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Loveboat, Taipei #2

Loveboat Reunion

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Sophie Ha and Xavier Yeh have what some would call a tumultuous past.

Hearts were broken, revenge was plotted—but at least they're friends now. They left the drama behind them back in Taipei—at their summer program, Loveboat—forever.

Now that fall is here, they're focusing on what really matters. Sophie is determined to be the best student Dartmouth’s ever had. Xavier just wants to stay under his overbearing father’s radar, collect his trust fund when he turns eighteen, and concentrate on what makes him happy.

But the world doesn’t seem to want either to succeed. Sophie’s college professor thinks her first major project is “too feminine.” Xavier’s father gives him an ultimatum: finish high school or be cut off from his inheritance.

Then Sophie and Xavier find themselves on a wild, nonstop Loveboat reunion, hatching a joint plan to take control of their futures. Can they succeed together . . . or are they destined to combust?

432 pages, Hardcover

First published January 25, 2022

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Abigail Hing Wen

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Abigail Hing Wen is the New York Times bestselling author and executive producer of Loveboat, Taipei, now a film "LOVE IN TAIPEI" with Paramount Plus. The companion novels, Loveboat Reunion follows Xavier and Sophie, and Loveboat Forever brings the whole gang back together six years later. Abigail holds a BA from Harvard, a JD from Columbia Law School, and an MFA from the Vermont School of Fine Arts, and, like some of her characters, is obsessed with musicals and dancing. When she’s not writing stories or listening to her favorite scores, she is busy working in artificial intelligence in Silicon Valley, where she lives with her family. You can learn more about her at www.abigailhingwen.com. Follow on Instagram/Twitter/TikTok @abigailhingwen

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200 reviews3 followers
February 2, 2022
Please let this be Xavier’s book! And do NOT match him up with Sophie... 🙏🏻
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2,085 reviews5,073 followers
April 22, 2022
Honestly, I was surprised that I enjoyed this book. Not because I don't trust Abigail Hin Wen as a writer, but it centers a character that I strongly disliked in the first book. Nevertheless, I'm happy to say that this is one was enjoyable.

Loveboat Reunion literally picks up right where Loveboat, Taipei leaves off. Readers will meet Sophie and Xavier as they are leaving to head to the "next" stages of their lives. However, certain circumstances create barriers for both characters. Sophie will face struggles at Dartmouth because she misses enrollment for a class she needs for her program and scholarship and Xavier is sent back to high school to get his diploma before he is allowed access to his trust. One of the things that I really enjoyed about this story is the way that Wen handles the theme of women in tech. Sophie is extremely nervous about her ability to fit into an environment that is not only dominated by men, but also by wealth. She faces so many challenges when she attempts to combine technology with her love of fashion. She's made fun of and she's looked down on and is constantly told that her ideas aren't good enough for the tech industry. But in the true "Sophie spirit" she doesn't back away from the challenge. Wen also does some interesting things in terms of disability representation. It is made clear in the first book that Xavier has dyslexia and has pretty much flown under the radar. Tired of his supposed inability to be successful, Xavier's father sends him back to high school to acquire his diploma. It is clear from the beginning that Xavier has a strained relationship with his father. I will acknowledge that this is content warning for parental abuse in this book. Xavier's father is cold, calculated, and emotionally/physically abusive towards Xavier. And it's this abuse that makes Xavier fold into himself and not want to address his learning disability. Xavier is often shocked to learn of the accommodations that are given to those who do have learning disabilities.

Individually the storylines were interesting because of the barriers that Xavier and Sophie faced; however, it became even more interesting when Xavier and Sophie have to travel back to Taiwan for the moon festival in order to complete assignments that they both need for school. There the relationship between Xavier and Sophie is explored in depth. I was surprised at the connection that the two build considering how awful their relationship was in the first book. They start off rebuilding their trust of one another as friends, but eventually they are able to explore it more and go further and I actually enjoyed that. The time spent in Taiwan was also the opportunity for Wen to explore, once more, stereotypical gender roles. She uses both Sophie and Xavier's family to do this. I also appreciated that she does address the toxic and abusive relationship that exists between Xavier and his father while they are in Taipei. It was hard reading him as a character; however, everything does end up coming full circle.

