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Mismatch

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  280 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Sue Hua just moved from racially diverse Seattle to a suburban white-bread town where she feels like the only Asian American for miles. Then she meets Andy, a handsome and passionate violin player who happens to be Asian American. Sue feels an instant attraction to Andy, and her white friends think they’re “made for each other”–after all, they both use chopsticks and eat a ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published February 14th 2006)
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Alyssa
Thought this book was pretty stupid, superficial, and unfocused. I read it because I had liked the author's An Ocean Apart, A World Away, but it was nothing like that at all. A waste of time. Don't bother to read it...
Philip
Meh. I could go either way on this one.

I didn't care about the first half of the book, but I thought it ended well.

The two main characters got on my nerves throughout most of the story. She was whiny, he was a putz. The back and forth - "Can we really go out? I'm Japanese you're Chinese," continued incessantly to the point where of me gnawing off my pinky finger. (I learned from this book that members of the Yakuza - the Japanese mafia - will cut off their pinky finger as penance if they make a
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Robbin
Whew. Where to even start with this book...

Okay, some good things. Let's go with that. It is a pretty accurate portrayal of (what I feel) anyone from America with absolutely no background on Japan would react. The final couple of chapters tie together the differences between being Asian and American, whether you're Japanese or Chinese or Korean or -- well, come on, I use Asian-American in the broadest sense. It's not like if you're Japanese-American you feel the distance between the two cultures
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Ryan Yin
This book had a good message, but I believe that it wasn't written that well. Personally, I think that this book moves too quickly. It only take a little time for Sue and Andy to become boyfriend and girlfriend, and Grandma Mei forgives Andy way to quickly. Frankly, I don't think modern romance really fits the message of the book. It probably would have been more meaningful in a different situation. Another thing is that they only visit Tokyo, it probably would have been better to be able to vie ...more
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Haven't heard much about Lensey Namioka but still decided to try her out in case I'd become fond of her writing since I'm trying to get my hands on every Asian YA lit that I can. I recently got two books of hers, this one and An Ocean Apart..., but I decided to pick this up first because the cover is, err, dandy, and I was digging that one of the protagonists was of Japanese heritage, since I have this obsession about anything Japanese. The story wasn't all that bad, really - in fact, not bad at ...more
Dan
Sep 21, 2008 Dan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Dan by: Mrs. Jones
I thought that Mismatch was a good book I rated it a 4. It really made me want to read more of it when the chapter ended and I was supposed to stop. Mismatch is a book that mainly deals with racism. Because of a war about 80 years ago two freshmen in high school can’t date each other. The war was between the Chinese and the Japanese. Sue is Chinese and Andy is Japanese but because of their families don’t like the other they can’t date. Grandma Mei, Sue’s grandma was a child during the Japanese i ...more
Stephanie
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Judy
Jun 22, 2012 Judy marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Read a few pages of this and could not bring myself to continue. I felt like I was being told this or that and then being forced to see the world through a very specific lens, and not permitted to draw conclusions on my own.

Didn't interest me enough to read more.

Too bad. The story was interesting to me.
Kevin Meng
In this book, I think that I can learn a great deal of lessons, discrimination and the understanding of ancestry and culture. I enjoy reading this, because of the conflicts that clash within the book. YOu can see that people sometimes share unfounded animosity towards other simply because of their heritage. But the book also explains that love is universal and has no discrimination. Even natural and supposed enemies can fall in love. The cons and "let-downs" of this book is the strength of the c ...more
Jay
Sep 21, 2008 Jay rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a friend
Recommended to Jay by: my teacher
Mismatch

I thought that the book was good because of how two cultures come together and the parents don’t like Japanese people and Chinese people either. My other thought about the book was it was a very good book and it made me want to read more because I liked the book. The best part was when they went to Japan and played in the orchestra because they thought that they might not go when they all heard about it because the school doesn’t have enough money to go on this trip. My other favorite p
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Sofia
Sep 22, 2008 Sofia rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults
Recommended to Sofia by: my teacher
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Devin
Sep 22, 2008 Devin rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like stupid books
Recommended to Devin by: Mrs.Jones
Shelves: okay-books
Mismatch is a book about two Asian-Americans who like each other but their families fight since they one person is Japanese and the other is Chinese. Sue, the Chinese girl, liked Andy, the Japanese boy, when she first saw him. Then she learned he is Japanese. This is bad since Sue’s grandma had vivid memories of Japanese raiding her house and breaking her clay doll. Then Sue and Andy start going to lunch as friends to a sandwich shop after music for weeks. Then Andy asks Sue out thinking it be a ...more
Karmpal Dhillon

