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Loveboat, Taipei

(Loveboat, Taipei #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  7,463 ratings  ·  1,820 reviews
When eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achieving kids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers since they were nine—and her parents’ yardstick for her never-measuring-up life.

Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Simon & Schuster Children's UK
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Noah As a Taiwanese, I think the description of Taipei is really not that accurate (to my disappointment). Some parts and details are okay, but there're so…moreAs a Taiwanese, I think the description of Taipei is really not that accurate (to my disappointment). Some parts and details are okay, but there're so many things that're just outdated, weird or simply wrong. As for Loveboat, according to author's website, it's an actual program (that she attended).(less)
Carol Youssif I'm not sure if by clean you mean based on age or content.
There is a light sex passage, and there's references of sex in general, as well as drinking…more
I'm not sure if by clean you mean based on age or content.
There is a light sex passage, and there's references of sex in general, as well as drinking and partying. I wouldn't give it to anyone younger than 16yo.(less)

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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
This was an excellent debut! I loved every bit of it. It's such an addictive read full of well built up characters & a plot full of surprises. There was so much drama going down and that's honestly what kept me reading. There was a great display of character growth with each of the characters and all the complicated relationships. I loved the group of characters that we spend time with & seeing how they all had come into their own by the end of the book. I can't say this book is perfect by any m ...more

The only reason I even looked at this book was to possibly add it to my wishlist, and then I saw the ebook was on sale for $4…

It all happened so fast.

It never should have been like this.

Mostly because this book was awful and I never should have read it.

This story is so unrelentingly dramatic that I had to take breaks. Like, I probably could have read it in 2-3 hours, and I was in a reading mood so I wanted to, but then I would catch myself frowning enormously
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melanie by: Lily ☁️
I loved this so much. This really is a love letter to belonging and seeing all your different parts, and the parts you came from, and exploring those parts and connecting deeper to your culture. This is also a story very much about what it means to be asian american and how sometimes those two parts can make you feel not enough for either half. This was beautiful, and the story was so good, the romance (and love triangle) was everything, and I feel so honored to have read this. <3

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Feb 25, 2020 rated it liked it
im so torn with this. while this definitely has some positives to it, there are some major negatives which i cant ignore like i usually would.

lets talk about the positives first. this has some great messages - its all about finding yourself, following your passions, and discovering your roots/culture/where you come from. it also talks about mental health, stereotypes, racism, being a first generation american, the pressure of pleasing your parents, feeling like you don’t belong, and first love.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Well, I’m glad this is now over.
In reality, I should’ve DNF’d this book. I knew it wasn’t going to be for me, but I thought the story would’ve developed more substance as it went on. But it didn’t.

It felt so lacklustre overall, even though I appreciated what this book was trying to do.

I related to Ever in a way. The immigrant story, the guilt, your parents, the expectations they place on you, identity, the disconnect etc. All of us who come from an ethnic background have experienced this in o
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars*
Feb 12, 2020 marked it as not-sure-if-i-ll-read-it
So, I am seriously torn!

This book does not sound like the type of book I usually enjoy but then it takes place in Taipei! 😍 Taiwan is one of the best places I've ever visited. And I'm a bit considering reading this book just because of Taiwan but then I worry a bit that I won't like it because of the topic... And I don't know what to do!
monica kim
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases
“I would die for my family if I needed to. I would emigrate to a foreign country and give up dancing to unwrap blood-soaked bandages every hour of every day if it meant food and shelter for my family. But because of them, I don’t have to.”

this book hit me hard.
may ➹
Pretty girl on the pretty cover, why did you have to disappoint me...

Loveboat, Taipei follows a Chinese-American girl named Ever, who is crumpling under the pressure of her parents’ expectations. She wants to pursue dance, which has been her constant passion throughout life, but her parents’ dream is for her to become a doctor instead. She is sent on a summer program in Taipei, where she ends up making friends and having a lot more freedom than she thought she would—freedom to explore herself an
Lauren Lanz
DNF @ 80%

I wanted to love this book more than anything, which is why the outcome has left me slightly bitter. Forgettable/cookie cutter characters paired with over dramatic writing and glossed-over serious issues became unbearable for me.

Loveboat, Taipei follows Ever Wong, a girl that’s becoming rapidly fed up with her strict Asian parents. When they reject Ever’s passion for dance and instead ship her off to Taipei for a mandarin program, she expects the worst. Except Loveboat isn’t the inesca
C.G. Drews
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book very lovingly stressed me out and I appreciate that. It has the kind of romance that you have no idea which way it'll go, so obviously I had to keep reading forever to find out. 😂It's also eternally excellent to see #ownvoices stories ruling the shelves (this hit the bestseller list I believe!) and weaving stories of love and cultural identity. At first Ever totally baulked at the idea of being shipped to Taiwan for a 6-week stint to learn Mandarin and take pre-med classes and reconnec ...more
Kimberly (Deity of Books)
This book is so amazing —I've read it 3 times within 39 days.

Actual Rating: 4.5/5

This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2020 and it (mostly) did not disappoint. I love this book because I can relate to a lot of it and because I am a Taiwanese American. I live very close to where the main character lives and are about the same age.

Before I get into my actual review, I am going to give more information on the country of Taiwan because I feel it's important to know (just a little note, i
jaime ⭐️
May 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2020, 2-stars
book 33 out of 100

so disappointing wow

Kayla Brunson
I really wanted this to be as beautiful as that cover, but I was sadly disappointed. I seriously felt like I was maybe too old for this and most of the scenarios that take place in this book.

