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Only Uni

(Sushi #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  433 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Senior biologist Trish Sakai is ready for a change from her wild, flirtatious behavior. So Trish creates three simple rules from First and Second Corinthians and plans to follow them to the letter. No more looking at men as possible dates, especially non-Christians. Second, tell others about Christ. And third, she will persevere in hardship by relying on God. And just to m ...more
Paperback, 367 pages
Published February 24th 2008 by Zondervan Publishing Company
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Jan 31, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, e-books
To be honest, I struggled a bit to connect with Trish. Her rules sounded a bit far fetched, her personality to me came across as a bit cold and the situations she found herself in, though humorous, a bit unrealistic. But I am glad I stuck through to the end. The surprising twist close to the end brought emotion to Trish’s story and the lessons she learned about God, though true, is something a lot of us struggles with ourselves.

"You don't have to be perfect to serve God."

The grandmother of hers
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Only Uni, the sequel to Sushi for One, is as zany and hilarious as Camy Tang's first novel of the Sushi Series. Continuing the saga of the Sakai cousins, this novel focuses on bad girl Trish who has decided to turn her life around and place her focus where it should be - on God. But in Job-like style, everything around Trish goes wrong and she begins to doubt whether she is "good enough" for God. It is only when she finally understands that she is truly forgiven for her past that Trish begins to ...more
Deborah White
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I began reading this series I thought it was an accident or just by chance. I never thought that I would feel God speaking to me through this book but by the time I finished this book I was in tears from how God moved through Camy in this book. This book touched me on many levels and I never wanted this story to be over but because it is a story it is over and that gives me a chance to change my life and to thank Camy for allowing God to use her and to write so many great books! If you are ...more
Has does a girl who has made poor choices, like Trish Sakai, get her life back on track with God? That is what is explored in this Only Uni, the 2nd in the Sushi series. There is an easiness in the way the story is told even when dealing with awkward or difficult situations. This book ranges from laugh-out-oud funny to gutwrenching. I preferred Only Uni to the 1st, Sushi for One, even though the first was funnier. The decisions Trish makes as she dedicates to living with our Lord is worthwhile a ...more
Dec 19, 2008 rated it it was ok

Very sad that the second book in the Sushi series does not hold up as well as the first. The ridiculous My-Grandmother-Is-Evil-And-Demands-I-Marry conceit continues in full force, and in my opinion, the men who are trotted out to capture Trish's eye are little more than G-Rated carictatures. Granted, the "bad" one was supposed to be unappealing, but unfortunately, the "good" choice felt lackluster to me.

Of course, it probably is because Spenser isn't my type at all; neither of the choices were
Shannah Mauney
This is a perfect addition to Camy Tang's Sushi series. Not only do we get to visit our favorite volleyball player, Lex, and her fun, witty cousins, but we get to delve more into the life of Trish. The story flows and weaves around you as you're reading it. I really enjoyed following her on her journey of discovery of self and pursuit of God. She is sassy, smart, a little whiny, and a lot unsure of herself. The message of the story resonated deep with me. I loved the Camy Tang took something tha ...more
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the second novel about the Sakai cousins, about the 2nd cousin, Trish. She is one of four Asian American Christians in a family of Buddhists. They are about faith and persistence despite various difficulties in their lives and the interference of an overwhelming grandma determined to see them married. The book is well written and entertaining, and the characters are well developed.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
First a quick note at the top. This is a LOOOOOOONG review because I go into detail about some plot points and I discuss a lot of my own faith in here. This review is coming from a specific, Evangalical Christian (view spoiler) perspective and I use language from that perspective. You're welcome to ask que ...more
Feb 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Only Uni is book two in a three book series. The first was Sushi for One, which I reviewed last year. The books are about four Asian Christian cousins who live in California. They are the only Christians in their extended family and good friends too. Their grandmother wants them all married with children and applies not-so-subtle pressure to make that happen.

Trish is the main character of this book. She is a biologist (Camy's previous career)and has just broken up with a man her grandmother hope
Feb 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Trish, next in line to inherit her family's title of "oldest single female cousin" now that Lex (from Sushi for One?) has a boyfriend, wants to take control of her life. Her wild, flirtatious behavior has left her unfulfilled and alienated her cousins and best friends, but most devasting of all has created a chasm between her and the Lord. Her desire for a turning point hits an all-time high when she discovers that her father's having an affair, her mother has a heart attack, and her control-fre ...more
Rachelle Ayala
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can really relate to Trish, the girl who loves yummy guys. She was very likeable, although flawed.

