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Loveboat, Taipei

(Loveboat, Taipei #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  543 ratings  ·  244 reviews

Perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen, and praised as “an intense rush of rebellion and romance” by #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Garber, this romantic and layered Own Voices debut from Abigail Hing Wen is a dazzling, fun-filled romp.

“Our cousins have done this program,” Sophie whispers. “Best kept secret. Zero supervision.

And just like that,

Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by HarperTeen
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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 ...more
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Lily ☁️
Jul 08, 2019 marked it as 2020-pub  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asian-rep, poc-author
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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ARC provided by publisher via edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Jen Ryland
Super cute - loved the setting, the themes of family, friendship, and following your dreams.
The romance situation is messy so if that is an issue for you, be warned. But this was really fun!

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Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!
Kayla Brunson
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
Yna the Mood Reader
"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
POV: First
Cliffhanger: No

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.

Let me start this
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 ...more
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
caitlin ✶
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

The Nerd Daily
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Tracy Truffles

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,
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, arc, favorites
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
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
I wanted to love this so much, but unfortunately I found the story so disjointed and rushed it was a struggle for me to get through it. While Ever's passion for dance was powerful and I really enjoyed her exploration of her Chinese American heritage and the pressures of family responsibility, the story did nothing to hold my attention. I thought the characters were kind of all over the place without satisfying growth and there were quite a few heavier topics that were mostly glossed over. ...more
ARC received in exchange for an honest review

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
Tiffany Chiang

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
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

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,
Jul 15, 2019 marked it as anti-library
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Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

January 7, 2020

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,
I'd seen a ton of positive reviews about this and it sounded really good to me. And this definitely wasn't a bad book, but it just didn't work well for me. It just really wasn't my kind of book.

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
Beth, BooksNest
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for gifting me with an ARC of this book.

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
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a great read!! I was seriously into the teen drama; it actually reminded me of when I was a teen and all the trouble me and my friends would get into. Good times, but also very glad they are long past because with the fun also comes the DRAMA, the CONFLICT, the occasional backstabbing and broken hearts... it was all captured beautifully in Loveboat, Taipei.

Ever loves dancing, but her parents have her on the path to go into Med School which in their eyes is the only thing that would
Bookphenomena (Micky)
3.5 - 4 stars

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
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases, arcs
I had such a great time with that one! Loved the romcom, loved the deeper themes within, finding yourself, first love, finding what you want vs. your parents expectations and more. I just really had a great, great time reading this wonderful book and would 200% recommend it.
Full review coming soon :)

Thank you to HarperCollins International for the e-ARC of this book via Edelweiss. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating.

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Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon
Synopsis: with a hint of La La Lan-
Me: *aggressively slams to-read button*
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
4/5 such a STRONG debut and makes me want to learn chinese like right now.
Full RTC.
the good:

- it's all about finding & accepting yourself
- learning to stand up for yourself and others
- new friends
- love
- the dramaaaaaa
- Mandarin. is that another language I want to have a closer look at?
- talks about the issues of growing up Asian American
- the characters, much love
- the descriptions of Taipei. I want to go there. and not be like the shitty tourists mentioned in the book

the bad:

- love triangle, kinda.
This was fine, though probably overlong (and I'm wildly curious about the fact there's a sequel to this coming). But it digs deep into immigrant families, into cultural heritage, and into what it means to appreciate your family's history and sacrifices while also honoring what you want for your own future. I didn't care about the romances here and felt all of the secondary characters were pretty one-note, but Ever herself was well-drawn, dynamic, and complex.

Taasia ✨
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
You had me at Taiwanese representation, comedy and hints of Crazy Rich Asians, but sold me at La La Land.

Not to be dramatic but I would die to have a copy of this book in my hands like, yesterday.
Review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 stars!

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen has been on my radar since I first heard about it near the end of the summer in 2019. I have loved Taiwan for almost a decade and it is probably near the top of my to-visit travel destinations on my bucket list. Learning more about this beautiful country via the experiences of a reluctant teenager was more than I expected, just
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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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