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A Pho Love Story

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  15,748 ratings  ·  3,163 reviews
When Dimple Met Rishi meets Ugly Delicious in this funny, smart romantic comedy, in which two Vietnamese-American teens fall in love and must navigate their newfound relationship amid their families’ age-old feud about their competing, neighboring restaurants.

If Bao Nguyen had to describe himself, he’d say he was a rock. Steady and strong, but not particularly interesting
Kindle Edition, 415 pages
Published February 9th 2021 by Simon Pulse (first published February 8th 2021)
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Loan Le
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
*UPDATE / June 2021*

Quickly dropping the news that there will be a companion novel to this one! Solving for the Unknown is more contemporary than rom-com and will star Bao's best friend, Viet, and Linh's older sister. Of course, APLS characters will make an appearance.

OK, that is all. I will close my eyes and not look at any reviews! But I do hope you enjoy APLS and will be excited about SFTU!


Wow. I published a novel? I'm still trying to comprehend that. Thanks for stopping by this p
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i read this book on an empty stomach - i am not a smart person. THERES. SO. MUCH. FOOD. haha.

and ive never actually had pho before, but now im super interested in trying it! so theres one positive for this book.

some more positives would be everything about the vietnamese culture, the own voices storytelling, baos gentleness, linhs drive, the easy-going writing, and the super cuteness of it all.

my only minor critique would be the slow pacing and long length - its just not a good combination as i
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
DNF @ 56%

I am so sad that this one didn't work out for me because I was so excited. But honestly, I was bored, and I didn't care for the writing, and the characters felt kind of flat, so I couldn't push myself through. To start with the positives, this book features some great Vietnamese American representation. It depicts the trauma of the characters as refugees and how that experience shaped their parents. The Vietnamese culture overall permeated every word of this story and that was a pleasur
Aug 04, 2020 marked it as maybe
As a pho-natic, just looking at the word makes me hungry.
This will be pho-nomenal. Pho sure.
Sorry, I’ll stop now.
Pho real.
Phuong ✯
2.5 stars

the bad: starting this book at 3 am when hungry and suffering because of all the food references
the good: eating Pho while reading this book and feeling like I accomplished something, when in fact I didn't accomplished anything by doing that. 🤣

I was hoping to find something pho-nomental, but unfortunately everything was very pho-gettable.

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➸ this is an own voice story so the viet rep is pretty accuate which is like a huge plus pho p
In an ideal world, I would not be writing this review without fulfilling the pho craving that I have had ever since I picked this book up, but considering I'm coming to you live from 12:40 pm in the suburbs, that is a feat I cannot pull off.

Never forget the sacrifices I make to bring you mediocre book reviews.

Speaking of: This book was fine.

I never know how to write middle of the line book reviews. Everyone has been cursed with the knowledge of how prepared I am to write rants (hello, character-
4.5 Stars

TW for loss of a loved one and racism

This was such a cute YA romance!! I really loved how Bao and Linh haven't talked to each other for their entire lives because of their family feud until Bao approaches Linh outside of her restaurant their senior year when she's having a rough time. Their budding friendship was so cute and I loved how they both bonded over the pressure from their parents and the unknown of their futures. This was more a friends to lovers and they were forced to hang
A Pho Love Story follows Bao Nguyen, a boy who's still hesitant about who he wants to be in life, and Linh Mai, a girl who wants to follow her dreams as a painter and an artist. They've been avoiding each other for years but they meet again, become friends, and start developing feelings for each other. Unfortunately, the sole reason why they kept evading each other's presence is that the Mais and the Nguyens have been in rivalry and competition for their neighboring pho restaurants in the pa ...more
4 stars

A Pho Love Story was such a cute book. I enjoyed listening Bao and Lihn’s story so much. They are two Vietnamese teenagers who come from feuding families. Their parents own competing restaurants right across from each other and they’ve always seemed to keep their distance. Until their senior year. Lihn and Bao end up working together on a school thing and start spending more time together. This is very much a romeo/juliet type romance and a coming of age story. I loved the family dynamic
aly ☆彡
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

First of all, the descriptions about the Vietnamese food here would only leave you drooling. My best advice? You better order yourself some before you start this and you're going to get yourself a full experience. Get yourself a Phở or maybe Gỏi Cuốn. Get everything before you regret it! In fact, I think half of the stars in the rating is for food only.

