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10 01, 2017

Review: Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang

By | January 10th, 2017|Categories: Asian American, Coming of Age, Genre Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Satire|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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wangs vs the world book coverReviewed by Alisha Churbe

Jade Chang’s novel, Wangs vs. the World is highly entertaining. It is a portrait of a family complete with all of their similarities and their differences. She shows them as they come together and also when they fall apart. The novel is a very quick read. Chang’s prose is energetic and flows flawlessly. She peppers in thoughts about immigration and politics but it is not heavy-handed and fits within the confines of the novel well. The thoughts propel the story to its conclusion.

Charles Wang has lost everything. He once had everything–fancy cars, a lucrative business, many factories, enough money to be comfortable and then some. He has three children, Grace, Andrew and Saina. He’s married to his second wife, Barbra.  His first wife was killed in an accident six months after his youngest daughter, Grace, was born.

24 07, 2015

Review: China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

By | July 24th, 2015|Categories: Asian American, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , |6 Comments

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china rich girlfriend book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

China Rich Girlfriend is the sequel for the phenomenal bestseller Crazy Rich Asians. China Rich Girlfriend takes off two years from where the previous novel left off.

Rachel Chu is upset on the eve of her wedding to the young heir and Asia’s most eligible bachelor, Nicholas Young. The characters are finally getting married after the scheming and plotting of Nick’s mother Eleanor in the previous book. The sequel is wickedly hilarious with even more twists and turns than the previous novel. Rachel is on another journey with Nick and this time around, they’re looking for her birth father. Rachel has all the things most women desire–a dream wedding with the perfect wedding dress, an Asscher-cut diamond from JAR, and even an amazing fiance who would sacrifice everything for her, including his inheritance. What’s lacking is a

22 07, 2015

Review: Diamond Head by Cecily Wong

By | July 22nd, 2015|Categories: Asian American, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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diamond head book coverReviewed by Amanda Farmer

Diamond Head is the debut novel by Cecily Wong and it is a hard one for me to review. I may, however, be in the minority when it comes to how I felt about this book. I had trouble getting into the story and liking any of the characters. I found it extremely easy to put this book down and forget about it. I did manage to finish it with some difficulty. I found this book to be boring and dull, even though I really wanted to like it.

Diamond Head is a book that I wanted to like because it had such potential with characters tied to Hawaiian and Chinese backgrounds. Unfortunately, the narrative of the story kept flipping from past to present and from one point of view to another with transitions that were not smooth at