I found this book hidden in a 50% Off box of books and figured paying $7 for it would not be a regret, and it wasn't! It starts off quirky and witty,I found this book hidden in a 50% Off box of books and figured paying $7 for it would not be a regret, and it wasn't! It starts off quirky and witty, bringing you in on some interest with the characters because they're all just a little "off." And then it gets personal. Despite the simplicity of the writing, there's a sorrow elegance to it and through the almost inventory-esque description of the characters, you can realize the sadness that resides in all of them. So then it becomes incredibly compelling to get to know these people, to understand them for who they are. Amongst it is a love story to keep things flowing, but it's far from ordinary. Expected, sure, but certainly not traditional. This book was refreshing. ...more
I bought this book for $4 when I was fourteen and it was perhaps one of the books that made me write my characters as honestly as I could make them. SI bought this book for $4 when I was fourteen and it was perhaps one of the books that made me write my characters as honestly as I could make them. Second time around, six years later, and the magic isn't entirely destroyed, but it isn't entirely there either.
It's a RomCom, to put it simply. Follows the formula and everything, so it's not something to be all, "I will be reading the greatest novel of time!" It's Coffee & Kung Fu, a book where you follow the snarky life of a redhead raised in the Philippines, in love with kung fu movies starring Jackie Chan, and awkwardly trying to understand why every damn relationship in the novel is failing. No. Seriously. There's just barely a happy ending when it comes to love in this book, which is weird since it's a RomCom.
Yet, despite its formulaic ways, it's still a fun read. I liked it when I was 14 and I like it now. I take it lightheartedly. Something to say, "Yeah, you'll learn a kung fu lesson while the narrator describes some foreplay action going on." Not to say that kung fu themes are being exploited--the contrary. Pretty sure the author, Karen Brichoux, has plenty in common with the narrator, so descriptions are in detail about both the Philippines, Hong Kong, and every movie described--with consideration that it's a novel here, not a broadcast for educational learning. You'll learn whether you want to or not. (But you'll want to)
All in all, a nice summer read. Despite it being about winter holidays. Details......more