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Love and Other Moods is a coming-of-age story set in contemporary China, about falling in love, learning to adult, finding strength, and discovering one’s place in the world.

Naomi Kita-Fan uproots her life from New York to China when her fiancé’s company transfers him to Shanghai. After a disastrous turn of events, Naomi finds herself with no job, no boyfriend, and nowhere
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Published December 10th 2020
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Christine S.
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those of us currently stuck at home because of the pandemic, this book is a welcome change of "mood" that draws you into the thrill of moving to a new country, traversing different cultures, and finding yourself halfway across the world. As a third culture kid, it was incredibly moving to see some of my own experiences reflected in the protagonist's journey. I also loved being able to catch a glimpse of old and new Shanghai through the author's global perspective. Highly recommend for a holi ...more
Steven Sheh
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book takes you on a magical journey through the struggles and personal growth of the main character Naomi, and touches upon the complexities of love, pain and healing, race, identity and self-determination. It is set in an imperfect yet beautiful metropolis which has been shaped by the similar forces that has shapes our young Naomi. This debut author writes as seasoned storyteller as she shares this wonderful story of love and other moods.
Libby G.
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beneath the facade of a romantic escapist read, I appreciated that there were a host of issues the characters struggled with in this novel, such as: racism, assault, grief, identity crisis, etc. it’s a feel-good storyline, yet also realistic in how we all experience growing pains in our twenties. This is also the first book I read that takes place in modern Shanghai, so it was nice to learn aspects from that part of the world.
Flo
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Entertaining story about Shanghai and the diverse multitudes of people that live there. Everybody that moves there seem to be escaping something, as depicted in this novel. Loved the author's descriptions of the city, of its culture, food and people. A very enjoyable read ...more
Brie Le
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally a book about modern China that's not about war or politics. Those topics are also touched on in this novel, but not in a heavy handed manner. There is a bit of Crazy Rich Asians in this novel, and a little bit of Emily In Paris (but instead it's set in Shanghai.) There are narratives of expat life, along with Chinese millennials and the silver-aged generation. The central character is a woman who just moved from New York to Shanghai in her mid-twenties, and comes-of-age while Shanghai is ...more
Han Heng
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I already read an advanced copy. This debut novel is remarkable in that it's a portrait of a city. It captures the essence of what it's like to learn to adult in Shanghai. So many coming-of-age or romance novels are set in Western cities, it's refreshing to see English-language fiction set in contemporary Asian metropolitans. I also appreciated the love triangle and intergenerational conflicts between the characters. Coming from an Asian background myself, I can relate with how the author depict ...more
Jewelle L.
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been looking for more novels that take you on an international journey and this book does the trick. I had also visited Shanghai years ago and this story brought back major memories. The descriptions are spot on. Also, love that the main love interest is an Asian dude. We need more of that, and more novels set in Asia in general. ...more
Michelle
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you the author and Feather and Dove Book Tours for providing me with a free digital copy of this book for exchange for an honest review.

Love and Other Moods by Crystal Z. Lee follows the journey of Naomi as she moves to Shanghai, China after her fiancé gets transferred. However, everything goes wrong when they call off the engagement and Naomi is heartbroken and unemployed in the huge city. The novel is full of growth, culture, friendships, and love as Naomi navigates her new life in
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Chen Alec
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel is more than just a typical romance novel, it also tackles many aspects of our lives as immigrants, expatriates, sojourners, and third cultural generation. As an international college student, I found this novel intriguing especially about self-growth and cultural awareness. This novel is highly recommended to those who are still seeking oneself.
Allison Sinor
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those of you who have had the chance to visit or even lived in Shanghai, this book will bring back some good memories and nostalgia. It’s a captivating and engaging story that was hard to put down. I literally finished it in 48 hours because I was so invested. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to take a “trip” to Shanghai while we are in the midst of the pandemic and turn on some reading mood music to set the mood!
Selena Lee
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this novel in less than 2 days!! It’s definitely a top pick for a holiday read~ anyone who has lived the big city life, chasing love and dreams; anyone who has been transplanted from east to west or vice versa; anyone who has experienced the jolting joy of finding love while finding yourself- I know that every one of you would appreciate and devour this novel. It brings me back to my own childhood: growing up as a child in the bustling city of Taipei, the annual family trips to Singap ...more
Isabel (The Reader & The Chef)
I received this book for free from MTMC Tours, Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. You can also find this review at The Reder and the Chef

Love and Other Moods is a hypnotizing story that transported me directly to Shanghai. I read this book in a couple of days with rainy weather and I don’t know what it was about this book, but it was the perfect companion for these days. We meet Naomi, a young woman that moves to Shan
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Zoe L.
You know, this book is everything I want my life to be and then some given all of the COVID restrictions we’ve been surviving through. I don’t know about you, but I always find it so exciting to move to a new place and I couldn’t even imagine the thrills (as well as nerves) of moving to a new country. And while this is a highly enjoyable story, it also takes the time to touch on some important aspects of life.

I really love a book that is entertaining yet still takes the time to expertly cover co
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Kiana Berkman
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been on a binge reading all sorts of novels set in the East, trying to learn about a culture and way of life so unfamiliar to mine. Love and Other Moods was great; I love the way Crystal Z. Lee made a point of talking about the dreams and wishes of these transient young people as they all emerge in Shanghai. The adventure of going back to your roots and visiting a country that is just as foreign to you as it is familiar. Crystal’s narrative puts you right there, showing you the bustle of ...more
Stephanie Spafford
Crystal’s debut novel, Love and Other Moods brings you right into the heart of Shanghai from the perspective of expat, Naomi. Naomi is one of many third-culture kids going to China to make it big in the land of aggressive growth and opportunity. Crystal does a fantastic job describing what it means to be ‘third-cultured’. This term is used for people born in one place, raised in another, and then as adults move to a new country for work or new opportunities. In her book, Crystal uses Naomi’s sto ...more
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Crystal Z. Lee is a Taiwanese American bilingual writer and a member of the Asian Authors Alliance. She has called many places home, including Taipei, New York, Shanghai, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She was formerly a public relations executive who had worked with brands in the fashion, beauty, technology, and automotive industries. Love and Other Moods is her first New Adult novel. Her debut ...more

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