Review: Chocolate Chocolate: The True Story of Two Sisters, Tons of Treats, and the Little Shop That Could

Posted: 13/09/2015 in book reviews, books
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Chocolate Chocolate: The True Story of Two Sisters, Tons of Treats, and the Little Shop That Could
Chocolate Chocolate: The True Story of Two Sisters, Tons of Treats, and the Little Shop That Could by Frances Park
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Content warnings: Mentions of Korean war, mentions of poverty, lots of talk about food, slight slut shaming, mentions of sex, mentions of death

Ok so I’m kind of a sucker for memoir type books. I really am. This book was no exception. I really enjoyed reading it. And it was really cool reading about their parent’s struggles before they came to the U.S.

So this book highlights the lives of two Korean American sisters on the East Coast and their struggle to open their own chocolate shop in the 1980s. It gives background on their Korean parents and how they fared both before and after the Korean war, their eventual winding up in America(though that’s more or less kind of glossed over), their meeting, and a brief overview of their lives together until the death of their father.

The book reminisces on their father and his life quite a bit. It also talks about the girls opening the chocolate shop, the types of chocolates they sold, their experience at a confectionary convention in New York, the trials and tribulations of owning your own no name store (no name meaning not part of a large corporation), dealing with contractors and real estate people, as well as getting loans from the bank, a bit of info on some of their customers as well as nicknames they gave them, and talks about them writing books together.

I really like that they stuck to their guns when it came to writing and selling the story of their mother’s life and how they refused to change the ending into a happily ever after. Especially since not all stories are happily ever afters. It was sad to hear about what happened to their mother’s mother but things do happen especially in countries that have had wars. At least though the mother got some sort of closure about what happened to her mother.

All in all this was a very good book that I’d definitely recommend. That during some of the chocolate descriptions gave me a toothache from how sweet they sounded. And if you’re interested in chocolate this is a pretty good book too.

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