Chinese Cinderella

The book of the unwanted daughter


Adeline Yen Mah


China, Thailand, and boarding school

Character Analysis

Adeline is a very hard worker. She was promoted to a higher grade than her classmates because she was determined to succeed. She wants her family to love her. She one medals and wore them to dinner so her dad would notice her, even though she knew that her siblings would bully her and take her desert. She is a very lonely girl. During holiday break she never left her boarding school.


Rising action: Adeline is tortured during her childhood by her parents and her siblings. When she was at boarding school her dad ran away and forgot about her.

Climax: She was stuck at school over holiday break and she found a competition in a magazine and entered. Later in the newspaper she found out that she had one 1st place.

Falling action: Adelines dad found out and she got to go to college in London with her third brother.

Resolution: After college she becomes a doctor and an amazing author.


From the beginning, Adeline Yen Mah had a horrible life; she was tortured in every way. The only people who loved her were her Grandma, Grandpa, and Aunt Baba. therefore she had little to no support. She had a very lonely life, but she worked very hard. She persevered and her determination helped her succeed at Oxford University in England. Then she became a doctor and wrote about her experiences.