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:304 pages pages

The Downstairs Girl Reviews

  • Janssen
    May 18, 2019
    I LOVED this historical fiction YA novel set in Atlanta at the turn of the 19th century. Full review coming when the book releases. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Anne
    May 28, 2019
    Jo is a Chinese American girl living in Atlanta in the 1890's. She was dismissed from a milliner's shop, even though she did very good work there. Her adoptive Chinese father, Old Gin, has found her a position as a lady's maid for a girl her age in a very wealthy family where he is a g...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Maureen
    Jul 07, 2019
    This was a solid historical novel that features Jo Kuan, a Chinese American girl living in 1890's Atlanta. Lee does a very good job of illustrating the plight of the Chinese in the south, where they are not so much discriminated against as they are almost invisible. Jo and her guardian...
  • 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...
  • Kip
    Apr 24, 2019
    My favorite Stacey Lee novel yet, and I've loved them all! This book has everything--from the gorgeous cover with a historical Asian girl (!!!!!) to the incredible historical details like those found in every Stacey Lee book to Jo herself, one of my new favorite heroines. What a resili...
  • ♠️ 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...
  • Wendy
    Jul 09, 2019
    I?ve praised Stacey Lee?s books everywhere since her debut Under a Painted Sky in 2015, and I was really, really excited to dive into her latest novel, The Downstairs Girl, set in Atlanta in 1890. Below are some thoughts on aspects of the book that I loved. The Downstairs Girl w...
  • Bethany
    May 04, 2019
    Jo Kuan is one of only very few Chinese living in post-reconstruction Atlanta. She and her surrogate father, Old Gin, live in a "between" place: not as bad as African-Americans but certainly not white. It makes life a challenge, but Jo takes it with stride, working hard and trying to f...
  • 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! ...
  • Audrey
    Jun 30, 2019
    Stacey Lee always finds interesting historical facts about people who have been erased from history. She then researches and writes these stories, mostly from an Asian American point of view, since most people don?t realize that the Chinese have been in the US since the early 1800s. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jill booksandescape
    May 28, 2019
    I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for review. The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee follows Jo Kuan, a seventeen-year-old girl who works as a lady's maid to the cruel Caroline, daughter of one of the richest men in Atlanta. Jo is also the anonymous a...
  • Emma
    Jun 25, 2019
    Dear Stacey Lee, Please never stop writing YA historical fiction. Most Sincerely, Besotted With Your Books ...
  • Liz Friend
    May 03, 2019
    The story: Jo & her adopted father live in a hidden space under the printer's house, trying to go unnoticed in 1890s Atlanta--which is tough if you're Chinese. When she hears that the upstairs neighbors need an advice columnist, she volunteers anonymously--and her column, Miss Swee...
  • 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! ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Sarah Van
    May 27, 2019
    I could not put this book down, it was so good. I was immediately pulled into the story of Jo Kuan and the history of the Chinese in a black/white south. The writing is fabulous and I adore books that leave me wanting to quote them, so here, have a few lovely nuggets from this fantasti...