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The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

(The Epic Crush of Genie Lo #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  3,585 ratings  ·  991 reviews
Genie Lo is one among droves of Ivy-hopeful overachievers in her sleepy Bay Area suburb. You know, the type who wins. When she’s not crushing it at volleyball or hitting the books, Genie is typically working on how to crack the elusive Harvard entry code.

But when her hometown comes under siege from hellspawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are dramatically
Hardcover, 313 pages
Published August 8th 2017 by Amulet Books
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Zoe He said on his author page that he is currently writing the sequel!
Dawn This book is really creative, it starts as a contemporary and unexpectedly takes off into fantasy that in my opinion borders on sci-fi and then return…moreThis book is really creative, it starts as a contemporary and unexpectedly takes off into fantasy that in my opinion borders on sci-fi and then returns to contemporary, kinda. Awesome and unexpected use of humor! My 5-star rating of this book also is because by the end Genie learns a lot about herself, and gains confidence in herself like many of the best female characters in YA literature.(less)

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CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
After finishing this bookI thought to myself, certain as hell: No book has never EVER made me this happy. Do you know those books where you felt like it was written for you? The Epic Crush of Genie Lo felt like that book for me. Yes, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is my new favourite book! But not as in, five star tier favourite. I'm talking about, forever in my heart tier of favourite (I even made a Goodreads shelf for this).

When I first heard about this book in January this year, I was beyond ec
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Well damn, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo was so much fun! Let's look at some amazing facts about it, shall we?

I've been avoiding demon/mythology YA Fantasy for a while, because they're so damn repetitive... Even though I'm a big fan of Greek Mythology, there's only so many white-girl-falls-in-love-with-the-reincarnation-of-Hades I can take, you know? Hence why I was beyond ecstatic to dive into The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, which deals with mythological beings I had never heard about before (because
alice (arctic books)
You can find this review and others, as well as win a copy of GENIE LO at arctic books.

THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO was fun, action-packed, and something not to miss. I’m going to be honest here, I have never read a book that I related to as much as this one. I’m Chinese-American, and seeing the stories of Sun Wukong that I heard as a child come to life in this book was surreal and just absolutely amazing. I felt so light and unbelievably happy, and I can’t express how much I loved this book.

♛ may
We’re gonna keep this short for everyone’s sake but mainly mine because I don’t recall half the ish I read today (I’m sick okay leave me alone)

Okay so,,,,

- Chinese mythology = very interesting
- Love the diversity
- I liked how genie was actually a strong fem character
- But like that’s it

Now buckle up kids, this one is gonna be loooooooong

- The WRITING is cringe (im sorry)
- Like I genuinely feel it would have been much more fitting if this was categorized as middle school than Y
may ➹
my 2017 review of this was terrible but if you want a much better book by FC Yee, try The Rise of Kyoshi <3

// buddy read with tea hater
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How is this a debut novel? It's so good in every way: hilarious, imaginative, filled with memorable characters, and a plot that never stops moving. If you're a fan of Journey to the West, you need this. If you're a fan of fierce and flawed heroines, you need this. If you're a fan of books that will make you laugh, you need this.

julianna ➹
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
edit: check out the paperback cover it's soooo PRETTY!!

Reread Edit (because I HAD to reread this book within a month of reading it.
I gave it to my sister and she LOVED this book! She didn't finish it... because she's a lazy butt... but she still LOVES it (the 40% that she read).

I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. *delirious laughter*

Let's start from the beginning.

I had NO IDEA this book existed BUT some humans on Twitter were screaming about it and so I read some reviews and they w
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
I didn’t expect to love The Epic Crush of Genie Lo this much, but I did. I haven’t read YA in two months that’s how rough this has been for me; and this book just came in and it swept me off my feet.


It is deliriously comical. It would make you laugh, it’s one of the most heartwarming and the funniest YA to this date. The characters are wild, and outrageous. Readers will fall in love with Genie’s resiliency, and Quentin’s charming person
You can find my review on the blog One Way Or An Author over here!