One thing that I wish this novel would have done more of is address Sophie's experience of what she did during Loveboat, Taipei. Sophie does feel guilt (that's clear early on); however, I wish that readers got a little more insight to her motivations. I do feel like we get more access to Sophie in this book since it's told from her perspective; however, it's a part of the first book that I really struggled with. I also wish that we got a little more scenes with Sophie and Xavier once they figure out how they feel for each other. It was nice pacing in terms of how the relationship builds, but I wanted just a tad more.

Overall, this was a nice installment to the series. Readers will appreciate seeing old friends from the first book like Rick and Ever. I know that some people may shy away from it because it is told from the perspective of Sophie and Xavier, but the character development works rather well and do think that it's something that readers can appreciate. From the ending of this one, I can't tell if there will be other books in the series, but it might be exciting to go back and visit other characters.
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February 19, 2020
I loved Xavier so it better be about him and not him and Sophie together 🥺
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449 reviews1,217 followers
March 13, 2022
Xavier deserved better, idc. Galit na galit ako.

Final impressions:
• I think my criticisms would be kinder if I were to evaluate Loveboat Reunion as a contemporary standalone novel rather than a sequel to Loveboat Taipei. Mainly because the latter requires a sense of continuity, which Loveboat Reunion absolutely failed to deliver. (However, I literally reread the first book for the sole purpose of reviewing this as a sequel.)

• My first question is: What happened? As in, what happened to the characters? What happened to the character relationships? What happened to the story's depth? Make it make sense.
- Picking up right where the first book left off (i.e. characters are leaving the glamorous, over-the-top dramatic world of Loveboat and going back into their ordinary lives), it was difficult to miss the staggering discontinuity between the books right away.

• The downfall of Loveboat Reunion truly lies in its choice of protagonist. Without any room for argument, Sophie Ha was rightfully positioned as the antagonist of the first book.
- I was never on board with While I was curious to see how the author intended to redeem Sophie's character, practically erasing her actions and allowing her to walk away without consequences was definitely not the route to take.
- In fact, it was quite infuriating that Sophie's key takeaway from what happened was "Oopsie, I guess it's very un-girlboss of me to have been so obsessed with getting a rich boyfriend."
- Speaking of, why is Sophie suddenly a reformed girlboss (or #bossgirl, as used in the book) with a newfound interest in AI and algorithms? What a weird, came-out-of-nowhere development. Especially since she had never even hinted at being interested in STEM. If anything, STEM seemed like a means to an end in her quest to become an ultra-successful millionaire.
- TL;DR: No redemption to be found. And if anything, I hate Sophie even more now.

• Similar to Loveboat Taipei, Xavier is easily the most interesting and most compelling character in this book.
- Forced back to high school, Xavier finally confronts his dyslexia and how it impacts his life, which was marvelous to read about. On top of that, the book shows a deeper, more intimate portrait of the Yeh empire - and the dysfunctional family dynamics that uphold such a legacy.
- My heart was constantly hurting for Xavier and ached to protect him from everything bad in the world.
- Having Xavier as the story's leading man is sincerely the only silver lining that Loveboat Reunion has to offer. Even though it meant having to witness Xavier fall for Sophie for a second time.

• Despite the book's title, the reunion of the Loveboat gang was underwhelming and left a lot to be desired. I was expecting an intimate (but still really fun!) affair - and instead, I got half-baked party planning with invites extended to virtual strangers who shamelessly take advantage of Xavier and his wealth. And of course, all of it is Sophie's fault. By the way,

• A second-chance romance between Xavier and Sophie just does not make a lick of sense at all. The idea was doomed from the moment it was even hinted at. You can quote me on this.

• Fuck Sophie.

Not recommended.

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868 reviews399 followers
January 18, 2022
I'd like to introduce you to Abigail Hing Wen, one of my new instabuy authors.

