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Meet Erin. Smart student, great daughter, better friend. Secretly the mastermind behind the popular advice blog Miss Fortune Cookie. Totally unaware that her carefully constructed life is about to get crazy.

It all begins when her ex-best friend sends a letter to her blog—and then acts on her advice. Erin’s efforts to undo the mess will plunge her into adventure, minor felo...more
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Mary Kate
Smart is going to cause problems in life. That's what this book shows. It shows that no matter how smart you are, you will love, you will have family problems, and you will make mistakes. This story is one of one true fact. Love for family. Mei wants to respect her family and go to Harvard. Love for boys. But she would rather go to Stanford to be closer to her loving boyfriend. Erin becomes close to Wayland while trying to help me. And most of all love for friends. Mei, Erin, and Linny have prob...more
Estelle
Apr 17, 2014 Estelle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Estelle by: The Story Siren
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

Miss Fortune Cookie was such a pleasant surprise for many reasons but here are a few that stood out:

- It talked about how to deal with the challenges of threesome friendships in a way where each girl had a different (and well-established connection) with each other. (This is so rare.)
The challenges of choosing colleges especially when you want to stay close to your best friends and aren’t ready to make that leap out of your comfort zone quite yet...more
Amelia
Originally posted on The Authoress: Book Review and More.

I picked up Miss Fortune Cookie in response to seeing it everywhere -- on blogs, on people's profile picture, on Goodreads status updates. Out of sheer irritation, I looked it up to see what the heck all the commotion was about, and I was surprised to see that it looked like a very promising, cute book. I immediately checked it out from my local library and buzzed in anticipation for the moment when I would finally be able to read it. It w...more
Liviania
Erin attends the prestigious Lowell High School, along with her best friends Mei and Linny. In just a few days they'll know which colleges they got in to, but the girls aren't sure where they want to go. Then Mei writes to advice blogger Miss Fortune Cookie and decides to follow her advice. But Erin is secretly Miss Fortune Cookie and not certain she gave her friend the best counsel.

I really enjoyed MISS FORTUNE COOKIE. Erin is a terrific main character. She jumps to conclusions, interferes in o...more
Cherie
What a breath of fresh air. No vampires, no shape-shifters, no angels, demons, fairies or any other supernatural creatures. No teenage sex, no crazy partying, no love triangle, or any of the other gimmicks used so often in YA lit. And, you know what? I didn't miss any of it! This is true realistic fiction. The story revolves around Erin, the anonymous writer of an advice blog called Miss Fortune Cookie, and her two Chinese-American friends, Mei and Linny. They are seniors in high school whose b...more
Frishawn Rasheed

Miss Fortune Cookie presents readers with a story of three charming young women transitioning from high school students, unquestioningly obedient daughters, and best friends; to free thinking young adults, ready to challenge expectations and follow their own diverging paths.

The thing that makes this story stand out is the fact that the narrator Erin, presents her world to readers from the point of view of an outsider looking in. She is Caucasian, and though she was born in China and now lives in...more
Cindy
I enjoyed this but had some problems with it. It's cute and has some nice messages about what it means to be a good friend and a good daughter. If there's a moral to this story, it's that it pays to be honest with your loved ones and to trust them to ultimately do right by you.

On the one hand, I enjoyed the idea of a white young woman being the outsider and trying to be accepted into what would be considered a minority group elsewhere in the country. On the other...I found Erin's attempts to fit...more
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Wandering Librarians
Erin has a secret. She is the anonymous writer behind the Miss Fortune Cookie advice blog, which is only growing in popularity. Erin and her two best friends, Linny and Mei, are anxiously waiting to hear where they got into college. Mei has a serious problem. Her mother has wanted her to go to Harvard since her birth, but Mei wants to go to Stanford to stay near her boyfriend. Mei writes a letter to Miss Fortune Cookie asking for advice, and when she takes Erin's advice, Erin feels terrible. Try...more
Brooke
I want to thank Henry Holt and Company and the author, Laren Bjorkman for providing me with an ARC of this book to read and give an honest review. This book was read and reviewed as part of the book tour taking place through the following tour site: http://www.crossroadreviews.com/. Obtaining this book for free has in no way influenced my thoughts.