And as an Asian myself, this hit quite close to home. By any means, I am no immigrants so I would never understand the struggle when you'
Feb 19, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rating: 3 stars

Cover: 🌟🌟🌟
A fun and cute illustration that alludes to key aspects of the story. However, nothing about this design is particularly eye-catching.

Writing: 🌟🌟🌟.5
The simple writing is easy to follow and enjoyable, but it is not hugely striking or engaging. Even the alternating points of view between the two main characters fail to add much to the story as information is often summarised and repeated with each narrative switch. Wh
3.5/5 ⭐

I appreciate this book.
And I say that because first of all, it was a really quick and very cute read with an adorable love story and with lots of yummy-sounding dishes!
For real, food should always be top priority when it comes to cute love stories.

Second of all, I did appreciate the little insights we get in here about the Vietnamese culture.
Like the uncultured swine I am, I have to admit that I haven't crossed paths with many Vietnamese things in my life so this was definitely a very ed
Feb 01, 2021 marked it as will-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-review
Will not finish - 37%

A Pho Love Story was listed as part of my most highly anticipated 2021 releases. And so, it hurts my heart a little to admit that I don't have the energy to finish this book.

This isn't a badly written book. It's just not a story for me. I know that A Pho Love Story will resonate deeply with a lot of readers from the Asian diaspora, especially among immigrants. In fact, I highly recommend reading the reviews of Michelle and Lauren.

However, as someone who's been born and r
Sep 20, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This looks ridiculously cute, and I am super excited.
Lauren Lanz
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, i-own
This book definitely succeeded at something: making me hungry.

Besides that, I was saddened to find the characters flat and hard to differentiate aside from their hobbies. The perspectives were so similar sounding that for a few chapters I thought both protagonists were women, until a specific pronoun clued me in that I’d been completely wrong about Bao. I found it a little funny that I could be so mistaken, but it has to be a fault of the narrative that led me to believe it for quite some time.
michelle (magical reads)
read on my blog

rep: ownvoices Vietnamese-American protagonists and side characters

**I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley (thank you, Simon Teen!). These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I’ve been screaming about this book for literal years. I’ve been so hyped for it for so long, and when I finally got the chance to read an ARC, I dropped everything for it! A Pho Love Story was the Vietnamese
May 10, 2022 rated it really liked it
Another day another Romeo and Juliet type story. It didn’t even need that much updating for contemporary audiences, Asian parents are just… like that. Seriously though, this book starts out pretty slow, like, snail’s pace slow. But once I found out it was dual pov, I was all in. There also seems to be more pages than the book has plot for and sometimes it does that thing where the chapters are super short to create a sense of excitement (like in Simon Snow).

Miscellaneous Thoughts-
• Zero Pho puns
This. Book.

Not only is it an amazing young-adult chicklit novel, BUT it also covers the journey of finding yourself amongst familial and cultural expectations.

Our couple was so precious and pure. Their Romeo and Juliet story blessedly was not riddled with stupid drama or choices, but instead dove deeper into self-discovery and learning how our familial history shapes us.

Absolutely loved.

I listened to the audiobook and HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
Jul 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: viet
Vietnamese-American author!!!! YES!!!

But—Those last 100 pages were A STRUGGLE.

That’s my two opinions of A Pho Love Story: love the Vietnamese representation, didn't love the execution all together so much.

