The story is inspired by Wen’s own experiences in the program as a teen. Yes, I agree that many will be able to relate to Ever’s journey! The disease is deadly and according to BBC, the spread is accelerating. “Best kept secret. Book Reviews. Loveboat, Taipei is coming-of-age book about living your best teenage life. My name’s Ikram and welcome to my blog where I talk (mostly) about YA books. Whether or not we agree with their choices, we can understand why they act in these ways and how some extend reconciliation to each other. I am looking forward to seeing where Wen goes with this series. For some, taking care of the family is the most important aspect of their life. Loveboat, Taipei is a sparkling debut novel by Abigail Hing Wen,  a YA contemporary story set at a language school in Taipei, Taiwan, following the journey of our main character, Everett Wong. Wen has additional appearances scheduled in New York next week, including Books of Wonder in Manhattan, and the Great Neck Public Library on Long Island, before she heads home to California. The cast of characters includes Wong, Yale-bound Rick Woo, boy-crazy Sophie Ha, and Xavier Yeh, who carries a dark secret. Start typing to see results or hit ESC to close, Trans Women Reportedly Hosed Down By Fire Truck in Indonesia to ‘Cleanse’ Their ‘Impurity’, Meet EASTERN PEOPLE, a New Clothing Collective for Asian Cultures. “Loveboat, Taipei” is available through your local independent bookseller IndieBound or Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Target. We want to hear from you! Call: 1-800-278-2991 (US) or 1-818-487-2069 (Outside US/Canada) 5 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Fri (Pacific). Feature Image (right) via @loveboattaiwan, Asian-American News Content Warnings: suicide ideation, aerophobia, partner abuse, latrophobia, injuries, racism, slut shaming. That same week, Wen hit the road, beginning close to her home with a launch event at Kepler’s in Menlo Park, Calif.—Wen lives in the Bay Area—in conversation with YA author Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes), which drew a crowd of nearly 200. Making memes and “dark jokes” about the situation is not the way to spread awareness. Publishers: Simon & Schuster UK / HarperTeen, Genres: Young adult contemporary & romance, “Our cousins have done this program,” Sophie whispers. Loveboat, Taipei portrays the diversity of the Asian-American experience through the various participants of Ever’s study abroad program. Rated R . Life doesn’t always wrap up so nicely, but it’s nice to believe that communication can resolve some of our differences. Asian Lifestyle Pages:414 . Can a Book Have Too Many Points of View? Ever for short. Again, I didn’t mind that this book was full of drama–have I mentioned I love Crazy Rich Asians?--but I just wish the serious topics were handled with more care. And under sexy Xavier Yeh’s shell is buried a shameful truth he’ll never admit. Your email address will not be published. Yes, I love how the little details develop the characters’ backgrounds, showing their similarities and their differences. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. It’d be neat if Ever’s sister goes to Taipei! Like how most teenagers nowadays, Ever wanted to take a different path for her life; becoming a professional dancer. I appreciated his casual inclusion in the book, but I didn’t like how his storyline hinged on Ever’s. ( Log Out /  I appreciate getting your take on this one because the title caught my eye when I first spotted it. “Also, people are enjoying the large cast of diverse Asian-American characters—over 30 of them! Will I recommend it to you? Wen is repped by Joanna Volpe and Pouya Shahbazian of New Leaf Literary & Media and attorney Steve Younger of  Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light LLP. A mostly-positive thumbs-up. Loveboat, Taipei is a sparkling debut novel by Abigail Hing Wen, a YA contemporary story set at a language school in Taipei, Taiwan, following the journey of our main character, Everett Wong. ». Thanks, Suzanne! I'm a bibliophile who can easily spend the day immersed in a good read. PW “All Access” site license members have access to PW’s subscriber-only website content. Thanks, Marie! At least, it’s what I feel with Loveboat, Taipei. By Abigail Hing Wen. Parents are discussing the book with their kids, and I absolutely love how this novel is bridging generations. I lo, "There's ... no such thing as witches. “Hardcover preorders serve as critical votes towards this goal,” she said. I had so much fun reading Loveboat, Taipei and ahh I had no idea there was another book in the works? Ever is one of the reasons that keep me going with this book, even when things went down the hill. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Synopsis From The Book “Our cousins have done this program,” Sophie whispers. Not at first. There may be some things I’m forgetting. Because of the content and the age of the characters, this book is more appropriate for a new adult audience, older teens and up. Wen’s tale introduces 18-year-old Everett “Ever” Wong, a medical student with dreams of being a dancer, who thinks she’ll be spending the summer at a strict Mandarin language and Chinese culture program in Taiwan chosen by her conservative immigrant parents. The sticker sheet was additionally used in Barnes & Noble stores throughout the country and in ARC mailings. Asian Entertainment News Both like Ever. One is Rick Woo, “wonder boy,” professional parent-pleaser and all around good guy. Gone is Chien Tan, the strict educational program in Taiwan that Ever was expecting. It only gets more complicated from there. “My character, Ever, tries to figure out what her parents are worried about and she needs to get to a place where she’s strong enough in terms of what she wants to do with her life,” she explained. “She manages to explore complicated themes like identity and cultural expectations while also giving readers an authentic glimpse into the mind of an Asian American teenage girl. Far from it. “Loveboat, Taipei” is set to release on January 7. Hello! Enjoy your stay! I write under the name Kester Long. ( Log Out /  She’s constantly in argument with herself whether or not what she’s doing is right. The story has a cast of over 30 Asian Americans and Wen’s hope is that it will be made into a movie and increase diversity and representation in Hollywood. In addition to being a doctor, Ever’s parents also want her to learn Mandarin and reconnect with her roots. She discovers herself. But Chien Tan, nicknamed Loveboat by its students, is nothing like Ever expected. Zerosupervision.” And just like that, Ever Wong’s summer takes an unexpected turn. The other is Xavier Yeh, the “bad boy” of the triangle, known for sleeping around and slacking off. In its place, she finds Loveboat: a summer-long free-for-all where hookups abound, adults turn a blind eye, and the nightlife runs nonstop.

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