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3.43  ·  Rating details ·  398 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Disregard all previous good fortunes.

Meet Erin. Smart student, great daughter, better friend. Secretly the mastermind behind the popular advice blog Miss Fortune Cookie. Totally unaware that her carefully constructed life is about to get crazy.

It all begins when her ex-best friend sends a letter to her blog - and then acts on her advice. Erin’s efforts to undo the mess plu
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Hardcover, 276 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Henry Holt
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Ren nerdychampagne
HOLY HELL.

I am literally graduating in less than twelve hours. I'M FREAKING OUT.

YOU CAN FINALLY READ MY FULL REVIEW ON MY BLOG : NERDYCHAMPAGNE

This book tells us that everything, one way or another, are connected. So no matter how hard you try to hide that little secret of yours, it’ll get out in due time.

Overall, the story was unique, humorous, stupidly sweet, and real. It was a lovely story of friendship, truth, family, and just all kinds of relationships. In case you’re feeling down and con
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Cindy
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: flc-2013, teen
I enjoyed this but had some problems with it. It's cute and has some nice messages about what it means to be a good friend and a good daughter. If there's a moral to this story, it's that it pays to be honest with your loved ones and to trust them to ultimately do right by you.

On the one hand, I enjoyed the idea of a white young woman being the outsider and trying to be accepted into what would be considered a minority group elsewhere in the country. On the other...I found Erin's attempts to fit
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Mary Kate
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Smart is going to cause problems in life. That's what this book shows. It shows that no matter how smart you are, you will love, you will have family problems, and you will make mistakes. This story is one of one true fact. Love for family. Mei wants to respect her family and go to Harvard. Love for boys. But she would rather go to Stanford to be closer to her loving boyfriend. Erin becomes close to Wayland while trying to help me. And most of all love for friends. Mei, Erin, and Linny have prob ...more
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
I want to thank Henry Holt and Company and the author, Laren Bjorkman for providing me with an ARC of this book to read and give an honest review. This book was read and reviewed as part of the book tour taking place through the following tour site: http://www.crossroadreviews.com/. Obtaining this book for free has in no way influenced my thoughts.

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Meet Erin. Smart student, great daughter, better friend. Secretly the mastermind behind the popular advice blog Miss Fortune Cook
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Estelle
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Estelle by: The Story Siren
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

Miss Fortune Cookie was such a pleasant surprise for many reasons but here are a few that stood out:

- It talked about how to deal with the challenges of threesome friendships in a way where each girl had a different (and well-established connection) with each other. (This is so rare.)
The challenges of choosing colleges especially when you want to stay close to your best friends and aren’t ready to make that leap out of your comfort zone quite yet
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Cherie
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a breath of fresh air. No vampires, no shape-shifters, no angels, demons, fairies or any other supernatural creatures. No teenage sex, no crazy partying, no love triangle, or any of the other gimmicks used so often in YA lit. And, you know what? I didn't miss any of it! This is true realistic fiction. The story revolves around Erin, the anonymous writer of an advice blog called Miss Fortune Cookie, and her two Chinese-American friends, Mei and Linny. They are seniors in high school whose b ...more
Wandering Librarians
Erin has a secret. She is the anonymous writer behind the Miss Fortune Cookie advice blog, which is only growing in popularity. Erin and her two best friends, Linny and Mei, are anxiously waiting to hear where they got into college. Mei has a serious problem. Her mother has wanted her to go to Harvard since her birth, but Mei wants to go to Stanford to stay near her boyfriend. Mei writes a letter to Miss Fortune Cookie asking for advice, and when she takes Erin's advice, Erin feels terrible. Try ...more
Lo
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, 2013, yes-and-no
As a Chinese-American kid myself, I know that there aren't enough decent Asian-American novels out there that actually capture the truth of the Chinese-American family. This novel, though a fine attempt, was based mostly on stereotypes.

I obviously can't expect the author to get the way Chinese people (the ones who immigrated from China after childhood) speak English exactly right; I can't even get that right, and I live with these people. But honestly, quoting Confucius and having the Chinese mo
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Amelia
Originally posted on The Authoress: Book Review and More.

I picked up Miss Fortune Cookie in response to seeing it everywhere -- on blogs, on people's profile picture, on Goodreads status updates. Out of sheer irritation, I looked it up to see what the heck all the commotion was about, and I was surprised to see that it looked like a very promising, cute book. I immediately checked it out from my local library and buzzed in anticipation for the moment when I would finally be able to read it. It w
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Kathy Martin
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a fun contemporary story told through the eyes of a high school senior at an elite public school. It is the story of friendship and cultural differences and understandings and misunderstandings.

Erin and Mei were friends from early childhood who went a bit astray from each other in eighth grade. Now they are reunited along with a new friend Linny in high school. While Erin was born in China and has lived in San Francisco's Chinatown since she was very small, she is actually Irish but say
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Liviania
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Erin attends the prestigious Lowell High School, along with her best friends Mei and Linny. In just a few days they'll know which colleges they got in to, but the girls aren't sure where they want to go. Then Mei writes to advice blogger Miss Fortune Cookie and decides to follow her advice. But Erin is secretly Miss Fortune Cookie and not certain she gave her friend the best counsel.

I really enjoyed MISS FORTUNE COOKIE. Erin is a terrific main character. She jumps to conclusions, interferes in o
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Emz Chang
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Before I say anything, let me say that I normally don't read hat many contemporary, realistic fiction books. Those of you who have visited this blog before know that I am a fan of fantasy and paranormal books. Books where things happen that you can only dream of. Not books that you can dream but have a little chance of happening, like becoming prom queen and having a happy ever after with your king.

