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Sushi for One?

(Sushi #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,268 ratings  ·  160 reviews
Lex Sakai’s family is big, nosy, and marriage-minded. When her cousin Mariko gets married, Lex will become the oldest single cousin in the clan. Lex has used her Bible study class on Ephesians to compile a huge list of traits for the perfect man. But the one man she keeps running into doesn’t seem to have a single quality on her list. It’s only when the always-in-control L ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 26th 2007 by Zondervan Publishing Company
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Lyna M Perez Lex Sakai’s family is big, nosy, and marriage-minded. When her cousin Mariko gets married, Lex will become the oldest single cousin in the clan. Lex h…moreLex Sakai’s family is big, nosy, and marriage-minded. When her cousin Mariko gets married, Lex will become the oldest single cousin in the clan. Lex has used her Bible study class on Ephesians to compile a huge list of traits for the perfect man. But the one man she keeps running into doesn’t seem to have a single quality on her list. It’s only when the always-in-control Lex starts to let God take over that all the pieces of this hilarious romance finally fall into place.(less)

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Shannah Mauney
I could not have asked for a better book. Camy Tang is a phenomenal writer! The dialogue was entertaining and had me laughing out loud. Lex Sakai is a character to be reckoned with. She is strong, stubborn, and determined to make her way in the world, regardless of what her grandmother thinks is best for her. Aiden is patient, caring, and a bit close-minded (in the beginning). I loved watching their relationship blossom. I loved watching Aiden's relationship with the Lord blossom as well. Camy d ...more
Camy Tang’s writing was definitely entertaining and had a lot of fun parts but also some serious scenes. I enjoyed Lex’s humorous and creative descriptions of the men everyone threw at her.

I also appreciated the way the author took Aiden’s journey from atheist to being interested in Church and Jesus. His best friend was a christian and gently pushed but never forced Aiden to church or made him feel less worthy because he was not Christian. Also the way the Pastor handled Aiden’s curiosity was ve
Trupti Dorge
Apr 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own
Okay first and foremost, I don’t read many chic-lits. I am not a fan of the genre but I do read one once in a while. I am very selective when it comes to which one to pick. I don’t like books that describe in detail what the girl is wearing every time she goes out. I mean that’s just plain irritating. I understand when she is going to a party or a function or something like that. That’s brings me to the next point. I also don’t like books that describe endless partying. I mean come on. Write som ...more
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sushi for One is a rollicking, witty, romance novel and had so many things I really liked about it. At thrity, Lex is being told by her grandmother that she needs to find a serious boyfriend and gives her a deadline or else she will withdraw sponsorship from Lex' junior high girls' volleyball team. Lex is very much a tomboy as well as a "sportsaholic" and has some history in her past that makes it difficult for her to be comfortable in relationships with men. So everyone in her family decides th ...more
Apr 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Dec 02, 2007 rated it it was ok
I picked this up at the library looking for a quick "chick lit" read. I didn't notice that it was considered Christian literature until I got home. The story was cute, and kept moving. The "Christian" agenda wasn't my bag, but it was relatively minimal. A little brain candy with a predictable ending. ...more
It’s good to read something outside of your normal reading box, and Camy Tang’s Sushi for One? fit the bill. A fun romp into Chinese culture, this novel gives an readers an interesting look into how life is for those stuck between generations, still trying to please the elderly members of their family, but at the same time bucking at the long-held traditions that come with them. Her quest to find a boyfriend to appease her very traditional grandmother starts out innocent enough, but then of cour ...more
Feb 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Just a heads up - the back cover copy for this novel doesn't even begin to do it justice.

Volleyball fanatic Lex Sakai is single and just fine with that until she inherits the infamous family title of "Oldest Single Female Cousin" and her Grandma issues an ultimatum. She threatens to pull funding for the beloved girls volleyball team Lex coaches unless she buckles down and finds a boyfriend in time for her cousin's wedding in four months. Armed with her "Ephesians list" - requirements a guy has
Sep 10, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Chick lit lovers
This was one busy story. Not a dull moment at all. In fact, I think Lex is the unluckiest and clumsiest chick lit character I've ever met, poor thing. I wanted to scream, "no, no, no" right along with her when she kept getting hurt. Like she belonged to the bad luck (rather than joy luck) club. She had a lot of spunk and determination, though, or as someone else described her...pluck! At times her thoughts seemed younger than her stated 30 years--like when she referred to guys as boys. And I thi ...more
Nancy Bennett
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Lex is a sports-obsessed 4th generation Japanese-American Christian who has been mandated by her grandmother to find a boyfriend in 4 months or funding the Lex's young girls volleyball team will be cut off.

