Title: American Panda
Author: Gloria Chao
Genre: YA, contemporary
Release Date: February 6th, 2018
Format: print ARC
Synopsis: 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?
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It took me a few tries to write this post. I even considered trashing the idea altogether, but a part of me just really needs to write this— for my own sake, and for any other bloggers that can potentially relate to my experiences.
The title is a bit vague, but instead of prefacing this post like I usually do with my discussions, I’m just going to dive right in!
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I know that by now you guys are probably sick of reading 2017 wrap-up posts. But hopefully you have it in you to read just one more! I recently posted my list of Top 2017 Reads, which highlights my favorite books of the year. This post is not quite the same; this is going to feature my reading stats (which I made handy-dandy graphics for), and just a couple things I want to work towards in 2018. Here we go!
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Hi friends! I realize I’m a bit behind with this post, as most bloggers have already posted their 2017 wrap-ups and favorites list. But I was frantically trying to reach my Goodreads goal literally up until the last 20 minutes of the year (I had to read one and a half books on December 31st in order to reach my goal—I don’t recommend this lifestyle kids, it took some real effort, LOL). Good news is I reached it! But I waited until I was 100% done with all my 2017 reads before I made a wrap-up (coming very soon!) or end-of-the-year list, just in case one of those last-minute reads became a favorite (spoiler alert: none of them did).
But I had the pleasure of reading some really amazing books in 2017! I’d say, in terms of quality, it was one of my best years yet! I chose not to do a set number of favorite books on my list (top 10, 5, etc.), just because I’d rather feature all the books that really deserve it! Don’t worry, it’s still a fairly short list.
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Hi friends, Happy New Year! I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the start of 2018 than by participating on my first Rock Star Tour, for a book I absolutely adored no less!
Today I’m sharing my thoughts on this action-packed, “batty” novel by the queen of high-tech stories, Marie Lu! There is also a giveaway for three finished copies of Batman: Nightwalker later on in the post!
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