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Miss Fortune Cookie

3.46  ·  Rating Details  ·  349 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
Disregard all previous good fortunes.

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 plu
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Henry Holt
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Ren nerdychampagne

I am literally graduating in less than twelve hours. I'M FREAKING OUT.


This book tells us that everything, one way or another, are connected. So no matter how hard you try to hide that little secret of yours, it’ll get out in due time.

Overall, the story was unique, humorous, stupidly sweet, and real. It was a lovely story of friendship, truth, family, and just all kinds of relationships. In case you’re feeling down and con
Feb 02, 2013 Cindy rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen, flc-2013
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
Mary Kate
Jan 02, 2013 Mary Kate rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 17, 2014 Estelle rated it really liked it
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
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
Dec 04, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it
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
Dec 17, 2012 Cherie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Quinn

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
Jan 26, 2013 Celeste_pewter rated it really liked it
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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 (The Cover Contessa)
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: 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
Emz Chang
Dec 09, 2012 Emz Chang rated it really liked it
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
Henry Circle
Dec 10, 2012 Henry Circle rated it really liked it

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
Kathy Martin
Nov 14, 2012 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it
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
Mar 30, 2013 Lo rated it it was ok
Shelves: yes-and-no, 2013, own
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
Dec 12, 2012 Bree rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2012
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
May 25, 2013 Leanne rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 01, 2016 Aylea rated it really liked it
This review published by Brigham Young University's The Children's Book and Media Review

Erin desperately wants to be Chinese because of how many Chinese friends she has, so she secretly runs a popular advice blog called Miss Fortune Cookie. When one of her best friends sends a letter to the blog and then acts on the advice, Erin feels like she needs to fix what happens afterward. As she and her friends are dealing with romance, parents, and choosing which college to go to after they graduate, E
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.
Sep 24, 2015 Emilee rated it liked it
Meet Erin…narrator of the story, incredibly smart, Senior at Lowell High, witty, only child of a whimsical single mom. She secretly write a blog called Miss Fortune Cookie. It’s an advice column.
Meet Mei…a Korean head strong equally smart girl whose mother dominates her. She secretly has a boyfriend because her mother wouldn’t approve. She gets accepted to Harvard and Stanford and want to go to Stanford to be near her man Darren.
Meet Linny-an eccentric teen who organizes a protest. She beats to
Feb 28, 2013 Ash rated it liked it
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
Nov 19, 2012 Lauren Morrill rated it really liked it
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!
May 11, 2013 Sienna rated it it was amazing
it has great advice
Raven R.
Sep 17, 2015 Raven R. rated it really liked it
Well this book was kind of cute.

I can definitely tell that I'm getting older because the problems these girls had were super stupid. I mean... Harvard accepted you and you don't want to go because of some boy? Seriously? You're upset because of some misunderstanding but instead of confronting your friend about it you avoid it and get all passive aggressive about it? Bitch, you gonna get smacked. Some girl's all pissy because her friends are all going to Ivy League schools but she can't because
Katie G
This book had so much potential. The characters were interesting. The writing was solid. Erin, Mei, and Linny were struggling with the sorts of issues that a lot of teenagers deal with, especially their senior year. Mei's mother wants her to go to Harvard, but she wants to be with her boyfriend. Linny wants to go to college with her best friend Erin, and Erin wants to make sure that her mom is okay when she goes off to college. Had it stuck to these issues, the book would have been great.

But the
Joy Sallegue
Full review on The Bookshelf Intruder

I consider myself lucky for having read Miss Fortune Cookie by Lauren Bjorkman. This book was a pleasant surprise, a gem that YA fans should read.

There's just so much to love about this book. First off, the main character, Erin, is smart, funny, and kind. She goes to a school for academically gifted students, she resides in a Chinese neighborhood in San Francisco, and she runs a wonderful anonymous advice blog called Miss Fortune Cookie. She is Miss Fortune
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
Jan 04, 2013 Sandra rated it it was ok
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
Jan 05, 2013 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Ms. Schutte
Nov 24, 2013 Ms. Schutte rated it liked it
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
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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.

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