Aiden is a non-Christian Physical Therapist who falls for Lex the moment he sees her -- though there are complications because he can't stand her best-friend/cousin Trish.

Oh there are always complications. I was hoping to get more insight into the cultural differences the of Japanese-American
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sushi For One? By Camy Tang
Sushi Series Book 1
Alexis Sakai's life has just taken a few unexpected turns. The biggest one is that her grandma has declared she gets a serious boyfriend or else. And yes, her grandma has the power to enforce or else. Lex finds that going against Grandma can be like trying to climb a waterfall. She does keep running into one guy but he just don't fit her list of what she wants in a man.

This story is both serious and humorous. Four cousins have become Christians and t
Wendy Sparkes
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A very lighthearted & enjoyable read!

Lex has been given an ultimatum from her Grandma - find a boyfriend before her cousin's wedding or Grandma will pull funding for Lex's high school girls volleyball team. Lex is not particularly keen on finding a boyfriend but will do anything for her girls, so either she finds another sponsor for the girls or (gulp!) she needs to find a boyfriend.

Will Lex give the problem to God & let Him guide her - or will she go her own sweet way?
Very good! Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Rachel Brand
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've been wanting to read one of Camy Tang's novels for a while now, simply because there aren't a lot of non-Caucasian protagonists in Christian novels. This might sound like an odd complaint coming from the whitest girl on the planet, but I'm actually 1/8th Indian and have always thought of myself as Anglo-Indian.

That said, I did struggle to relate to Lex at the start of this novel. I might have a big Indian family, but we don't have the same stereotypical pressures that you'd imagine - inste
Eustacia Tan
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
When I was helping Aunty Florence return her books (yes, she connects me to a lot of books), I came across this book called "Sushi For One"? Since I like basically anything Asian (fine, anything Japanese), I figured it couldn't hurt to buy this book. As a bonus, my sister was looking for some clean romances, which I think as a Christian rom-com, this book is perfect for her.

After a lot of dilly-dallying, I picked up the book and finished it amazingly quickly. This book has quite an interesting
Dec 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
I knew this was going to be a great book when the crazy grandmother showed up in chapter one. Camy Tang’s first book, Sushi For One?, is a great start to a budding career. We don’t see a whole lot of Asian chick-lit, so this book, while maintaining what we love about chick-lit, gives a taste of something new and different.

The main character, Lex, is on the verge of

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Dec 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
I was so bored reading this, really... the story just went round in circles, Lex complaining she couldn't find a guy, meeting some weird guy, then complaining again, meet lousy guy, complains about grandmother... Too many characters and none of them had any significant character developments.

I love the chick lit genre, but this was just flat & not funny at all. Sorry for this harsh review, this book just doesn't click with me :(
Penny Culliford
May 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Fresh as good sashimi, this chick lit with an Asian twist was a fun, fast read with some just enough spiritual depth to keep you pondering. I haven't read the other books in Camy's series yet, but I imagine they show Camy's bubbly personality, wit and love for Jesus in the same way as Sushi for One. Recommended for anyone who loves Christian chick lit. ...more
Natasha de Sousa
Sep 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
I read this because it was free on the Kindle. Really badly written...seems like the author is forcing 'challenges' that the characters face. Way too many 'bad things' happen to the main character and the problems are resolved really quickly and easily - this story lacks imagination. ...more
Oct 28, 2007 rated it it was ok
It was a bit too fluffy for my taste. Great prose though.
May 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
A bit painful to read, but somewhat funny, not a bad chick lit book.
Oct 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I couldn't finish this book. It was getting too long and wind-y and loads of drama happened to the protagonist. Perhaps it was because I heard it on an audiobook, which I've never done before. ...more
It wasn't perfect but in general I liked this one. ...more
May 22, 2008 rated it really liked it

