Title: Loveboat, Taipei
Author: Abigail Hing Wen
Publishers: Simon & Schuster UK / HarperTeen
Page counts: 432 pages
Genres: Young adult contemporary & romance
Publication date: January 7th 2020
“Our cousins have done this program,” Sophie whispers. “Best kept secret. Zero supervision.”
And just like that, Ever Wong’s summer takes an unexpected turn*.* Gone is Chien Tan, the strict educational program in Taiwan that Ever was expecting. 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.
But not every student is quite what they seem:
Ever is working toward becoming a doctor but nurses a secret passion for dance.
Rick Woo is the Yale-bound child prodigy bane of Ever’s existence whose perfection hides a secret.
Boy-crazy, fashion-obsessed Sophie Ha turns out to have more to her than meets the eye.
And under sexy Xavier Yeh’s shell is buried a shameful truth he’ll never admit.
When these students’ lives collide, it’s guaranteed to be a summer Ever will never forget!
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Little facts about this book
🍂 Tropes: love triangle, friendzone, fake dating
🍂 Tagged: author of colors, diverse characters; Chinese-American, Taiwanese-American, Taiwanese-Aboriginal rep
🍂 Favorite character(s): Sophie and Ever!
🍂 Rating: 3 stars
🍂 Favorite shelf: umm no, this book didn’t quite meet my expectation
🍂 Will I recommend it to you? If you’re a fan of Jenny Han’s books, I think you’d love this!
Trigger warnings: leaking of private pictures, depression, talk about attempted suicide
One of the reasons why I picked this book because I love both Crazy Rich Asians and La La Land. Well, to be honest, I didn’t see those two aspects in Loveboat, Taipei. And, it’s possible for a book to be a really page turning for the first half, then it went bad for the rest of the book. Worst book is not something I would describe, because there are things I love about this book. Okay, let’s go for the good things first!
Loveboat, Taipei is coming-of-age book about living your best teenage life. Ever always lives under her strict parents’ expectations and rules. Her parents already set a long-term goal that Ever should achieve, which left her jealous of her best friend’s life, Meghan. Like how most teenagers nowadays, Ever wanted to take a different path for her life; becoming a professional dancer.
I love Ever’s character. I think many young girls would relate to her—I know younger me would. You want to follow your passion when it comes to choosing your major in college, but you also don’t want to disappoint your parents because they expect you to apply to “promising” major.
I love Ever’s rebellious side. She’s constantly in argument with herself whether or not what she’s doing is right. Being sent away to a summer program in Taipei, only to find yourself living a life you never though you’d have is a great idea for a coming-of-age book. I love reading Ever’s struggle to make the best summer in Taipei, I love reading about her dilemma. Ever is one of the reasons that keep me going with this book, even when things went down the hill.
It’s true, a book can be good and page turning for the first half and become boring for the rest of the book. At least, it’s what I feel with Loveboat, Taipei. I was really caught up with the idea of summer program, reading more about Taiwanese culture, Ever’s and Sophie’s friendship, Ever’s passion for dance. Instead, I got some cheesy love triangle.
I know, what is a book without romance on it, right? But I just wish, Abigail Hing Wen would explore more about Ever’s passion for dance instead of focus on the romance only.
That being said, I have a neutral feeling about this book; I neither like or despise it. I’m not sure I would read the sequel, but let’s see if I change my mind in a year.
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