Miss Fortune Cookie is about a girl, Erin, with a blog. That was what initially drew me to the boo
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Henry Circle
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it

What a breath of fresh air Erin is! She's not the usual brooding, complicated protagonist we get in so many young adult contemporary novels. She seems to genuinely love her school, her friends, her mom. Life in general! Her friends aren't quite as bubbly and content. They are more caught up in typical teen issues of romance and identity so it seems natural that Erin should give her conflicted friends a little push in the right direction. When Erin feels her Miss Fortune Cookie advice might have
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Celeste_pewter
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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WTF Are You Reading?

Miss Fortune Cookie presents readers with a story of three charming young women transitioning from high school students, unquestioningly obedient daughters, and best friends; to free thinking young adults, ready to challenge expectations and follow their own diverging paths.

The thing that makes this story stand out is the fact that the narrator Erin, presents her world to readers from the point of view of an outsider looking in. She is Caucasian, and though she was born in China and now lives in
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Bree
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, young-adult
I really enjoyed reading this book…it’s true “young adult” without all the gimmicks that the genre brings. 3 girls are about to graduate from high school, they’re worried about their grades, which universities they will be accepted to and, of course, boys.

I loved Erin’s character – she was a little bit sweet, a little bit sassy and VERY funny. She’s the kind of girl that I’d actually want to be friends with if she wasn’t a character in a book. Mei and Linny were a good addition to the story, mos
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Leanne
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book brought back wonderful memories! Like the main character, Erin, I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area Area and went to Lowell High (Go Cardinals!). I totally found myself going "Yup, that's what it was like" with the academics, the pushy, hopeful parents, and the accepting, but crazy at times city atmosphere. The best thing was that I could relate to the Irish, brought-up Chinese Erin, since I am full Chinese myself, but look as if I'm of mixed descent, and had friends questi ...more
Ash
Dec 05, 2010 rated it liked it
This is a little closer to a 3.5 than it is to 3. A very cute story, but some of the plot elements didn't make sense together. A full review to come some time in the next century:D
Lauren Morrill
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed being inside Erin's head. She's smart and funny. The book gave me some serious Lane Kim flashbacks, and you know how I love Gilmore Girls!
Sienna
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
it has great advice
Natalie
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was such a cute read! Picked it up for a challenge (needed something with a scene in Chinatown) and got this little gem.

Erin is a non-Chinese girl who was born in China now living in Chinatown. She wants nothing more than to be Chinese. She even dyes her hair black to try to fit in. But she's also super smart; and she also runs an advice blog called Miss Fortune Cookie. I loved the characters, especially Erin's. I felt I could really relate to her...not in wanting to be Chinese, but in
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Enakshi
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5/5
This book is so cringey. Like it's one of those books where it only reads well if you're like 12 years old because you don't know any better. ugh, the story was a lot different then what if imagine it to be, but it was worse! Erin's thought process is portrayed like she's literally 2 years old. It was too childish to be believable.
Jenn
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
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Isa
Okay, so I won this book in a giveaway, so I cherish it anyway. Because yay, I won something. Not even going to lie, I entered the giveaway because of the pretty cover and no matter how the content actually turned out, five stars in my heart just for winning and being super pretty.

I read some reviews before I got it and was marginally upset that some people were complaining that they couldn’t foresee the next events of the plot, which struck me as an odd thing to say because I feel that I don’t
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Skye (Skye's Scribblings)
Genre: Young Adult Light Contemporary
Rating: Teen (minor suggestive material, minor swearing)
Told: First Person Singular (Erin), Past Tense

Three Words: Simple. Zany. Instalove.

Writing: A light read with a fun voice. And I enjoyed all the Chinese references.

Setting: San Francisco. "Colorful" doesn't even begin to describe the San Fran that Lauren depicted, leading me to believe she embellished a bit - I mean, c'mon, Erin was accosted by crazy people every time she set foot outside her door!
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Christianna Marks
You can read this and many other reviews on my YA book blog The White Unicorn!

I can't tell you that I loved this book, because I didn't, but I thought I'd start this review by telling you things that I did like, cause there were some really cool things happening in there. I loved that Erin isn't actually Chinese, she American/Irish but she grew up in China and has Chinese friends. It keeps things interesting. I also loved the advice column that she writes and with a name like Miss Fortune Cooki
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Joy Sallegue
Full review on The Bookshelf Intruder

I consider myself lucky for having read Miss Fortune Cookie by Lauren Bjorkman. This book was a pleasant surprise, a gem that YA fans should read.

There's just so much to love about this book. First off, the main character, Erin, is smart, funny, and kind. She goes to a school for academically gifted students, she resides in a Chinese neighborhood in San Francisco, and she runs a wonderful anonymous advice blog called Miss Fortune Cookie. She is Miss Fortune
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Chelsey Wolford
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Miss Fortune Cookie was a phenomenal book that takes a look at a different culture, friendship, and the road to adulthood. Erin Kavanagh runs a blog under the pseudonym of Miss Fortune Cookie. Her blog is like an advice column where people write in with their random issues and concerns and Erin, secretly, gives them advice mostly in the form of proverbs that one would read in a fortune cookie. Erin is just your normal, average high school girl until she reaches her senior year and her friendship ...more
JeanBookNerd
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Lauren Bjorkman's Miss Fortune Cookie is a fun and entertaining story about friendship, family, and the struggles of being true to yourself. The story centers around Erin, the anonymous writer for a popular advice blog, and her two Chinese-American friends, Mei and Linny. Erin and Mei had recently tried to rekindle their friendship that had fallen apart in the eight grade. Being seniors in high school, their concerns consist of choosing which college to go to. Mei has a boyfriend that she kept s ...more
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