Mismatch
I think Mismatch was a good book because now I know a little bit more about the Japanese and Chinese culture. This book was interesting. It was mostly about Japanese and Chinese people how they hated each other. Sue and Andy first liked each other from school and then they started going to hero’s every single day after practice or either after school. Hero’s was a sand which place. They both played the violin. One day when their grandmother Mei came at dinner. They were sitting and gra
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Grace C
Sep 21, 2008 Grace C rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my parents
Recommended to Grace by: teacher
Mismatch is about a Chinese American girl who moves to Seattle. Sue meets a boy who she thought was Chinese before she heard his last name was Japanese. Sue new this was going to be a problem because her Grandma Mei did not like the Japanese because when she was little the Japanese invaded China. So when Sue’s grandma Mei found out about Andy she was furious.
Sue was in the school orchestra with Andy. They went to Japan for their concert. Andy thought it would be like going home but when he got t
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Conner
Sep 30, 2008 Conner rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People not dogs
Recommended to Conner by: Mrs. Jones (Jessie Jones)
Mismatch is a book about these to kids named Andy and Sue. Andy is Japanese American and Sue is Chinese American they obviously are different nationalities and they realize that. Once they do Sue is afraid that her parents wont appreciate that she likes a person with the same nationality as the Chinese had a war with that is Japanese. So Sue keeps it away from her parents so they don’t find out but before a while her sister Rochelle finds out that they like each other and she makes a big deal ab ...more
Christina
Sep 22, 2008 Christina rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my friends
Recommended to Christina by: my teacher


Mismatch is about a Chinese American girl named Sue who has just moved to Seattle and has met a boy that she seemed to like named Andy who she thought was also Chinese American, until she heard his last name and found that he was Japanese. Sue new that this was going to be a problem because her grandma Mei did not like Japanese because when she was a little girl the Japanese invaded China. So when Sue's grandma Mei found out about Andy she was diffidently not happy.
Sue and Andy both played in t
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Trisa Ibarra
Apr 13, 2008 Trisa Ibarra rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls who liked Romeo and Juliet.
This book is about a Chinese-American girl named Sue. She lives in the Seattle suburbs and transfers to a new school. She tries out for the schools orchestra and totally crushes on a violinist named Andy. Later she finds out two things: Andy is Japanese-American and that the Orchestra is traveling to Japan. Sue's grandmother has a deep hatred for Japanese and Japan in general. She lived in China when Japan invaded and witnessed her parents being beaten and a special doll of hers being smashed. S ...more
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Steven Shane
Lensey Namioka has structured a chrysanthemum of cultural relations with her bildingsroman. The blooming begins with the attraction between two students of differing cultural heritage. As they introduce their relationship across the generations of their family, complexities of cultural borderlands are presented in an increasing delineation of perceptual, normative and social adjustments. Historical repercussions of race relations are vivified between Sue and Andy. The two want to connect their i ...more
Jessica P.
Nov 18, 2008 Jessica P. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers
Recommended to Jessica P. by: J-Lynn Van Pelt
Mismatch is about two young teenagers who both have a love for music. Sue, a Chinese American girl, comes from a family that believes the Japanese are monsters. Andy, a Japanese American boy, comes from a family that believes the Chinese are a dirty, backward people. The two teens fight to keep their relationship a secret, but when the school orchestra holds meetings about their upcoming trip to Tokyo, they can hide it no longer. Find out what happens to these teens in love, and see if the famil ...more
Jinbin
Sue and Andy are both musicians in their school orchestra. They start to develop feelings for each other. However, there is one thing that is preventing them to be together. Sue is a Chinese-American while Andy is a Japanese American. Sue's mother dislikes the Japanese due to her grandmother's influence while Andy's father dislikes the Chinese. With their family's influence, Sue and Andy struggles in their decision of meeting each other's family.