I thought Loveboat, Taipei was good, fun, a four star read. But Loveboat Reunion? I loved it! It felt more mature, I would consider it in the category of New Adult as all the characters are 18+. Sophie is a freshwoman in college, Xander has to repeat high school due to his severe dyslexia and trouble with reading. There are no sex scenes at all, but it does deal with some heavy things like parental abuse. Loveboat Reunion manages to explore a lot of the gray shades in relationships, the disconnect, the many faces one person can have. It also treats its characters with the outmost care, taking time to paint Xander's and Sophies' lives and inner struggles.

Sophie feels like there is a tornado inside her that sometimes just can't be controlled, and leads her to make terrible decisions. She could have easily fallen into the box of mean girl, but after patching things up with Ever, her new best friend, she is more adamant than ever that she will be turning her life around and leaving behind MARRYMESOPHIE. She will pursue her interests, and take care of herself and her family on her own, with no need for a husband. In order to do this she needs to get into an exclusive freshmen year class for AI, led by one of the top professors in the field. She will need to impress with her project in order to get out of the waitlist. To that end she will have no time for boyfriends, or guys in general.

Xander was basically kidnapped by his father and sent to repeat his senior year in high school; he either graduates, or never gets a single dime of his inheritance. Xander relents, as the only way to truly escape his abusive father is through financial freedom. Xander has to deal with familial expectations, and the shame that his having dyslexia brings to his father, and therefore his picture perfect family. While I do believe Xander would have benefitted from some therapy, it was nice seeing him deal with his issues head on. Xander can also present a false imagine of himself, and through his friendship with Sophie he is able to open up and be himself for the first time in a while. He could come off sometimes as spoiled and annoying, but it is understandable once his layers are peeled back and we are shown his history/the men in his family that have made his life near impossible.

My one main thing that sometimes got me out of the story was the way Sophie was able to pull strings in such a way to make everything near perfect for everyone. It is very... unrealistic, but that is not what we are here for? The world they navigate is full of glamour, but Sophie herself doesn't come from that world (which is something she struggles with) but she is able to make things happen as is she were a natural in the world. A little unrealistic, but it is wish fulfillment and not a gritty real world situation. It wasn't something that took me out of the story, but sometimes I just briefly rolled my eyes at.

I kept coming back to Loveboat Reunion again and again. I thought about it when I wasn't reading, and tried to take my time because it doesn't seem like it will have a sequel. I loved the journey, appreciated the slow burn relationship building between Xander and Sophie. This is a second chance book that works, because the first time around Xander and Sophie were really giving each other the worst of each, they were not being real, authentic. By creating a friendship first they were able to crack the door into their true selves, and it ends up working really well. I will be looking forward to anything else Abigail Hing Wen writes! Recommend 100%

Pre-publication comment:
If this isn't about Xavier and Sophie... I WILL REBEL.
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5 reviews1 follower
February 19, 2022
Sophie better be saving a truckload of orphans for this redemption arc.

She doesn’t.
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22 reviews34 followers
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December 25, 2020
Thus far, everyone seems to wants this to be about Xavier and Sophie. But all I want is more of Ever and Rick
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189 reviews18 followers
January 16, 2022
It was so fun diving back into the world of Loveboat! But do be warned Loveboat Reunion does not give you any recap of Loveboat,Taipei so refresh yourself or (like me) you’ll be playing catch up.

The world of Loveboat feels like a fever dream, it’s all over the top dramatics and unbelievable wealth but that makes it all the more fun to jump into. I mean, private jets, baby pandas, free everything (or so it seems) alongside some miscommunication drama and just plain rude/ungrateful people. It’s an interesting mix but it somehow works and I still devoured this one.