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Meet Erin. Smart student, great daughter, better friend. Secretly the mastermind behind the popular advice blog Miss Fortune Cook...more
Emz Chang
Before I say anything, let me say that I normally don't read hat many contemporary, realistic fiction books. Those of you who have visited this blog before know that I am a fan of fantasy and paranormal books. Books where things happen that you can only dream of. Not books that you can dream but have a little chance of happening, like becoming prom queen and having a happy ever after with your king.

Miss Fortune Cookie is about a girl, Erin, with a blog. That was what initially drew me to the boo...more
Henry Circle

What a breath of fresh air Erin is! She's not the usual brooding, complicated protagonist we get in so many young adult contemporary novels. She seems to genuinely love her school, her friends, her mom. Life in general! Her friends aren't quite as bubbly and content. They are more caught up in typical teen issues of romance and identity so it seems natural that Erin should give her conflicted friends a little push in the right direction. When Erin feels her Miss Fortune Cookie advice might have...more
Kathy Martin
This was a fun contemporary story told through the eyes of a high school senior at an elite public school. It is the story of friendship and cultural differences and understandings and misunderstandings.

Erin and Mei were friends from early childhood who went a bit astray from each other in eighth grade. Now they are reunited along with a new friend Linny in high school. While Erin was born in China and has lived in San Francisco's Chinatown since she was very small, she is actually Irish but say...more
Lo
As a Chinese-American kid myself, I know that there aren't enough decent Asian-American novels out there that actually capture the truth of the Chinese-American family. This novel, though a fine attempt, was based mostly on stereotypes.

I obviously can't expect the author to get the way Chinese people (the ones who immigrated from China after childhood) speak English exactly right; I can't even get that right, and I live with these people. But honestly, quoting Confucius and having the Chinese mo...more
Bree
I really enjoyed reading this book…it’s true “young adult” without all the gimmicks that the genre brings. 3 girls are about to graduate from high school, they’re worried about their grades, which universities they will be accepted to and, of course, boys.

I loved Erin’s character – she was a little bit sweet, a little bit sassy and VERY funny. She’s the kind of girl that I’d actually want to be friends with if she wasn’t a character in a book. Mei and Linny were a good addition to the story, mos...more
Leanne
Reading this book brought back wonderful memories! Like the main character, Erin, I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area Area and went to Lowell High (Go Cardinals!). I totally found myself going "Yup, that's what it was like" with the academics, the pushy, hopeful parents, and the accepting, but crazy at times city atmosphere. The best thing was that I could relate to the Irish, brought-up Chinese Erin, since I am full Chinese myself, but look as if I'm of mixed descent, and had friends questi...more
Molli Moran
Really cute story. Would have liked a bit more development in some of the characters, and in the romance, but overall MISS FORTUNE COOKIE is a sweet, nice book that I was able to read quickly. It's one of those that you kinda fall into and doesn't ask you to do anything but sit back and enjoy the ride - and sometimes those are the best kind.
Ash
This is a little closer to a 3.5 than it is to 3. A very cute story, but some of the plot elements didn't make sense together. A full review to come some time in the next century:D
Lauren Morrill
I really enjoyed being inside Erin's head. She's smart and funny. The book gave me some serious Lane Kim flashbacks, and you know how I love Gilmore Girls!
Sienna
it has great advice
Isa
Okay, so I won this book in a giveaway, so I cherish it anyway. Because yay, I won something. Not even going to lie, I entered the giveaway because of the pretty cover and no matter how the content actually turned out, five stars in my heart just for winning and being super pretty.

