I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected to. Not that I expected to hate it or anything--perhaps I've just had poor luck with samples lately. Also I'm very picky. But this book struck a chord with me and kept me reading until the end, and I came away from it feeling satisfied. The main character has a sweet but strong voice that comes through well, although I felt that at times her swearing seemed a little out of character (I mean, far be from me to tell a writer how his characters should think, but for me it seemed out of place and jarring). There's a strong sense of both place and time, and the author does a good job of balancing the main character's love for her native Taiwan with her desire to be free of it.
So, yes. The pacing is swift, the characters are engaging, the setting is well-defined and feels true, it's nicely written and generally a pleasure to read. All in all great literary YA, and I look forward to more from this author.