Check out my fan art :D

It’s been a couple of days since I’ve finished this book and I’m STILL NOT OVER IT. Seriously, I have all the love for this book to the moon and beyond. But I told myself I’d finish this review so I can schedule it and spread the love when closer to release date. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo immediately grasped my attention with its fierce cover and tag. I knew about a Chinese-American girl trying to juggle fi
Tori (InToriLex)
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Actual Rating 4.5 Stars
This book was so much fun to read. If I'm speaking in terms of dinner courses, this reads like fried ice cream. The characters are likeable and the humor is memorable. Genie Lo is a formidable force who tries to fight monsters from hell, while crafting herself into a competitive college student. Her character is head strong in a brutish but relateable way. I could only imagine how I would react to learning I have super powers. Que
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Genie Lo is one of many over-achieving students at her San Francisco prep school, desperately studying and working to get into an Ivy League school with the scholarship that would require for her. But that's all put at risk when a bizarre new transfer student appears, closely followed by actual demons from Chinese mythology. When the new student reveals himself to be Sun Wukong, the Monkey King and that Genie has special powers that can help him fight demons, a lot of extra stuff gets put on Gen ...more
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
"Spiritual power isn't just or merciful. It's fair. That's what makes it so dangerous."

Any YA book based around a Chinese myth will just GET ME. I've had The Epic Crush of Genie Lo for years, and it wasn't until recently that I found out it was centered around the Chinese classic, Journey to the West (西游记). (You can find out about my odd fascination with this story in my post about Asian stories in YA!) I'm a bit half-and-half about the book after reading it, generally:


🔥 Genie was
sil ♡ the book voyagers
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is one of my favorite books this year. It's right there on top of the list and you all should definitely have it on your radar, because if not, you're so doing it wrong.


If you're into mythology, demons and action but also a slice of college applications and schoolwork, Genie Lo is so right for you! It has humor and a f* good storyline. The characters had all these layers that you think you had them all figured out but there was always something beneath that. Can't wait
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2017-read
I had a pretty great time with this book. It's not deep or anything, but quite light and funny without being silly. The use of Chinese mythology and characters was refreshing, and made it different and interesting. That said, it is still a pretty basic YA story, but well told and ultimately entertaining.

The audio is excellent, with the narrator doing a spot on job with accents and voices. A good choice if you enjoy contmporary YA fantasy and want a quick pick-me-up.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I do not enjoy this book too much. The jokes are like watching rerun comedy show and it stops getting funny.

There is no character development. Genie is giving me a cringe. She likes the perfect of everything. Its just to overwhelmed to connect with her.
2019-Dec-18: 4 stars I totally enjoyed this book on my reread. Genie and her tendency to punch her way out of problems had me laughing all over again, and looking forward to book two.

2017-Dec-17: 4 stars and lots of punches for the story Genie Lo. Genie's sarcasm, humour, lack of mythological knowledge and tendency to punch her problems made me chuckle frequently and laugh out loud at one point during Genie’s journey to become a superhero and vanquish all the demons plaguing her home town. F.C.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this completely exceeded all my expectations and i just FRIGGING LOVE THIS. ya know how people compare alot of books to buffy the vampire slayer and then the book is...NOT LIKE BUFFY at all. THIS IS BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER WITH CHINESE FOLKLORE AND CHARACTERS and i am here for all of it. the story is imaginative and so so exciting. the characters and the dialogue are effortless and I JUST LOVE THIS OMG I LOVED IT.

i just really need the sequel. i need it so badly.
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reread thoughts: I still laughed at the funny parts the 2nd time. Still Smashingly Amazing (pun intended). Also forgot to put TWs for some ableist language.


Originally posted on my blog.

This is one of my favorite YA reads of this year. I pretty much read it in one sitting while live-tweeting my reactions. It’s a jam-packed mix of action, comedy, romance, and character growth. I laughed my way through most of it and yelled at the characters becaus
*Thea 'Wookiee'sMama' Wilson*
This book is sooooooo much fun....... based on the ancient tale of the Monkey King and updated to the nines, it's a book that this debut author should be very, VERY proud of indeed as it's a joy to read by being totally fresh and ever so endearing with it's plot and characters.