I really liked the focus on identity and family in here that we saw in Loveboat, Taipei, while also introducing a discussion on dyslexia and its perception. Throwing a little bit of serious in with the fun, very well done.
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505 reviews911 followers
January 25, 2022
Thank you to HarperCollins Children's Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Wow, Loveboat Reunion was so different from Loveboat, Taipei and not at all what I was expecting after reading Loveboat, Taipei. Both books had the same jaw-dropping moments involving our protagonists, but to me Loveboat, Taipei seemed more serious and grounded compared to Loveboat Reunion, which felt more over-the-top and whimsical. Not to say that Loveboat Reunion doesn’t have serious themes. Xavier’s storyline is quite serious and deals a lot with physical and emotional abuse (major TW for these). I think it was mainly Sophie’s POV and storyline that felt super crazy and over-the-top, which honestly matches her personality and the “tornado” that she describes herself as. The characters in general, though, felt so different from Book 1 to Book 2. I came out of Book 1 thinking about how flawed Ever, Sophie, Rick, and Xavier were and how horrible they all were to each other over the summer. Then, to read Book 2 and see all these characters somehow be super nice and close friends again was kind of jarring, not going to lie. It almost felt out of character, but not quite. For example, seeing Ever and Rick in love, and Sophie and Xavier falling in love again, and Ever and Sophie being BFF's after Book 1 was kinda strange LOL. I think the only relationship that seemed accurate after the events of Loveboat, Taipei was Ever and Xavier’s.

I did like the parent-child theme of Xavier’s storyline, as it’s something that I think many children of Asian parents can relate to--the theme of having tumultuous relationships with your parents and feeling guilty about still caring about them because they have given up so much for you. I don’t think that it was an excuse for the abuse that Xavier suffered, but it was definitely relatable nonetheless. There were also some discussions about identity (i.e. being Asian-American vs. Asian), but I don’t think it was as prominent as it was in Loveboat, Taipei. I think it would have been more interesting to see this theme explored further, especially when considering that Xavier considers himself as Asian-American and Sophie considers herself Asian. I’m also glad that the disability rep was more prominent in this book--I know that this was a common critique of Book 1. Overall, if you loved Loveboat, Taipei and its characters, I would definitely recommend picking up Loveboat Reunion!
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1,800 reviews145 followers
May 10, 2022
actual rating: 3.5 stars

rep: taiwanese cast, MC with dyslexia

from what i remembered, sophie wasn't such a great person in book one but has some sort of resolution with the other characters since she’s friends with ever now. the breakup with xavier in book one didn’t meant that they went on separate ways though. sophie was there, at the airport, when xavier’s father forced him back to high school to get his diploma. xavier has dyslexia so reading and writing is difficult for him. being back in high school just wasn’t right, and being the heir to a huge company isn’t the path for him too. xavier wants to draw, paint, film but he’s consistently put down by everyone. compounded since young, xavier’s relationship with his father is rough to say the least.

sophie missed a class enrollment that threatens the validity of her scholarship. struggling to find a passion project that will be acknowledged by the professor so that she can get out of the waiting list, sophie digs deep into her passions. the trip to taiwan broadened her perspective of what the future might hold for the fashion industry. throughout the book, sophie worries about her “tornado” personality.

overall, it was a fun exploration of the young, dumb, and rich. there was a private jet party, baby pandas on taipei 101, sponsored deals, and more. some of the kids were great, others not so much. it was the typical scenario of a contemporary teen novel just that they are rich and have the money to go insane with their plans.
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1,227 reviews949 followers
March 14, 2022
Another super fun, emotional and multilayered addition to this fabulous trilogy. Despite not being able to remember much about the events of book one (other than I enjoyed it) I was happy to find myself instantly drawn back into the drama filled lives of these characters. Sophie and Xavier were wonderful POV’s to follow and I’m sure I’ll happily read book three when it comes around.
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261 reviews55 followers
September 19, 2022
don’t really have much to say about this one, but it was cute. nothing mind blowing, but it had solid characters and a good plot so it’s four stars from me! a good sequel for sure.
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Author 23 books132 followers
March 14, 2022
Oh. My. Gosh. I did not think it was possible to like this more than book one, but I was very wrong. Abigail Hing Wen outdid herself with this amazing book. It had everything I wanted. My favourite characters from book one, more stupid choices, an event that can't possibly go smoothly, and enough drama to last me until whenever her next book releases.
I will admit, I got more angry in this book than I did in book one. Not only were the characters really stupid at times, but XAVIERS FATHER HAS TO BE ONE OF THE MOST UNLIKEABLE CHARACTERS EVER WRITTEN. I felt so bad for Xavier. And the reveals in this book? Shocking...family drama is my favourite.
I wish these weren't marketed as YA, as I definitely see them as more NA...but I hope Wen continues to write stories like this. These books make me think of Crazy Rich Asians. I desperately want a million books like this.
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2,214 reviews11.8k followers
January 16, 2022
I was so excited when I first heard that LOVEBOAT REUNION, a companion to Loveboat Taipei, was going to be published. And luckily for me, it lived up to my hopes and proved to be just as compelling as its predecessor! I enjoyed getting to know Xavier and Sophie a whole lot better, as well as seeing familiar faces from book one. And I couldn’t put it down, drawn in by the way they faced their struggles (Xavier with his dyslexia and complicated family, Sophie with herself and figuring out her own path) and by the highlights they experienced (or made happen). Definitely glad I picked this one up and can’t wait for it to be officially out in the world!
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April 10, 2021
is this book ever getting released
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227 reviews8 followers
May 7, 2022
I’m so behind on reviews… but this was my first YA novel in a while and I was nervous 😆 because I feel like the romance genre has slowly ruined me.