While I was reading this book, it reminds me of Ro
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Jessica
Written by Lensey Namioka, author of Ties That Bind, Ties that Break, and An Ocean Apart, A World Away, Mismatch tells the experience of Sue moving into a new neighborhood from an urban environment in Seattle. While Sue adjusts to the new school, Sue and her boyfriend Andy have to overcome the stereotypes that their families have about the Chinese and Japanese. The relationship between Sue and Andy could not let their families know since Andy’s family could not tolerate the Chinese and Sue’s gra ...more
Elise
I enjoyed reading this book. I didn't like how it was written in third person and it was telling you how the characters felt and that this is happening in their lives. I think that if it wasn't written that way I could have enjoyed reading it but at times the writing felt awkward and that ruined it for me too. When the author kept switching and would end a chapter but then start the next with the same scene and I thought couldn't she have found another way to do that I just read about this! It w ...more
Faith Bradham
3 1/2 stars
My sister Jessica got about 15 pages into this before throwing it away in disgust, calling it ill-written and boring. But I liked it! It might be that I love to learn about different cultures, so all of the information I learned about Japan and relationships between the Chinese and Japanese fascinated me. But I'd like to think that the story-line was good as well. It was certainly cute, but that's not really a compliment. I'll admit that the stories their relatives, etc. tell are more
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Roop
Sep 30, 2008 Roop rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: emo peolpe....warning not a book for punjabis
Recommended to Roop by: MY TEACHER
This book is about a Chinese-American girl named sue from Seattle, who was transfers to her new school. She joins the musica grop and she falls in love with a violinist named Andy. Later on she finds out that Andy is Japanese-American, and now she can't date him because of her grandma and her family. Her grandma hates Japaneses because of her childhood, she witnessed her mom and dad geting beaten up, and her doll being smashed and being laugh at when Japnaneses invaded China. So Sue's mom and da ...more
Elizabeth Lawas
i think this book is one of those "feel good" books. IYKWIM. it's not the worst and not the best either. i finished this book in less than 2 hrs, it's actually light and kind of funny.
Cedric Landree
Sep 23, 2008 Cedric Landree rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Cedric by: my teacher
I liked this book alot. It was very interesting to me to learn about some of the Japanese and Chinese culture. The book was great ,and i was always wanting to find out how Andy and Sue would get thier family's to stop predjudisim against the other nation. The book is about Sue Hua and Andy Suzuki who go to a High school in America. Andy plays violin and Sue play the viola in the school orchastra. They are the only Asian american's in thier school. Thier friends think that they would get along gr ...more
Candy
This was an excellent book to not only reflect upon the relationship of young adults struggling with their families values and ideals about another culture, but it is great for young students to relate to. It does not get too complicated in the relationship and keeps it very appropriate for even upper elementary students to relate to. It offers a great spring board for discussion about stereotyping, hatred and misconceptions. This can be used in a multitude of facets in the classroom, especially ...more
Susie
This was a nice, light treatment of ethnic stereotyping and prejudice. The story is about Andy Suzuki (Japanese-American) and Sue Hua (Chinese-American), who meet in orchestra at high school and start a sweet romance. The conflict arises because Sue's family is very anti Japanese going back to the Japanese invasion of China during WW2, and Andy's father's impression of the Chinese as a backward people. There is a fun description of the orchestra's trip to play in Tokyo. I really liked this book ...more
Laurie
"Not all Asian-Americans are the same" is the message of this book, which does have a definite message, but is nevertheless a pleasant and thoughtful teen romance. Set in the Seattle area, and includes the high school orchestra trip to Tokyo with some nice Tokyo details.

(I don't usually star books, but I'm starring this one because I liked it and I think it should have a higher rating; it appears to have an unusually high proportion of reviews by students who were assigned to read it and write a
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Namioka was born in Beijing, the daughter of linguist Yuenren Chao and physician Buwei Yang Chao. The family moved often in China. In 1937, the Chaos were living in Nanjing, and fled westward in the face of the Japanese Invasion. They eventually made their way to Hawaii, then Cambridge, Massachusetts. Namioka attended grade school in Cambridge and excelled at mathematics.

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