Professor Owl’s Bookcorner ~ Weekly Book Review ~May 5th, 2018

American Panda

by Gloria Chao

At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.
With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth—that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.
But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?
From debut author, Gloria Chao comes a hilarious, heartfelt tale of how unlike the panda, life isn’t always so black and white.

American Panda was an uplifting, emotional, and eye-opening read. It was certainly one of the most enjoyable reads I have had lately and a little different from the ones I have reviewed. I highly recommend this book to readers ranging from their teens, into their adult years, those who enjoy reading contemporary, as well as readers who might be wanting to dip their toes into contemporary YA for the first time!
I would like to thank NetGalley for the chance to read it.

Sweepingly funny.” —The Wall Street Journal
• “Delightful.” —Buzzfeed

“Charmed my socks off.” —David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite and Mosquito land

Available from www.kobo.com, www.kobo.ca, www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.com other fine bookstores, Local and School Libraries

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