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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
The romance situation is messy so if that is an issue for you, be warned. But this was really fun!
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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 ...more
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 ...more
"My parents sent me to discover my heritage, but in the process, I’m also finding parts of myself, even if that self isn’t who they want me to be."
Series: Yes, according to Goodreads.
Genre: YA Contemporary
Content Warnings: Love square/quadrangle. Asian stereotyping. Racism. Graphic description of injuries. Leaked nude photos. Mentions of depression & self-harm. Sexual content.
Read if: you love Crazy Rich Asians and/or American Panda.
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And as I lunge and whirl my bo staff, dancing to the ancient drum beats, I feel all the parts of myself coming together: glad that a part of me is Chinese, a part of me American, and all of me is simply me.
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen is one of my most anticipated 2020 releases. From its absolutely riveting cover, to its own voices Asian representation, there was no way I wasn't gonna read it.
A big reason why I wanted to read Loveboat, Taipei so much was because it centers on...more
A concept in books that I personally adore and think a lot of authors should incorporate more into their novels are important themes that can create change in the real world for readers. Topics that are important to communicate and talk about to the young adult audience whether they can directly relate to it or not, and Loveboat, Taipei definitely came through with some of those themes.
We are introduced to Ever Wong, this young, ...more
Loveboat, Taipei is a well put together mix of Asian-American representation and young adult themes. It uses tropes from its genre but doesn't let it be a cliche: a teenage moving far from her parents, finding new friendships, a love triangle and coming of age. A great YA contemporary romance that can effectively tug at the reader's heartstrings and be swoon-worthy at bits.
Sum it up in points!
- Asian-American representation
- overseas summer school program
- parental pressures, ...more
Loveboat, Taipei is a story about discovery - finding out who you are when you’re defined by a culture you don’t understand. And it’s also about escaping the suffocating pressures placed on you from well meaning, but overbearing parents. Ever is one such girl. Forced to give up her dreams of studying dancing, when her parents discover her wearing a leotard and practicing dance instead of studying for med school, they send her to ‘discover her ...more
LOVEBOAT, TAIPEI had a narrative voice that just shouted ‘give me more’ vibes and I enjoyed the reading experience. I’ve heard this book heralded as a more mature & Taiwanese ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ and it did give me some of those vibes at times. This is a more mature YA from a sexual perspective but the characters weren’t always mature in their decisions and actions.
This book brought an enjoyable coupling of American-Asian and authentic Taiwan culture as the ...more
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 the heart-skipping romance to moments of self-discovery, this book was ...more
Loveboat, Taipei: Hold my beer.
Do I dare say, three days into the new year, that this is already one of my favorite reads of the year? I do!
Listen, I picked this book up because someone pitched it to me as "Gossip Girl, but make it diverse and add realistic drama" (you know, not things like selling a girl for a hotel but rather trying to meet your parents' expectations while forging your own way in life). And boy oh boy, were they right. This was the perfect ...more
I figured I would love Loveboat, Taipei based on its comparison to Crazy, Rich Asians. Not to mention my current mood for some YA contemporary. But what I didn't realize is how much I would love Loveboat, Taipei. Wen manages to balance this romantic thrum with important discussions of tropes and beauty standards. Loveboat, Taipei strikes the perfect balance between introspective, ...more
It’s a coming of age and, yes, it’s got a love triangle, but I just have so much love for this.
I loved our main character who is in a constant struggle between her Asian heritage and her American Culture. And I loved ALL of the characters. The book has all the feels – sometimes you’re cracking up and other times you’ve got tears (both sad and happy).
I will say that she ends up with the wrong boy! (lol – okay, my opinion, but seriously the wrong one)
"I never talk to my parents about the books I read or the music I love or the dances in my head. I can't trust them not to take what bit of soul I offer them and not throw it away into a dumpster."
"And as I lunge and whirl my bo staff, dancing to the ancient ...more
My thoughts keep being the ones refered below. The book is solid, but there is an off tempo or sth and I don't find myself caring or wanting to know how things are going to go with the characters or the plot.
DNF'ed at pg 226
It's not a bad book, it opens your eyes to expectatives put on kids, and while it talks about Asian-American kids and dealing with the expectatives coming from their traditions and culture, I think anyone ...more
First of all...WHAT?! THERE'S GONNA BE A SEQUEL?!
I really really liked this book. It was one of my most anticipated and didn't disappoint. I can definitely see why it was compared to To All the Boys I've Loved Before and Crazy Rich Asians. It definitely evokes a lot of those vibes.
I liked the conflict, the different rep, the discussions about class, wealth, racism and immigration. It doesn't deep dive into the topics but it's brought up in conversations between characters as they bond. I ...more
I had a really hard time following the main character's motivations, because I felt like she didn't have a clear personality from the start. More importantly, though, this book felt very alienating to me as an aroace autistic reader, because it focuses so much on boys and dating, in a way that made me ...more
Ever is on the brink of leaving school and starting college, where she wants to study dance but her parents are insisting on med school. Her life is going mildly well, but she definitely isn't happy and then her parents decide to send her from Ohio to Taiwan to learn about her Asian culture and learn Mandarin. She makes a snap judgement and doesn't want to go, but as soon as she arrives it suddenly feels like she's in her ...more