Trish is trying to be a "better Christian," so she swears off guys, flirting, and sexy clothing. She makes rules for herself and sets out to follow them. The rules aren't all that bad, i.e. tell others about Christ, serve at the church, and oh, yes, no guys, especially bad boys who aren't Christian and are so hot.

Unfortunately for her, she has major foot-in-mouth disease. For one, she insults hot
Mar 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Trish Sakai is a character who leapt off the page and straight into my heart. There were so many ways I could identify with her. First, how her life seemed to keep throwing these horrible twists at her, yet she had support from her cousins and God. In spite of her apartment situation, her new resolution to only date Christian men, her roommate’s carelessness causes her to be evicted and Trish reluctantly puts this new worry directly into God’s hands. The answer that comes also brings along new c ...more
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm really liking this Sushi Series; it's like a more realistic (and Asian!) version of Christy Miller-- or, as the author herself phrases it, "romance with a kick of wasabi". And yet, it's not the romance that resonates with me; rather, it's the integrity of the story to the reality of human existence. There are no loopholes, pithy Jesus-bombs, or tidy resolutions. There is only the truth of daily living.

Trish embodies the default human nature: making mistakes, stuffing them into an ever-deepen
About the book:

Trish Sakai is a girl with attitude---but she wants it to be directed more toward God and less toward cute guys. Not easy when her artist ex-boyfriend claims she's his muse and he can't paint without her; or when her new co-worker definitely seems interested. Can she keep her impressive resolution?

My review:

(This is a very fun read!)

Tang once again delivers an incredibly busy novel. Not a dull moment in this book, I promise. Trish is a lovable character that I empathized with, eve
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenges-2013
After taking a detour after reading InSight and re-reading Sushi for One?, I picked this book up today to read. It helped that my son kept flitting between the computer and the television today so that I couldn't do anything on the computer or work on the afghan I am making, so I was able to devote quite a bit of time to this book. That block of time enabled me to read this book in a day! I laughed out loud quite a bit at the book, but it also had a lot of sobering moments in it as well. It defi ...more
Tzi Alexander
Only Uni by Camy Tang, follows Sushi for One? which was about Lex Sakai one of four cousins harassed to get married by their elderly but strong grandmother, and determined to follow the path Christ has set out for them. Trish, the protaganist, has some problems. First, she cannot stop checking out the guys that cross her path. Second, she keeps hooking up with her abusive ex, and cannot seem to get away from it. Like Lex, she creates a list that is supposedly going to help her get through life u ...more
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Only Uni By Camy Tang
Sushi Series Book 2
Trish Sakai wants to show the cousins, who are also her best friends, she let down that she's serious about being a better Christian. She'll get her Divinity degree and volunteer at church more, that should do it. When things are going wrong lately she's sure it's punishment from God for her sins the past year. Changing isn't so easy though when her grandma keeps trying to get her back together with her irresistible non-Christian ex-boyfriend.

This book has
Catherine Richmond
The movie The Four Seasons had people reconnecting with their friends. Camy Tang's Sushi Series has me wanting to reconnect with my cousins.

Trish Sakai's life is determined to turn her life around and to devote herself to God. Unfortunately, her grandmother, a woman more frightening than a Stephen King villain, is helping her ex-boyfriend stalk her. Her roommate takes up smoking and sets the apartment on fire, and the only available housing is filled with mold. Hunky coworker Spencer is moved i
Nov 02, 2009 rated it did not like it
Oh yes! Zondervan is publishing an Asian American Christian romance fiction series! Its terrible terrible writing. And yes, I've actually read really amazing Christian romance fiction. This isn't it.

From a cultural critique, it doesn't offend and it doesn't exactly edify either. Eh. Maybe I'm being too hard on it!

Perhaps I cringed through the book because in Asian culture, public expressions of emotion are not accepted as mature actions and this book is full of single AA and fairly immature rom
Rebekah Gyger
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-romance
This book was great. Tang comes at the difficulties of life with humor. If her heroines didn't know how to laugh at themselves, I sure they would go crazy with what they go through. In this book, Trish learns that what matters in life is what God thinks of her and not what everyone else does. It's a lesson that I sometimes have to remind myself of.

