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
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:374 pages pages

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  • Sarah Hannah
    Aug 16, 2019
    SO GOOD. Feminist, funny historical fiction about a slice of history and group of people I've never heard about, let alone read a novel about. Really great exploration of colorism and shame and oppression and why thinking about race in terms of black and white leaves a lot of people ou...
  • Anna
    Dec 02, 2016
    *flails* I NEED THIS IMMEDIATELY. ...
  • Kelly
    Jul 25, 2019
    It's 1890 Atlanta. Jo, who is unafraid to speak her mind, lives with Old Gin -- a man who took her in after she was "abandoned" by her parents -- under the house of a local publisher who is unaware that they live there. When Jo overhears the folks upstairs talking about how agony aunt ...
  • nick
    Aug 27, 2019
    Stacey Lee is one of those authors who crafts simple stories that manage to be poignant and evocative. As a huge fan of Stacey Lee's backlist, I have been eagerly anticipating the release of The Downstairs Girl. It was another excellent book from this author that managed to be fresh,...
  • 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 ...
  • Dahlia
    Jul 13, 2019
    Stacey Lee continues to be the absolute queen of diverse historical YA and I will hear nothing otherwise. Completely devoured this one and loved it just as much as the others, which is saying a lot. ...
  • Julie
    Aug 26, 2019
    I cried at the end. Such a lovely book! ...
  • Sophie
    Sep 02, 2019
    I received a copy of this for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was delightful! It takes place in 1890s Atlanta, in a period where a lot was going on. The Reconstruction had ended, Jim Crow laws were beginning to take place, it was in the middle of the ...
  • 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! ...
  • Clephiro (The Book Coven)
    Aug 20, 2019
    Yeah, wow. I don't even know what to say about this one. Set in the 1890s in the Southern United States, Stacey Lee is not pulling punches on my feelings. Jo, a Chinese American woman, decides to write an agony aunt column for the local paper. The "Miss Sweetie" column takes off and Jo...
  • c,
    Aug 05, 2019
    ?No. What is this victory?? ?It?s knowing your worth no matter what the crows tell you. Victory is waiting for us. We have to be bold enough to snatch it.? On my blog. Rep: Chinese mc, black side characters CWs: racial slurs, violence, mentions of incest Galle...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    Jul 03, 2019
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight . This is such a lovely book! I have loved every Stacey Lee book I have read, and this one is certainly no different. It combines all the best things: family, friendship, fi...
  • Anna Luce
    Sep 15, 2019
    ????? 4 stars ?Their words comforted me on many a lonely night and made me feel like part of a family. ? The Downstairs Girl is a compelling and poignant novel that follows seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan, a Chinese American living in 1890s Atlanta. The story explor...
  • USOM
    May 03, 2019
    (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) The Downstairs Girl hits the right spot. Stacey Lee's books always make me wonder what I would have done if I was in the protagonist's place and The Downstairs Girl ...
  • Lola
    Aug 09, 2019
    After reading a book with protagonists that did not inspire any reaction in me but one of absolute indifference, it felt almost magical to read a story with a character that absolutely popped off the page and claimed her rightful place as the heroine of this book. I live for these type...
  • Camryn
    Sep 06, 2019
    This was so good! I spent the whole day reading it because I couldn?t put it down. So many feels. So many. I was in tears by the end, but in a good way. ...
  • Kate
    Aug 22, 2019
    4/5stars I really liked this!! This was a book I was highly anticipating this year and it did not disappoint! The writing was good, the plot was interesting, there was hardly a romance and the character focused much more on herself and her fam than a boy, and it was very interesting...
  • Kate (GirlReading)
    Aug 14, 2019
    Apparently historical fiction novels following badass teen journalist using their voices to stick it to societal norms and shine a light on injustice is absolutely my kryptonite. Jo Kuan (with the help of Stacey Lee) proves the power words can hold and the changes that can unfold w...
  • Chaima ✨ 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 ...
  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    Sep 07, 2019
    This had a lot of things I loved and the writing was flawless. Jo had potential to be a huge issue for me. I can't stand timid girls who just accept abuse and being put down. While Jo is definitely not a loud modern feminist, she was a likeable character that I just couldn't not be ...
  • 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...
  • Lou
    Aug 11, 2019
    The Downstairs Girl, in my opinion, cements Stacey Lee's status at the top of the young-adult historical fiction tree; she can always be relied on to write a truly engrossing, high-quality tale. The year is 1890, and Chinese-American teenager Jo Kuan has just lost her job at a milliner...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    May 13, 2017
    this is the type of badass journalist girl historical fiction I'm here for ...
  • Lea ♞ That_Bookdragon
    Sep 18, 2019
    5/5 ? "The tricky thing about giving opinions is that sometimes they cost you more than you wanted to spend." I think it is safe to say that The Downstairs Girl is one of my favorite books of 2019. I first heard about it thanks to Booktube and quickly became obsessed with g...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    Sep 06, 2019
    Five shining, rebellious, upstanding, remarkable, powerful, emotional stars! I loved this book because it?s about two things that I love the most: Words and changing! WORDS are the bridges provide connection between people. WORDS could get your feet off the ground and give yo...
  • Kactus
    Aug 30, 2019
    I put off writing this review. This book completely fumbled its amazing premise, crashed and burned. Will I ever find a book with good Chinese rep? SPOILERS here, but this book was spoiled goods from the beginning anyway. Some thoughts: > The protagonist spends most of the ...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    Aug 11, 2019
    Amazing, as expected and as always. ...
  • Sol ~ TheBookishKing
    Aug 23, 2019
    This is such a beautiful book (inside and out.) I forgot how much I truly love Historical Fiction & this just reminded me how fantastic they can be !! There?s so many twists and turns and that whole last half was just crazy! I definitely recommend this and RTC (soon.) ...
  • Rukky
    Aug 18, 2019
    LOVED IT!!! Review to come ...