I'd encourage anyone who wants to read something fresh and new to give this tale a go as it's a joyous rampage full of excitement and a whole lot of fun!
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo was a fun read with a kickass Chinese-American, female protagonist.
I really enjoyed all the almost movie like action scenes and loved Genie's character! However, it was a little slow in pace for me in places and I wasn't 100% invested at times but I know I'm in the minority for feeling this way, as so many people have adored it (so definitely don't let me put you off picking it up!!) With that being said, it was definitely fun and so refreshing to have a diverse cast
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was very funny and excellent urban fantasy. I enjoyed the Chinese mythology. Quentin and Genie kicked-ass!
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so much fun! I literally laughed out loud so many times throughout the book, and honestly, this is just peak Chinese American humour and I love it. I will say, I do feel like the humour and tone of the book feels more MG than YA, so just keep that in mind if you do decide to pick this up and you're someone who doesn't like MG humour. There's a lot (and I mean, a LOT) of references to stuff - pop culture, Chinese culture, American culture, etc. - and quite a bit of it flew over my head, ...more
Attack Salmon
Jul 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ Chapter 30

If its boring then its boring then I rate it low even though it represents my culture
I received a free copy of this book from Abrams&Chronicle/Amulet in exchange for an honest review.

Genie Lo is a normal Asian-American teenager. She’s dealing with school, best friends and parents who want her to exceed in everything, all the while worrying about what else she needs to do to get into a great college. Then Quentin Sun arrives and tells her he is the Monkey King, she is his famous weapon and they need to defeat a horde of demons that’s about to descend upon them.

This book was amazi
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh, this was so fantastic. I cannot wait for this book to release, because THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO is going to change lives.

Do you like:

- badass Chinese protagonists
- ancient Chinese legends
- wonderful friendships! and families!
- demons and demon-fighting
- the BEST story
- fab characters
- characters who act their age

If so, you'll love GENIE LO!

It's an all-around wonderful story, and such a great addition to YA, and I HIGHLY recommend it.
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
If The CW doesn't snap up the rights to this immediately, they're insane. Next Buffy, right here. ...more
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, favorite, own
Re-read a second time. Absolutely love still.


I absolutely loved everything about this book!

It was hilarious, original, fast-paced, and had amazing characters, great writing, and did I mention hilarious?!

It's not easy to write comedy or even something so effortlessly funny. But Yee combines loveable characters who sometimes act and say ridiculously absurd things in seemingly normal setting and you can't help but just giggle as the situations escalate.

If I had to describe our main character, G
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: aoc, ya, predictable, paranormal, db
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is actually not a bad book.

What do you do when you have a premise (Chinese demons in the Bay Area! Sun Wukong is a student at my school!) that would ask a lot of suspension of disbelief from your readers?
You write a book that is so intentionally over-the-top that no one can take what's happening seriously. What are you going to do, criticize it for being unrealistic? It's supposed to be that way. And, I mean, it works - this doesn't feel like a mediocre paranormal roma
Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: MCU fans
"I was about as spiritual as a Chicken McNugget."

This is some of the most fun I've had rereading, partly because I remembered practically nothing about this (long term memory? Who dat?) but also because this book is just pure fun. Fast paced and never dull thanks to either epic action, humorous conversations, and humorous conversations with epic action at the same time! It reads a bit like a Marvel movie.

I also appreciate the world building a lot more now, it's unique and subverts some cliches,
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
3.5 Stars
“Genie Lo, you are unquestionably, undeniably human,” he said. “You just … have a whole bunch of other stuff going on as well.”
“Tell me about it.”

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is a fun and engaging story of adventure, strength, and facing the unexpected. We follow Genie Lo who’s overachieving nature she hopes will land her a one way ticket to an Ivy League. Her steady and detailed plans are disrupted when her town is overrun by demons who’ve escaped from hell. Now Genie, along
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