It did have a slow start… and Sophie was acting very cringe imo towards everything that happened during LoveBoat with Xavier, but it did get better as soon as she boarded the private plane.

I enjoyed reading about Xavier’s insane family drama and the fact that Sophie’s school project was the catalyst 😅. Although not so much the physical/verbal abuse that Xavier had to live with just because he wasn’t “normal”.

I really appreciated the dyslexia/dysgraphia representation in this book and having the chance to learn more about them!

My favorite quote:

“We can never fully capture the colors of the real world on a camera or in a painting. I’ll never be able to capture hers. But I can see myself trying for the rest of my life.”

As someone who enjoys photography and being behind the camera that quote resonated with me.

At the end when we learn the way Xavier and Sophie were connected 🥹😭 *be still my heart* ❤️ that was so sweet!! I cannot wait to see these books come to life on the big screen!
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775 reviews492 followers
March 22, 2022
it's always a great feeling when a sequel lives up to the beauty of the first book.

things i wasn't a fan of:
-business politics/rich people hierarchical drama
-unnecessary drama that only happens in high school

things i absolutely loved:
♡the wholesome romance
♡character growth
♡acceptance from family
♡importance of art
♡discussions on dyslexia
♡atmospheric writing
♡depth of each character
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320 reviews5 followers
October 5, 2022
2.5 stars- it was alright.

I'm surprised that I was okay with it because of how much I dislike Sophie and how she acted in Loveboat, Taipei. Giving Xavier the spotlight was the perfect thing to do; his character development shone in this. Out of everything, I think the author is best at conveying parent-child relationships. Both have made me tear up, and if the books had been focused on that instead, I have no doubt they would've scored higher for me. However, the plot lagged in the middle, the characters aren't yet wholly real, the writing was odd at times, and the attitudes that are conveyed don't appeal to me at all. The whole teenage party life thing just doesn't interest me, and the book is very much centered on that.
I think that there are many similarities between this book and Loveboat, Taipei, so if you enjoyed one, I think you'll enjoy the other.

Longer, more specific review below. All main points are in bold if you'd rather skim :)

what I liked:
-Xavier was easily the best character here and had some great character development at the end. I love when characters who face a mental health problem, disability or disadvantage embrace who they are, despite of whatever hardship they face. I love when they accept themselves, and we definitely saw that for Xavier.
-parent-child relationships. It made me tear up, and I love that I was moved by it, as I was in Loveboat, Taipei.
-the ending was great.

