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Loveboat, Taipei

(Loveboat, Taipei #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  900 ratings  ·  363 reviews
For fans of Crazy Rich Asians or Jane Austen Comedy of Manners, with a hint of La La Land

When eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achieving kids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Simon & Schuster Children's UK
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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
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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Jan 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Well, I’m glad this is now over.
In reality, I should’ve DNF’d this book. I knew it wasn’t going to be for me, but I thought the story would’ve developed more substance as it went on. But it didn’t.

It felt so lacklustre overall, even though I appreciated what this book was trying to do.

I related to Ever in a way. The immigrant story, the guilt, your parents, the expectations they place on you, identity, the disconnect etc. All of us who come from an ethnic background have experienced this in
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
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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Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Aug 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
This. This is the content we need.

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
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
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, favorites, arc
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
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
caitlin ✶
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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
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,
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,
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
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
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
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Me: the perfect YA book doesn't exist.
Loveboat, Taipei: Hold my beer.

Do I dare say, three days into the new year, that this is already one of my favorite reads of the year? I do!

Listen, I picked this book up because someone pitched it to me as "Gossip Girl, but make it diverse and add realistic drama" (you know, not things like selling a girl for a hotel but rather trying to meet your parents' expectations while forging your own way in life). And boy oh boy, were they right. This was the perfect
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(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  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as i did to be honest. I requested it on a whim and i'm very pleased I did!
The characters are great and the plot is a whole lot of fun. Would recommend!
Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So this is just the most adorable book.

It’s a coming of age and, yes, it’s got a love triangle, but I just have so much love for this.

I loved our main character who is in a constant struggle between her Asian heritage and her American Culture. And I loved ALL of the characters. The book has all the feels – sometimes you’re cracking up and other times you’ve got tears (both sad and happy).

I will say that she ends up with the wrong boy! (lol – okay, my opinion, but seriously the wrong one)

"I would die for my family if I needed to. I would emigrate to a foreign country and give up dancing to unwrap blood-soaked bandages every hour of every day if it meant food and shelter for my family. But because of them, I don’t have to."

"I never talk to my parents about the books I read or the music I love or the dances in my head. I can't trust them not to take what bit of soul I offer them and not throw it away into a dumpster."

"And as I lunge and whirl my bo staff, dancing to the ancient
Jan 13, 2020 added it
After DNF'ing at page 226 picked it again, and DNF'ed again at page 344

My thoughts keep being the ones refered below. The book is solid, but there is an off tempo or sth and I don't find myself caring or wanting to know how things are going to go with the characters or the plot.

DNF'ed at pg 226

It's not a bad book, it opens your eyes to expectatives put on kids, and while it talks about Asian-American kids and dealing with the expectatives coming from their traditions and culture, I think anyone
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard


I really really liked this book. It was one of my most anticipated and didn't disappoint. I can definitely see why it was compared to To All the Boys I've Loved Before and Crazy Rich Asians. It definitely evokes a lot of those vibes.

I liked the conflict, the different rep, the discussions about class, wealth, racism and immigration. It doesn't deep dive into the topics but it's brought up in conversations between characters as they bond. I
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
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 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
4/5 such a STRONG debut and makes me want to learn chinese like right now.
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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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