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3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  316 Ratings  ·  71 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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May 11, 2008 Alyssa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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...
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
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
Nov 25, 2014 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 25, 2012 kb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 21, 2008 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  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
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.
Syd Mawyer
“His being Japanese didn’t make a difference―not to her. But it would make a huge difference to her mother and grandmother” (9). In the book, “Mismatch” by Lensey Namioka, this is a very important quote because it introduces the plot, which I actually found very interesting. This book is about two teens who are in a relationship but begin to experience problems with discrimination. The two main characters are from China and Japan, which makes it very difficult for their families to get along. I ...more
Nov 02, 2008 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: advisory-08-09
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
Sep 22, 2008 Devin rated it it was ok  ·  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
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
Karmpal Dhillon

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
Sep 30, 2008 Conner rated it did not like it  ·  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
Grace C
Sep 21, 2008 Grace C rated it liked it  ·  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
Sep 22, 2008 Christina rated it it was ok  ·  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
Sep 23, 2010 704michellew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7th-grade-books
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Sep 22, 2008 Sofia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults
Recommended to Sofia by: my teacher
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Jan 03, 2016 Anita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book a few days ago and can’t seem to stop thinking about it. To Chinese-American Sue Hua, whose grandmother’s home was raided by Japanese soldiers in the 1930s, it means hiding her Japanese-American boyfriend, Andy Suzuski, from her family. Likewise for Andy, whose father thinks the Chinese are “dirty, backwards people.” Although they see themselves as Americans first, the teen’s relationship is strained when they let their families’ beliefs guide them. Their story plays out in ...more
Trisa Ibarra
Apr 13, 2008 Trisa Ibarra rated it really liked it  ·  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
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
I'm not sure how I feel about Mismatch! There were some things I liked, and some things I didn't like.

I thought Mismatch did a great job at highlighting racism and stereotypes. I did find it to be repetitive at times, which did get frustrating, particularly by the end of the book. But at the same time, I can put the book down and walk away from it, but people who experience it can't do that, so it did get me to think about that.

I totally understand why her grandma hated the Japanese. You don't g
Sep 21, 2008 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a friend
Recommended to Jay by: my teacher

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
Jan 26, 2009 Jinbin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: advisory08-09
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
Nov 08, 2016 Ang rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mismatch is about two teenagers, Sue Hua and Andy Suzuki. According to their classmates and fellow orchestra players they are perfect for each other, and it's true Andy and Sue like each other very much. The problem? Well... Sue is Chinese and Andy is Japanese and both of their families are prejudiced against one another's races (mostly stemming from the Invasion of China by Japanese forces during WWII). This theme is carried throughout the book, however, it seems that with a little patience and ...more
Jessica P.
Nov 18, 2008 Jessica P. rated it really liked it  ·  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
This inoffensive romance for young teens has a twist: can cultural prejudices within a race doom a blossoming relationship? Sue and Andy meet in the school orchestra and are immediately drawn to each other. Sue is of Chinese descent and Andy is of Japanese background. In their predominantly white high school, everyone assumes they would naturally go together. But their classmates aren't aware that a deep-seated history between China and Japan negatively influences the views of Sue's and Andy's p ...more
Crystal Corley
I think this was a good book. Not only was it a interesting book but also it teaches you some great lessons. Like don't Jude a book by it's cover, and that not everyone is the same but everyone that's the same is perfect. Sue meets Andy at orchestra tryouts at her new school. Right away she likes him and can tell he likes her as well. The problem hits when she finds out his name, Andy Suzuki. Suzuki is a Japanese name. "After all, what's wrong with flirting with a Japanese American boy?" Sue's f ...more
Jan 04, 2012 Elise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 13, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 30, 2008 Roop rated it did not like it  ·  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
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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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