The one thing that keeps this from being five stars it that some of the plot elements are the same as in Sushi for One? If it were not for that, I wou
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
The author's sense of humor is what makes this book, and the series, interesting. I enjoyed the Asian-American cultural insights, and even though the story did not strike me as realistic at all, it was still fun to read. The characters are not perfect Christians, and it is refreshing to see that they seek forgiveness and try to change for the better. It is an easy, Chic-lit type book, and that is not really my choice most of the time. However,I did like it well enough that I want to read the fin ...more
Ileana Tsai
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
I absolutely loved this story and I highly recommended to everyone. The story is very smartly written and the characters are well developed. The characters are so down to earth and we can definitely relate to many of their struggles. I am not a fan of love stories with an undertone of humor but Camy was able to pull it off and she had me laughing throughout the book. All in all, a great book that will keep you laughing but at the end will make you think a lot about God's love and His Grace. Than ...more
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Sushi series. I just love this series. This story is about Trish and she has had it with loser boyfriends. So she reads the bible and comes up with 3 rules to use for when she meets guys. Her old boyfriend Kazuo keeps showing up with the help of her grandma who is trying to get them back together. Than Trish has to work with Spencer and he ends up being nothing like she originally thought. So the adventure begins. It is an amazing story and I love the ending. Looki ...more
Andrea Grigg
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
A refreshingly real book about the struggle some Christian girls have. Trish really wants to be a better Christian but still gets lured into sleeping with her controlling and manipulative ex-boyfriend. An excellent story depicting Trish’s struggle with sex, as well as coming to the realization she doesn't have to earn her salvation. Loved the quirky family relatives and Spenser, the new love interest/co-worker. Camy Tang writes great comedy without it being exhausting. ...more
Dec 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: chick lit fans my big fat greek wedding fans romance fans
Shelves: romance
I got it at and it arrived this weekend (Feb 16 2008)
I started reading some of it but I'm going to wait and read it to my mom I think....or breeze through it and then re-read it to my mom.

*edit* finished reading it to my mom today.(3/3/08) we both laughed SO HARD on the preview chap of book3. especially when Jenn told Venus to 'suck it up'....*giggles*
Aug 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is probably my favorite novel written by Camy Tang. It's about a fun Asian girl who works in the biochemical field and always has boy-drama. With the help of her older Christian cousins and the local community church children's ministry, she comes to see that her crazy exes don't matter, and thy Jesus loved her, even though she's made mistakes. ...more
Sep 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Just reread this book...I'm rereading the first three in the series before I read the fourth one, which was one of my first purchases for my Nook. I love this series! There aren't enough contemporary Christian fiction books that aren't Amish or murder mysteries. Sometimes I just want to read something happy and uplifting that could be happening to an average person like me. :) ...more
Jessica Snell
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, romance
This had some of the most realistic characters I’ve run into in Christian fiction. I especially liked how Tang detailed all of the heroine’s family dynamics, good and bad. Often romances seem to have no one in them but the hero and the heroine, but these two main characters – like most of us in the real life – inhabited a world of all sorts of good, bad and weird people. I liked this one!
Jessie Weaver
Oct 31, 2014 rated it liked it
(From 2015) I think we all have our “I don’t want to think” genres. For me, that is Christian romance or light fiction. I read the first book in this series in October 2014 (I can’t believe it’s been that long!), so when this went on sale I bought it for Kindle. It was readable and interesting, but this isn’t my favorite series in the genre.
Rachelle Sperling
Jan 28, 2016 rated it liked it
A little "louder" version of chick lit then I would normally choose to read but I still enjoyed Only Uni. The characters were real and there were plenty of laughs and it contained several good lessons in faith, forgiveness and learning to live as followers of Christ.
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Camy writes Christian romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and cozy mystery as Camy Tang and Regency romance under her pen name, Camille Elliot. She grew up in Hawaii but now lives in northern California with her engineer husband and rambunctious dog. She graduated from Stanford University in psychology with a focus on biology, but for nine years she worked as a biologist researcher. Then God ...more

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