Lex Sakai has committed a serious social gaffe; she's late for a family gathering. It's a Chinese Red Egg and Ginger party--a baby shower for those of us not up on our Chinese/Japanese culture. Truth be told, she'd rather be playing volleyball (that's what made her late in the first place), but Lexi's attendance is mandatory. Her plan is to say 'hello' to her marriage minded Grandma and then escape to the back of the restaurant, where all of her unmarried cousins have fled. The plan is simple, b
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sushi For One is a witty, hysterically funny romance full of multi-cultural traditions, drool worthy food, and a sharp, three dimensional protagonist who will keep you glued to the developing story from page to page. Camy Tang really brings this original story to life with her well developed characters, crisp storytelling, and her references to the younger Asian culture growing up under the expectations of their elders.

Lex is not your typical do everything she's told young woman. She believes in
Amanda Lasen
I won this book from a giveaway on the author's blog. Yay! I think I won it over the summer and I've finally got around to reading it. I have so many book in my to-read pile, but this one got a good boost thanks to the praise of my friend Kim, who raved about how great this series is. Kim and I are both members of a Christian reading group on Goodreads, called Christian Fiction Devourers, and she and I were discussing how Christian Fiction often is so predictable. The books always seem to be the ...more
Brooke Barenfanger
Cute christian novel. But it could have been better. This book has much potential, yet it wasn't quite good enough to get four stars. Lex was a very well-written character. Sassy, outspoken, and totally not afraid of offending anybody who happens to be in her way. I liked her, though she did seem to complain a lot. I also liked Aiden, her friend that just can't help wanting to be more. The dialogue was also witty and knowledgeable. However, there were several points of this book that kept it fro ...more
Rachelle Ayala
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a delightful if somewhat long, drawn-out story about a 30 year old Asian woman who is being pressured to find a boyfriend by her domineering grandmother. While the tastes of Chinese/Japanese culture sprinkled throughout the book was pretty cool, the story never gets deeper than the surface conflicts, a lot of which seem made up just to cause Lex, the heroine, more pain, embarrassment, and disappointment.

Lex is supposed to be an ultra fit volleyball player, but she comes across as clumsy
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Camy Tang’s Sushi for One offers an entertaining portrayal of four unmarried Asian-American cousins attempting to navigate the dating scene and their Christian beliefs within a family of Buddhist. Lex Sakai, heroine of the story, along with her cousins Trish, Venus, and Jenn work as a team to dodge the efforts of their you-must-get-a-husband grandmother to set them up with potential mates. Lex, a smart, sharp-tongued, independent engineer with an intense love of sports, especially volleyball, of ...more
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Admittedly, I didn't really get into this book until a third of the way through; I'm glad I stuck with it, because all of a sudden, I found that it wasn't just another story-- it was a reflection of the same experiences that I have had.

I've been to and met those exact hypocritical Christians in "meet market" singles ministries. I've been a part of groups that are comprised of people who call themselves Christians but don't understand the freedom of what that means, and instead box themselves int
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Camy writes Christian romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and cozy mystery as Camy Tang and Regency romance under her pen name, Camille Elliot. She grew up in Hawaii but now lives in northern California with her engineer husband and rambunctious dog. She graduated from Stanford University in psychology with a focus on biology, but for nine years she worked as a biologist researcher. Then God ...more

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“Aiden didn't say anything. He reached out a hand to trace a nail biting into his flesh.
"Christ's pain should always be my pain. I should never forget. I never want to. I want to keep reaching out to other people in pain." He sighed. "It doesn't always work that way. I fail more than I succeed."
"Why try?"
"Because I can't afford to. Look at Him." He stretched out his hands as if beseeching the picture. "He wouldn't give up.”
“A steaming plate appeared in front of Lex- the crab wontons, nestled in a lettuce leaf. Blond deep-fried dumplings.
Maybe she'd walk out without braining George...
Another waiter swept past their table holding two platters of Crustaceans' signature entree. Rich, briny crab. Nutty brown butter.”
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