The first half of the book seemed really slow, like nothing really happened. I thought the main focus was going to be Lijuan's ball (based on the back of the book). But only the very end of the book had anything to do with the ball. Lijuan's reborn featured in a lot of the book, but the ball was only the very end. Lijuan dying but not really seemed a little too easy. I don't know why, but there it is.
this book took me 4 days to read. Not truly, since I didn't read it for a whole day, but still.