Hello, everyone! I was so excited to be a part of this blog Tour for American Panda! American Panda has been on my most anticipated releases list for a while now and I am so happy to be able to share my feelings about this wonderful book!
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 6th 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and crush on a Japanese classmate.
At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents' master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.
With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can't bring herself to tell them the truth--that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.
But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?
I had so much fun reading American Panda! I found myself laughing out loud throughout the book! Mei is such a fun and interesting and awkward character. I loved the fact that Mei is in college. You don't see that much in YA. I loved all the characters, especially the fact that they had flaws. They were complex and interesting. Mei and Darren are so cute!I loved how family was a big part of American Panda. I loved seeing Mei find herself. Also, the food descriptions made me so hungry. Don't read this on an empty stomach! I really enjoyed this fun, cute, and witty Contemporary!
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About the Author
Gloria Chao is an MIT grad turned dentist turned writer. AMERICAN PANDA is her debut novel, coming out February 6, 2018 from Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster.
Gloria currently lives in Chicago with her ever-supportive husband, for whom she became a nine-hole golfer (sometimes seven). She is always up for cooperative board games, Dance Dance Revolution, or soup dumplings. She was also once a black belt in kung-fu and a competitive dancer, but that side of her was drilled and suctioned out.
Visit her tea-and-book-filled world at gloriachao.wordpress.com and find her on Twitter @gloriacchao.
• Prize: 1 finished copy of AMERICAN PANDA by Gloria Chao
• Starts: 1/31
• Ends: 2/13
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