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Nothing But the Truth by Justina Chen
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it was ok
bookshelves: ya

Initially the voice of Patty Ho, half Asian, half white and feeling out-of-place everywhere, was witty and enjoyably snarky. I loved her riffs on her Taiwanese mother's lectures and the parental boasting at her mother's Potluck dinners. Her feelings of being second-best to her Harvard-accepted older brother were easy to get too.

Once she goes off to Stanford math camp though, the book began to get more disappointing. The wise-cracks which read so easily in the beginning began to seem forced and a bit relentless. Her roommate in camp starts teaching her to embrace her 'hapa exoticism' and everything becomes all about sexiness in an irritating way. Brains, being hapa, breaking rules (risking getting thrown out of the camp for which her mother has paid a *lot* of money) -- all about being sexy. It was also kind of a pity that the only truly nice white character was her camp counselor, who of course was engaged to a drop-dead gorgeous Asian girl.

All that said, the good in the book was sufficient that I'm still going to try North of Beautiful.
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July 13, 2009 – Finished Reading
July 15, 2009 – Shelved
July 15, 2009 – Shelved as: ya

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