Title: Loveboat, Taipei | Author: Abigail Hing Wen | Series: Loveboat, Taipei #1 | Age: Young Adult | Genre: Contemporary, Romance | Publication Date: January 7, 2020 | Trigger Warning: N/A | Links: Add on Goodreads • Purchase on *Book Depository
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—.:* Quick Recap!
☆ This book is aboutEver Wong and her journey in a summer camp in Taiwan, where she’s not only embracing her culture but also her true self.
☆ Read this book if you’re a fan of a fast-paced and intertwining love story and looking for a great cultural representative of Asian families.
☆ You might want to consider it because certain scenes were rushed which made the story feels jumpy.
—.:* More Thoughts!
Loveboat, Taipei is one of my most anticipated releases, and although it was enjoyable, sadly, it’s just not what I was quite expected. I’m going to start with the aspect that I liked the most about this book, which is the cultural representation. I’m not Chinese, but these representations are also applicable in other Asia countries and they’re described greatly. I’m fortunate enough to come from a family that’s not as strict as Ever’s, but it doesn’t mean that the expectation isn’t there. The comparison to other kids, the subtle hints and hopes for better grades, better schools, better jobs, I went through it all. And as someone who has similar experiences with Ever, I understand that it’s not something that one could just fight back easily. Especially since it’s happened for years ever since a young age, that it becomes normalized in our mind and seen as the default way to do everything in life.
My parents would slit their throats for my happiness, and in return, my future is their future.
Moving on, I truly enjoyed Ever’s journey in the camp and her first impression of witnessing her culture as something majorly celebrated. The description of Taiwan, from the boba trend to the more extreme side like snake-sake, was narrated wonderfully. I also had a great time peeking through all of the amazing classes that camp held. (Can I visit this place, pretty please?) And of course, Ever’s passion for dancing was a complete delight to witness!
However, a few things restrain my ride in following Ever’s journey. One thing that mainly bothered me throughout the whole story was the rushing in scenes. Sometimes, I couldn’t imagine how a certain scene looks like because the description was overlapped one after another. I also had trouble to engage with the side characters. Because although they were fun, the issue was there were simply too many of them. I struggled to memorize their names, let alone memorize their roles in this story.
Seven thousand miles away, their invisible hands are still tight around my life.
My last issue is clearly a matter of subjectivity, but I’m not invested in the love triangle’s trope. Though I can see that my younger self will enjoy this plot a lot more than my current self.
In conclusion, Loveboat, Taipei was a delightful debut with extraordinary representatives. If you’re looking for not just a fun coming-of-age journey, but also a mission of cultural embracement and self-finding, with a stir of drama and twisted friendship, then be sure to add this book to your next reading list!
—.:* The Verdict!
Thank you to the author for providing me with a review copy for joining #LoveboatTaipeiBlogTour in exchange for an honest review. The quotes above were taken from an advanced review copy and are subject to change upon publication.
—.:* About the Author
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. Find her on: Website | Twitter
—.:* Free Wallpaper!
For my stop today, I’m excited to share a wallpaper which based on Eve’s passion for dancing in Loveboat, Taipei! The color scheme is neon red-purple which reminds me of the nightlife on Taiwan’s street!
—.:* INTL Giveaway!
Enter here to win a copy of Loveboat, Taipei! This giveaway is sponsored by HarperCollins International. It opens internationally and ends on January 16, 2020.