I Want Candy
Fourteen-year-old Candace Ong is wasting away in wonderland—Eggroll Wonderland, the restaurant where her under-Americanized family toils in San Francisco. She loves rock candy and rock music, jelly beans and jelly shoes—and hangs with her best friend Ruby, whose wild life she envies. Candace wants more than another stifling summer stuck in the kitchen. So when a new opport...more
Don't let the cover's pink, white, and red color scheme, or chicklit-ish title, fool you. Kim Wong Keltner's I WANT CANDY is not some lighthearted, nostalgic ode to life as a teen in the '80s. Keltner explores life as experienced by fourteen-year-old Candace, who wants more from life than what the larger culture deems appropriate for someone of Chinese descent.
Candace knows the odds of her dream boyfriend, Rick Ocasek from The Cars, driving up next to her as...more
-Kim Wong Keltner may not have had the most original idea - a 14-year-old Chinese American Candace Ong wanting to find her self outside being a wait...more
And, while this is not anything close to something I'd pick out for myself, I enjoyed reading it.
It was jumpy, not deep, and no real ending - but, my mind was set on Scatter-Brain - so I was picking it up and putting it down and picking it back up... It was fate that me & I Want Candy came together at the perfect time.
It's a first person story about a teenage girl who works with her parents in a Chinese restaurant, and live above it. It's...more
The book was alright...DEFINITELY more graphic then I judged. I wouldn't reread it OR recommend it to anyone. All I learned from it is Chinese American culture and the dangers of city life. It looked more fun then the cover read. What I liked about this book is that they showed what society looks like from a young Chinese girl's point of view. I related to the constant nagging of her foreign mom warning her that she would get raped, which almost happened. I enjoyed learning about the Chinese-Ame...more
Don't let the cover's pink, white, and red color scheme, or chicklit-ish title fool you. Kim Wong Keltner's I WANT CANDY is not some lighthearted, nostalgic ode to life as a teen in the '80s. Keltner explores life as experienced by fourteen year old Candace, who wants more from life than what the lager culture deems appropriate for someone of Chinese descent.
Candace knows the odds of her dream boyfriend, Rick Ocasek from The Cars driving up next to her as sh...more
From the cover, I expected a breezy coming of age story of a girl I would grow to love. Ugh.
The book began nicely enough about an ugly duckling who had a pet duck, a pet duck which her mom made as a surprise dinner one day. Candace worked in her family's restaurants mainly as the "egg roll girl". It was a coming of age story filled with all kinds of stomach clenching scenes.
I rushed through the story not really enjoying the journey. If it were much longer, it could have really depressed me. But...more
Like many others, I grabbed this book expecting a fun, quick read.
That is not what I got.
However, this book kept me interested enough to keep reading. I will warn you, though-it's EXTREMELY graphic. It follows Candace Ong through her journey to escape the terrible fate of being the "Eggroll Girl" at Eggroll Wonderland, her family's restaurant, for the rest of her life. It's definitely funny, but it's pretty intense. Once again, it...more