I read some reviews before I got it and was marginally upset that some people were complaining that they couldn’t foresee the next events of the plot, which struck me as an odd thing to say because I feel that I don’t...more
Sandra
Oh man, this book didn't do it for me and that makes me sad because I really wanted to like it. I had two main issues with this book - first, I found Erin's relationships with her friends confusing. I don't understand why they couldn't have just been a trio of friends and why there was all this grudge-holding from fourth grade. But despite their strange friendship, I did like Erin's character. She only wanted to do what was right for her friends and for her blog followers. Most of the time I fou...more
Ms. Yingling
Erin and her friends Linny and Mei are seniors at the exclusive Lowell school in San Francisco, and are all awaiting their college acceptance letters. Erin was born in China, but is of Irish extraction, and lives in a tiny apartment with her mother, her father having died when she was small. Erin wishes she were Chinese, and is a bit jealous of her friends, who are. Mei's mother runs a restaurant and is determined that Mei will get in to Harvard; Mei is more interested in going to Stanford so sh...more
Annie
Goofy, funny, and with a fabulous cast of quirky characters. First, there's Erin--high school senior who runs a secret and very popular online advice column, has no idea where she wants to go to college, and wishes she was Asian like all her friends. Next you have Erin's two best friends--one is trying not to go to Harvard so that she can be (and possibly elope) with her secret boyfriend at Stanford, and the other is an uber-activist who also has a secret boyfriend and thinks Erin is going to ro...more
Jodie
Feb 04, 2013 Jodie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Miss Fortune Cookie is not the average read. That's why, when Lauren had asked me to review it, I kindly and gladly accepted. The story is about a girl named Erin, who happens to be of Irish descent but grew up knowing and breathing nothing but the roots of China. She wanted to fit in with her best friends and knew that she didn't. In my eyes, Erin also lacked a few social skills, even admitting to not having a boyfriend. Now for the intriguing part. She began a blog, titling it Miss Fortune Co...more
Wendolyn
Jan 01, 2013 Wendolyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teens
Recommended to Wendolyn by: Author
Shelves: young-adult
I enjoyed learning some Chinese words, and the reminders about Chinese culture and beliefs. I appreciate the references to dragon fruit and qigong; both of which I look forward to trying.

The characters of Lincoln, Shanice and Cigarette Willie were valuable additions.

The protests by Westboro Baptist Church added a personal element. The protesters visited my daughter's school as well that week. She had the opportunity to take part in the counter protest. The school provided "gay? fine with me." t-...more
Esther
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I picked up a copy of Miss Fortune Cookie at the signing Ms. Bjorkman did at Alamosa Books on Friday. I have to admit the email Alamosa sent had me intrigued. This is definitely not the usual book on my TBR list, but I went for it. My book buying sense probably knew I needed and escape after my somewhat disastrous week at work. I really enjoyed Miss Fortune Cookie. I’ve not been in the mood for much reading lately and I’ve not...more
Fran
Erin is a high-school senior who lives in a cramped apartment with her mom in San Francisco’s Chinatown. She secretly writes an advice blog called, “Miss Fortune Cookie.” Though she is not Chinese, Erin lived in China while her father worked there and feels comfortable with the Chinese culture and language. Her two best friends, Mei and Linny are Chinese-Americans and all three attend Lowell, a prestigious college preparatory public high school. Mei’s hardworking mother, Shu Fang, operates the H...more
Annette
Once in a while you just need a cute, feel good book about friendship with a helping of romance.and Miss Fortune Cookie really satisfied my craving.

Erin lives in Chinatown, was born in China, and her best friends are Chinese, so she's very familiar with Chinese culture. She wishes she was really Chinese. She's also a senior in high school and she and her friends are waiting to hear about acceptance to college.

Mei and Erin were best friends until 8th grade, when Mei abandoned Erin. Only recently...more
Skye (Skye's Scribblings)
Genre: Young Adult Light Contemporary
Rating: Teen (minor suggestive material, minor swearing)
Told: First Person Singular (Erin), Past Tense

Three Words: Simple. Zany. Instalove.

Writing: A light read with a fun voice. And I enjoyed all the Chinese references.

Setting: San Francisco. "Colorful" doesn't even begin to describe the San Fran that Lauren depicted, leading me to believe she embellished a bit - I mean, c'mon, Erin was accosted by crazy people every time she set foot outside her door!...more
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I am the author of two YA novels, MY INVENTED LIFE and MISS FORTUNE COOKIE. I also contributed a short story to the anthology THE FIRST TIME.

Though I grew up on a sail boat and loved traveling the world as a kid, I'm still afraid of the ocean. I much prefer other modes of transportation these days--plane, train, or car. Walking is best.

I love books with multi-faceted, intriguing characters. The be...more
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