Thought I’d try my hand at Goodreads Monday this week. This meme was originally started by Lauren’s Page Turners, and involves picking a book from your Goodreads TBR list and explaining why you want to read it. This week’s book is: Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen.
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 since they were nine—and her parents’ yardstick for her never-measuring-up life.
Unbeknownst to her parents, however, the program is actually an infamous teen meet-market nicknamed Loveboat, where the kids are more into clubbing than calligraphy and drinking snake-blood sake than touring sacred shrines.
Free for the first time, Ever sets out to break all her parents’ uber-strict rules—but how far can she go before she breaks her own heart?
I’ve read so many positive reviews on this book that it initially had me intrigued! I love the inclusion of Chinese culture, especially with a character that has to battle between her ethnicity and upbringing in a different land. Challenging cultural expectations in this manner has always been interesting to me. I love that this book highlights the tumultuous period a teen goes through in the search for their ‘self’ amidst so many expectations and differing values. This one has been on my TBR for a while and I’m hoping to get to it soon!