The Downstairs Girl

The Downstairs Girl

By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, "Dear Miss Sweetie." When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society's ills, but she's no By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta....

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Title:The Downstairs Girl
Author:Stacey Lee
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:Dear Miss Sweetie
Edition Language
English
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

The Downstairs Girl Reviews

  • Sharon Roat
    Dec 27, 2018
    Another absolutely delightful and engrossing novel of historical fiction by Stacey Lee! She brings such wonderful, deep, relatable characters to her novels. I know TONS of research goes into getting all the details of time and place just right, but it all feels so effortless and natura...
  • Anna
    Dec 02, 2016
    *flails* I NEED THIS IMMEDIATELY. ...
  • Angela
    Mar 14, 2019
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  • Ann
    Jan 06, 2019
    Stacey Lee is one of my favorite YA authors. The research for her books is impressive. I not only enjoy the stories but I learn things about historical eras every time ...
  • Tina
    Apr 07, 2019
    Jo Kuan is a young Chinese girl living in 1870?s Atlanta, where Chinese have been brought in for labor, but treated with discrimination. In a time where Chinese have no rights, Jo and her adoptive grandfather live hidden in an unused basement of a newspaper printing office, and work ...
  • Sami
    Nov 06, 2018
    Another Stacey Lee historical masterpiece, every bit as exquisite as its gorgeous cover. Jo is a fearless and streetwise milliner, living in the basement of a prominent newspaper family without their knowledge. When Jo loses her job because of her race, she ends up on a wild goosechase...
  • Jessica
    Mar 15, 2019
    Seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan is Chinese and lives in Atlanta. When her dream of becoming a milliner falls apart, she must remain a lady?s maid for the daughter of a very wealthy man. But, at night she becomes Miss Sweetie, an advice columnist for southern ladies. After Miss Sweetie est...
  • Sarah
    Apr 03, 2019
    Reviewed from ARC received from publisher. To be published August 2019. I do love reading a historical fiction title about a period/place that is new to me--this novel covers Atlanta during the Gilded Age from the perspective of a Chinese-American teenage girl. I had never thought ab...
  • Billie
    Nov 06, 2018
    Stacey Lee writes some of my hands-down favorite YA historical fiction and The Downstairs Girl does not disappoint. There were some things that felt a little too convenient or coincidental and I have some questions about the results of the horse race (which I won't share here because s...
  • ♠️ Tabi ♠️
    Mar 07, 2019
    hello lovely cover I want to touch you ...
  • Sonya Mukherjee
    Mar 17, 2019
    OK, Miss Sweetie is hands-down the wisest and funniest advice columnist since the Dear Sugars podcast, and I would totally listen to a Miss Sweetie podcast. But the letters are just one of the many ways that Stacey Lee packs beauty, heart, and humor into every page of this novel. I was...
  • Mónica Bustamante Wagner
    Mar 26, 2018
    omg, what a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL book! Loved the history, the wise sentences, the world, the insights, the voice. Stacey Lee's books keep getting better and better!! Oh, and I didn't even see the twists coming. :) A must-read if you like diverse, historical YA! ...
  • Jessica Taylor
    Feb 05, 2017
    If this is half as lovely as Stacey Lee's other books, I'm going to be the happiest reader in the world! ...
  • Lindsay
    Dec 14, 2018
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  • Shoshana
    Feb 08, 2019
    Wonderfully crafted historical fiction (just as Stacey Lee always seems to deliver), focusing on a time and circumstance I rarely see - particularly in YA historical. There's a lot to learn about the Chinese experience in the South in the late 1800s, facts and insights wrapped up in a ...
  • Ida
    Dec 27, 2018
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  • Sheila Grau
    Feb 19, 2019
    Another gem by Stacey Lee. I was immediately drawn into Jo's world - 1880s Atlanta. Jo is such a great character, meeting each challenge with grit and grace and humor. There are mysteries and plot twists galore, making this read incredibly entertaining and enlightening. This is masterf...
  • Ava Lee
    Oct 16, 2018
    I've been incredibly disappointed with YA novels for a long time, and I generally only read fantasy, but I LEGIT LOVED this book. I'd definitely recommend it! ...
  • Gretal
    Dec 26, 2018
    4.5 stars Wow. This was great ...
  • viktoria
    Feb 05, 2018
    pre-read/eta 2/26/18: okay, we have a new title and a new later 2019 publication date. Which I dislike but at least it's news?! pre-read: I feel like I have been desperately hoping for this book for forever, and I don't even see a publication date yet. ...
  • Charlotte Huang
    Feb 01, 2019
    What a fascinating and entertaining read! I loved getting to follow Jo Kuan (who is as witty, resourceful, and determined as they come) through her various escapades and discoveries, and was completely transported by the wonderfully unique setting and colorful cast. I also appreciated ...
  • christine ☽
    Jan 24, 2019
    i'm always here for badass girl journalists who are not afraid to address social problems! ...
  • شيماء ✨
    Mar 06, 2019
    Reasons to live: 1. This historical fiction about a badass girl journalist who, by day, works as maid for the daughter of the wealthiest man in town, and by night, secretly turns over ideas about race and gender for a newspaper advice column ...
  • Kiki Cole
    Jan 15, 2019
    Brilliant, witty, insightful, and empowering are words that describe The Downstairs Girl. This novel taught me a lot about a unfamiliar concept of America?s history. I never would have known about Asian culture in the Gilded Age if it was not for this book. This is definitely a spunk...
  • Stephanie Garber
    Jan 23, 2018
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  • Acqua
    Nov 17, 2018
    This is one of the most gorgeous covers ever ...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    May 13, 2017
    this is the type of badass journalist girl historical fiction I'm here for ...
  • Luke ( LUCI ) Peterson
    Mar 25, 2018
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  • Jenny Claiborne
    Feb 10, 2019
    LOVED it! Jo has such a unique view of life. She's brave, wise, and likeable. One of the best things about her is that she doesn't always get things right but keeps trying. Secrets abound and plot twists keep the story moving and interesting. Great read! ...
  • Aidan B
    Mar 10, 2019
    This book fucking sucked ...