“Our cousins have done this program,” Sophie whispers. “Best kept secret. Zero supervision.”
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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
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! ...more
this book hit me hard.
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 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
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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The romance situation is messy so if that is an issue for you, be warned. But this was really fun!
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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
"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
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
Yeah... I’m just really not into the love triangle and all the tropes.
Also, I thought it was weird that BOTH of her love interests had girlfriends? (One of them being her friends boyfriend)
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
Taiwan isn’t written about a lot in young adult fiction, but is a place and culture that I’d love to learn more about. As a part of China Taiwan is and isn’t Chinese. It has a melting pot feel that nicely bridges Chinese and American cultures. Loveboat, Taipei gives us a glimpse into what it means to be an Asian American teenager getting back to their Taiwanese roots.
Did Loveboat, Taipei get too crazy for this Fangirl to handle?
It's Lunar New Year and some folks on the Internet's put together a wonderful little readathon featuring Asian authors for the occasion. Of course I wanted to participate because I love my friends and I love reading Asian authors. The book I chose for my readathon was Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen.
Loveboat, Taipei follows Ever Wong, an 18-year-old overachiever who was just admitted to Northwestern's prestigious medical program. She's also been accepted to the Tisch School of the Arts in ...more