I was all for our main character Ever for about 40% of the book. From there I went from being hesitant about what her character would do to straight up disliking her. That’s right, I don’t like our main character. She does a few things that rub me the wrong way and I have no shame saying that I wanted to sl
Amy Imogene Reads
4.5 stars

This was a fantastic ride and a serious, heartfelt novel hiding behind the persona of a party narrative. New favorite!

Plot: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★★ 1/2
Overall enjoyment ★★★★★

Loveboat, Taipei was honestly a surprise for me. I'd heard mixed reviews and wasn't sure if it was for me, but I decided to go with my gut. I'm so glad I did. This was such shock—like a Taipei-based Gossip Girl, with better themes and refreshingly original cast. Loved it.

Ever Wong is 18 years old, and she's ready to s
sarah xoxo
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had heard mixed reviews for this book, and went into it with lowered expectations. So I was pleasantly surprised when I ended up really enjoying it!

Loveboat Taipei follows Ever Wong, a Chinese-American teen who is sent to Taipei for the summer by her parents. Little do they know, the program Ever is signed up for is known secretly as 'loveboat', and Ever vows to break the rules her restrictive parents had placed upon her.

I loved the setting of this book! It felt like a boarding school mixed
may ❀
this was wildly more dramatic than i was expecting. there were a lot of aspects that i enjoyed but there were also some scenes that just,,,,,,,,,,were SO WRONG

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i feel like i've read this story many times and sadly
Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
The teen crazy rich asians.
but give all the characters highly questionable morals.

“When my mind wanders, it is always to you.”

My mind wandered a lot in this book too. I have just not been enjoying the contemporary books I have been picking up recently which is a bummer.

after all the screaming and complaints in my updates we shouldn't even be surprised with my rating. I am really sorry to everyone who loved this.

STOP WITH THE ASIAN STEREOTYPE. I was really trying to forget about the contribut
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loveboat, Taipei is like Crazy Rich Asians meets American Panda, but is also very much a contemporary YA that stands all on its own. Ever Wong’s summer plans are completely disrupted when her parents send her off to Taipei to attend Chien Tan, an educational program meant to help Ever with her Mandarin skills and appreciation of her culture. But what Ever discovers is that the program is affectionately known as Loveboat, a summer-long party where adults turn a blind eye and teens have the freedo ...more
fat oooooooof. maybe closer to 1.5/5.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Lily ☁️
If this book doesn’t end up being my favorite read of 2020, I shall perish.

But in all honesty, this is the rep I’ve been waiting for my entire life?? Someone pinch me.

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Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

I was beyond excited to be one of the first chosen to read this ARC. I have been waiting for something like this to be written, specifically about the young adult Taiwanese American experience - not just about the Chinese or Asian experience growing up in America, but as a Taiwanese specifically and to have it written ever so accurately by someone who understood, is pretty special.

College bound Ever Wong was sent to Taiwan the summer before entering college
well. that was a disaster.
it has more tropes and drama than one of my mom's desi soap operas (that's saying something).
why do i hate this book?


i want ever to be a real person just so i can slap her out of this solar system because BOY, this girl is awful. she basically uses and discards xavier but somehow he should be okay with that because he's a "player" and she was with rick despite the fact that he had a depressed girlfriend who had suicidal tendencies? none of the characters
Sep 24, 2020 marked it as has-cheating-so-won-t-read
Recommends it for: My enemies...suffer you morons
At first, I was REALLY excited to pick this book
AWESOME cover & the story sounded interesting
BUT apparently, the story has cheating in it *facepalms*
When will authors realize that cheating is a TRIGGER & NOT A SPOILER!! *frustrated Mrin shouting*

If some of my friends on GR hadn't read this book & mentioned the cheating...I would have assumed this was a safe read *double facepalms*
And apparently, the cheating is excused because the girlfriend of the LUUURVE interest is
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
I loved this. I loved the complexity and depth and messiness of the characters, I loved that the book was a love letter to belonging, Asian-American identity, and to the people who have found their passions but feel that they cannot express themselves in ways that feel true to them.

- Follows Ever, a Taiwanese-American teen whose strict parents send her to a study summer program for Taiwanese students before she goes to med school -- despite harbouring a passion for dance.
- Something that I love
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to know where to start with this review - I usually have the hardest time reviewing books I love (knowing I'll never do them full justice), but I'm going to try my best. Because I need to convince EVERYONE to read this book! Yes, that means you.

I'm going to go with a totally cliche line, but it's so so true. This book made me feel seen. Growing up, I never thought about the lack of Chinese American characters in books... until I read my first Amy Tan novel. And still, every time I read
Lilith Black Bee
Jun 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Review to come
Tiffany (Read By Tiffany)
SECOND READ 2/2/2020 - 2/28/2019

FIRST READ 11/2/2019 - 12/18/2019


When I first heard the plot and storyline for Loveboat, Taipei, my heart immediately grew 10x as this was the representation I had always been dreaming of my entire life. 💖

After flying through the pages in less than a day, I’m so happy to say that Abigail Hing Wen’s story not only met my expectations, but she went above and beyond, crafting a plotline that kept me continuously on my toes and yearning for more. 😍 From
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

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Abigail Hing Wen is a Silicon Valley venture lawyer working with AI startups. She is a Vermont College of Fine Arts graduate, Wild Things blogger, and YA writer of her debut, Loveboat, Taipei.

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