what I didn't like:
-Sophie. What she did is unforgiveable, and she should not have been redeemed. The only thing worse than redeeming her was to brush it all under the rug... and that's exactly what happened. Her unforgiveable act from Loveboat, Taipei was mentioned once, and even then, it was only partially implied. Aside from that,she also makes comments every now and then that strike me the wrong way— when she was upset, she asked Ever, "why am I such a girl?" This... feels like she's stereotyping women as hysterical. I don't understand what she's trying to do here, other than get attention. She also calls herself a "nerd for hire", and exclaims (yes, with an exclamation mark) that she's turning into a nerd. For a book that tries to break free of stereotypes, Sophie's pretty good at doing the opposite. Also, since when was she interested in AI and pursuing STEM? It was so sudden.
-the middle of the book lagged badly. There was nothing in the plot that interested me, with all the Loveboat party stuff. When the party did happen, it was awfully anticlimatic.
-Also, the point of a Reunion is to meet with people you once knew, not three hundred strangers who are all assholes.
-on that note: most of the characters were unlikeable, except Xavier. Sophie, I already dislike, but even the minor characters were all horrible— Bert is a dick, Priscilla won't stop talking trash and Victor is somewhat two-faced (though he did apologise in the end, I suppose). Everyone who isn't horrible, is flat (cough cough, Rick).
-none of that teenage-party-animal stuff appealed to me. The drinking, partying and trashing a fancy jet because you can is honestly a little annoying and overdone, and makes the characters even more unlikeable, in their disrespect.
-the writing was once again, odd at times. While in the previous book, I said that it implied weird stereotypes every now and then, in this book, it was just plain weird. Once, Sophie told her aunt that her aunt's baby smelt "yummy". 🙄🤔
-the romance wasn't for me. I don't like Sophie, so it's no surprise that I think Xavier deserves better.
-there is no way that the Reunion group chat had nearly a hundred people. Sorry, but Instagram caps groupchats at 32. This was just a petty detail that bothered me lol
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278 reviews180 followers
February 28, 2022
I was so hesitant when I picked this up, because while I really wanted more of Xavier, I wasn't sold on a whole book of Sophie. But I liked this so much!

There were things dragging the book down: First of all there were things in this book that struck me as very convenient, and I don't love that. There were also some things the characters did that struck me as quite unrealistic for their characters.

But besides that, I loved the book. I really appreciated how much more mature this book felt, compared to the first one. All the important topics it touched upon just really elevated the story and I really enjoyed the more serious tone it took on.
I also really liked the character development for both Xavier and Sophie. I mean, I really liked Xavier in the first book and I was just happy to read more from his perspective. But Sophie in the first book vs. Sophie at the end of this book? Two completely different characters. But in a good way you know.

I think this book actually tops Loveboat Taipei for me. I know, shocking. I just really appreciated the more mature and serious tone of this, while it still had the fun and completely ridiculous tone from the first one.
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Author 73 books425 followers
September 1, 2021
I liked this book better than I liked the first one. Sophie and Xavier made mistakes in the past that hurt both themselves and others…but they were hurt too. I wanted them together from the time I met them both in book one, and there story exceeded all of my expectations! I loved all of it!
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369 reviews14 followers
July 3, 2022
This was pretty great. Again, the theme of pushing free of familial/societal expectations was prevalent. I appreciated how this installment went into Xavier’s dyslexia and dysgraphia. Hing Wen does a good job of expressing both Xavier’s and Sophie’s struggles. The end is happy and hopeful and an enjoyable sequel to Loveboat,Taipei. Definitely see tws for this book (i.e. parental emotional abuse..)

There’s good character development in this book and empowering themes. I liked how Hing Wen addressed Sophie’s struggle of trying to be herself in a world that doesn’t respect femininity. I myself struggle to reconcile two images of myself- sometimes more masculine, sometimes more feminine. It’s hard to do that when people nitpick everything about your appearance. Sophie learns not to let that stop her from accomplishing her goals. Yes, her energy may be too hard for others to handle (lol), but she grows into herself and becomes someone she can be proud of. So yeah, Loveboat Reunion was pretty great.

A few moments from the book:
"A watch, Xavier?" Lulu grabs my arm as I step from the bathroom. Her eyes are bright and furious. "What were you thinking?'
My jaw clenches as I start toward the terrace steps. "What does a watch mean?''
“It means his clock is ticking. That you want him to die as soon as possible. It's bad luck to give as a present."

^was kinda surprised Xavier didn’t know this lol

A tic pulses in the pouch of skin under his eye. But how do you feel sorry for someone who's been a knife in your heart for years? How do you mourn someone you never planned to see again?