Let's start with the positives, so anyone reading this review will still want to pick it up! As a Vietnamese-American myself, I especially loved the little Vietnamese things in here: Garden Grove/Little Saigon setting, savage Vietnamese moms, the food, mannerisms/way of speaking, language, e
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Romance novels about food are my favorite kind of romance
➵ conflicted between what reason i should state for how quickly i flew through this. no, it wasn't absolutely perfect or wholly entertaining. yes, i wanted to be done with it. part of my disappointment comes from the romance and how it was pitched: the potential rivalry between the lovers or even the forbidden aspect of feelings brewing between the children of two foe families doesn't last long enough to keep me very interested. rest of the disappointment comes from the pacing; this story is too ...more
Jul 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
romeo and juliet but make it feuding vietnamese family restaurants & super wholesome ending

this book does so well at unraveling the history between the two families, tackling parental expectations, & discussing chasing your dreams. also the romance is the cutest thing ever ugh bao is such a cinnamon roll

cw: death of loved one (in the past, off page), racism, grief, war (mentioned)
Feb 04, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
a pho love story tried really hard, but it didn't pay off. the characters were flat and dull, the romance was horrible and at some point, it physically hurt me to continue reading.

putting this one down and never picking it up again at about 40%.
 ⛅ Sunny (sunnysidereviews) ⛅
Thank you Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Publishers for providing me with a copy of the book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

First let’s talk about the plot! The original premise sounded very promising, and the plot was executed pretty well. The readers were able to get lovely descriptions of Phở and other delicious Vietnamese foods, which made me, admittedly, very hungry. Unfortunately, I felt as though we didn’t get much time in the restaurants. It would have been so cool to see all the
I loved this book and how unapologetically the author uses full phrases in Vietnamese. This is the first time I've ever felt a story was written for me, and not for other people where I was just a spectator.

I just listened to the podcast Asian Enough where they interviewed Viet Thanh Nguyen, and he said something like: "If you're writing for your people, you wouldn't say: He ate pho . . . which is a beef noodle soup." I laughed, but it's true! And this book was 100% written with Vietnamese-Ameri
"There’s so much in your life that you can’t control, so maybe you can use this chance to do something for yourself." ...more
✧ Emily ✧
Buddy read with my awesome friend Surya! :)

I loved every second of this. It was sweet, it was sad, and I will love it pho-ever! *cackles in delight at my own dumb joke*

I loved the concept of this book: a Vietnamese - and food-related!! - retelling of Romeo and Juliet, written from the perspectives of both Romeo (Bao) and Juliet (Linh).

I'll start by talking about the characters. Linh is a lovable, artistic, and kind daughter who just wants to become an artist, but her parents won't let her, belie
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! I found both Linh and Bao relatable (and for different reasons), and I appreciated getting the chance to see their story unfold (including the drama between their families and how that played out). It also made me crave all sorts of food, but particularly Vietnamese food. Definitely a debut worth checking out!
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, ya
This is the type of book I want to read everyday. I am usually not a big fan of romance novels that do not star adults because they are often not written well or they are too angsty or they try to market first love/young love as the end-all, be-all. However, I found myself really into just a few of these books in the recent years, and the thing I noticed was that all of them did not star white characters.

What a concept. Once you let go of the whiteness, the books are not a coming-of-age story wh
Aug 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audiobooks
4.5 Stars for A Pho Love Story (audiobook) by Loan Le read by Ryan Do and VyVy Nguyen.
This was a fun spin on the Romeo and Juliet trope. The author set her story the world of Vietnamese restaurants. The young couple overcame huge obstacles to find their love for each other and bring their families together. And along the way the story made me really hungry for all the great food that was described in it.
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Loan Le is the author of the YA rom-com, A Pho Love Story, and the forthcoming YA contemporary novel, Solving for the Unknown (out Summer 2023).

Loan is the youngest child of two Vietnamese immigrants hailing from Nha Trang. She holds an MFA degree in fiction from Fairfield University, also her undergraduate alma mater. A Pushcart Prize–nominated writer, her short stories have appeared in CRAFT Li

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