this book with the impression that I would be thoroughly disgusted based upon other reviews that I had read and television discussions about the author’s parenting style. While there were situations in the book that disturbed me as a mother such as when the author rejected a handmade birthday card from her daughter that wasn’t up to her high standards, I found this book to be thoroughly entertaining. While the author at times comes across with an air of superiority, I found this book to be intriguing. I may not agree with her parenting style but I found the open manner that she shares her own experiences as a mother to be thought provoking and a reconciliation between two very different cultures.
I don’t want to take away from the actual book by recounting specific stories but there were several times that I was taken aback by her behavior, laughed out loud at her biting sense of humor, related to her admitted mistakes and admired her devotion to her daughters. From my perspective it is a book that examines one woman’s journey as a parent raising her children in her version of the “Chinese parenting model” versus her perception of Western culture. Whether one feels her style is right or wrong….it is still a very interesting work of non-fiction that is sure to stir powerful emotions within all mothers whether they are from the East or the West.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*