This is not my thing.
I can walk away and let the chips fall where they fall. But the thing is, if I say I'm not like my dad, then I have to be different from him. I have to allow people to be who they are. I have to see them for who they are. All of them. Because as much as I don't want to see Ba for who he is- a guarded fortress, ignorant about dyslexia, impatient, an asshole.. but at the same time, a guy who protects the staff, cares for their families, supports my aunts, is forever in love with, and maybe forever brokenhearted about my mother… and in the end, human.

^i suppose Xavier had the deepest quotes
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1,639 reviews803 followers
March 30, 2022
I really enjoyed Loveboat, Taipei two years ago, but it left me feeling unsatisfied and gave me a severe case of second male lead syndrome. Because XAVIER.

So imagine my joy when it turns out there's a sequel! I definitely had doubts going in though, as this YA novel is essentially a second-chance romance between Xavier (who I loved) and Sophie (who I didn't). But by the end, I was totally won over!

Unlike its predecessor, Loveboat Reunion is told in dual perspectives and the character development is stellar. There's sufficient insight into the conflicts that Sophie and Xavier each struggle with, such that I became very invested in their lives and journeys. I loved seeing them come into their own, embrace who they are, and go after their dreams.

This book also delves deeper into gender inequality and stereotypes as well as societal expectations. The disability rep is more significant here as well, with the author also exploring the stigma surrounding dyslexia and dysgraphia.

A lot happens in this sequel since we are following two protagonists now, especially towards the end. Some parts felt rushed, such as Victor's arc. I also wanted more closure between Xavier and his father, though their tumultuous and incredibly fraught relationship is definitely something many can relate to.

Once again, the Taipei backdrop is a captivating one with the author painting a lush and vivid picture of its many landmarks. Not only are there references to the first novel, we also get glimpses of Rick x Ever.

Overall, this was a solid duology that I really enjoyed. Do we get a third book? I hope we get a third book.

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Children's UK and Netgalley for an ARC of this book.
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3,546 reviews234 followers
July 31, 2022
A really strong follow up to Loveboat, Taipei. It was great getting to know both Xavier and Sophie better because I did not have the most favorable impression of them, but they really won me over. Both experienced great growth and change, but it was Xavier's journey I enjoyed the most. It was wonderful seeing him making inroads with his family, as well as accepting, acknowledging, and learning to manage his dyslexia and dysgraphia. I am always here for second chances too, so the renewed relationship between Sophie and Xavier was very satisfying.

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19 reviews
May 25, 2022
honestly did enjoy the book as much as the first. when starting i didn’t realize we were gonna be in sophie and xavier’s pov and honestly, i did not enjoy their characters perspective as much. overall i liked the story but i didn’t love all the dialect and characters. i feel like some of it was cringey or made me think of something i would said in grade school or something.
2 reviews
August 7, 2021
Such a great sequel because you get your favorite character but a whole new adventure of finding your place in the world.
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February 8, 2022
Loveboat Reunion picks up near enough where we leave in the first, throwing us back into the lives of Sophie and Xavier. I really liked Xavier’s character in the first book, so I was excited to see more layers to his character. This book definitely feels like more of a level-up for them, a more future-and-focus based storyline that fixates on their lives post-Taipei and where it takes them.

For Sophie, that’s Dartmouth, and being the best student. She has a lot of worries (failure, not feeling like she belongs) that give her character such redeeming and lifelike characteristics, because in the first novel I did feel a disconnect from her, but she did win me over in the sequel. For Xavier, life is a little different. He has to revisit school (because of his dyslexia) to be able to collect his trust fund, as per his father’s ultimatum. His storyline is very much a happiness-based one, trying to figure out what it actually is that will make his future better, and what he wants from it. But when Xavier and Sophie reunite – aka, Loveboat Reunion – the chemistry that they initially had in the first book is suddenly reawakened with a flickering flame. As they grow closer, it becomes apparent that they’re both grappling to come to terms with how their lives are going and come to a decision that shatters all the rules in place.

Overall, Loveboat Reunion was a definite whirlwind read of non-stop surprises, striking yet flawed characters, real life issues and revisits to the sparkling backdrop I loved so much from Loveboat, Taipei. It was one hundred per-cent a sequel that lives up to the hype of it’s predecessor and exceeds it’s magic. A must-read for YA and even New Adult readers. Four stars!
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