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Sushi for One?
     

Sushi for One?

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by Camy Tang
 

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'Sushi for One? is an entertaining romp into the world of multi-culturalism. I loved learning the idiosyncrasies of Lex's crazy family—which were completely universal. Enjoy!' —Kristen Billerbeck, author of What a Girl Wants 'In Lex Sakai, Camy Tang gives us a funny, plucky, volleyball-playing heroine with way too many balls in the air. I defy anyone to

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'Sushi for One? is an entertaining romp into the world of multi-culturalism. I loved learning the idiosyncrasies of Lex's crazy family—which were completely universal. Enjoy!' —Kristen Billerbeck, author of What a Girl Wants 'In Lex Sakai, Camy Tang gives us a funny, plucky, volleyball-playing heroine with way too many balls in the air. I defy anyone to start reading and not root for Lex all the way to the story's romantic, super-satisfying end.' —Trish Perry, author of The Guy I'm Not Dating Lex Sakai's family is big, nosy, and marriage-minded. When her cousin Mariko gets married, Lex will become the oldest single cousin in the clan. Lex has used her Bible study class on Ephesians to compile a huge list of traits for the perfect man. But the one man she keeps running into doesn't seem to have a single quality on her list. It's only when the always-in-control Lex starts to let God take over that all the pieces of this hilarious romance finally fall into place.

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Romantic Times Book Reviews
'An absorbing tale of finding love in the city.' — Romantic Times Book Reviews

Edgy Inspirational Author
'This is one busy story. Not a dull moment at all....Sushi for One? is a romp....the kind of chick lit story that demonstrates 'sometimes romance needs a kick of wasabi.' And the powerful, touching ending should bring tears to your eyes. It did mine. I can't wait for the next installment!' — Edgy Inspirational Author

Publishers Weekly

This perky debut chick lit novel by Tang gently pokes fun at Asian culture and the life of Christian singles. Lex Sakai is a 30-year-old single Asian-American volleyball coach whose control-freak grandmother is determined to fix her up with a man. Lex is more passionate about making a prestigious volleyball team than dating one of her grandmother's candidates. Although a secret in Lex's past makes romance difficult, she has a six-point list from the biblical book of Ephesians detailing the "godly man" she wants. Disaster, of course, is right around the corner. The sassy narrative is solid chick lit, with all the requisite chatter about boobs, yummy food, body type, finding a guy and loser dates. Amid the nice touches of humor are some trouble spots: more food and drink are spilled in the first 100 pages than belong in a whole novel, and Lex's ultimate leading man is a foregone conclusion. The idea that her grandma would penalize Lex's young volleyball team because she doesn't have a boyfriend is a weak plot element. Although some of the content would feel stereotyped if written by a non-Asian (Lex refers to Asians as her "yella-fellas"), it's still refreshing to have Tang's voice in Christian fiction. (Sept.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310273981
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Series:
Sushi Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Sushi for One?


By Camy Tang

Zondervan

Copyright © 2007 Camy Tang
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-27398-1


Chapter One

Eat and leave. That's all she had to do.

If Grandma didn't kill her first for being late.

Lex Sakai raced through the open doorway to the Chinese restaurant and was immediately immersed in conversation, babies' wails, clashing perfumes, and stale sesame oil. She tripped over the threshold and almost turned her ankle. Stupid pumps. Man, she hated wearing heels.

Her cousin Chester sat behind a small table next to the open doorway.

"Hey Chester."

"Oooh, you're late. Grandma isn't going to be happy. Sign over here." He gestured to the guestbook that was almost drowned in the pink lace glued to the edges.

"What do I do with this?" Lex dropped the Babies R Us box on the table.

Chester grabbed the box and flipped it behind him with the air of a man who'd been doing this for too long and wanted out from behind the frilly welcome table.

Lex understood how he felt. So many of their cousins were having babies, and there were several mixed Chinese-Japanese marriages in the family. Therefore, most cousins opted for these huge-not to mention tiring-traditional Chinese Red Egg and Ginger parties to "present" their newborns, even though the majority of the family was Japanese American.

Lex bent to scrawl her name in theguestbook. Her new sheath dress sliced into her abs, while the fabric strained across her back muscles. Trish had convinced her to buy the dress, and it actually gave her sporty silhouette some curves, but its fitted design prevented movement. She should've worn her old loose-fitting dress instead. She finished signing the book and looked back to Chester. "How's the food?" The only thing worthwhile about these noisy events. Lex would rather be at the beach.

"They haven't even started serving."

"Great. That'll put Grandma in a good mood."

Chester grimaced, then gestured toward the far corner where there was a scarlet-draped wall and a huge gold dragon wall-hanging. "Grandma's over there."

"Thanks." Yeah, Chester knew the drill, same as Lex. She had to go over to say hello as soon as she got to the party-before Grandma saw her, anyway-or Grandma would be peeved and stick Lex on her "Ignore List" until after Christmas.

Lex turned, then stopped. Poor Chester. He looked completely forlorn-not to mention too bulky-behind that silly table. Of all her cousins, he always had a smile and a joke for her. "Do you want to go sit down? I can man the table for you for a while. As long as you don't forget to bring me some food." She winked at him.

Chester flashed his toothy grin, and the weary lines around his face expanded into his normal laugh lines. "I appreciate that, but don't worry about me."

"Are you sure?"

"Yeah. My sister's going to bring me something-she's got all the kids at her table, so she'll have plenty for me. But thanks, Lex."

"You'd do the same for me."

Lex wiggled in between the round tables and inadvertently jammed her toe into the protruding metal leg of a chair. To accommodate the hefty size of Lex's extended family, the restaurant had loaded the room with tables and chairs so it resembled a game of Tetris. Once bodies sat in the chairs, a chopstick could barely squeeze through. And while Lex prided herself on her athletic 18-percent body fat, she wasn't a chopstick.

The Chinese waiters picked that exact moment to start serving the food.

Clad in black pants and white button-down shirts, they filed from behind the ornate screen covering the doorway to the kitchen, huge round platters held high above their heads. They slid through the crowded room like salmon-how the heck did they do that?-while it took all the effort Lex had to push her way through the five inches between an aunty and uncle's chairs. Like birds of prey, the waiters descended on her as if they knew she couldn't escape.

Lex dodged one skinny waiter with plates of fatty pork and thumb-sized braised octopus. Another waiter almost gouged her eye out with his platter. She ducked and shoved at chairs, earning scathing glances from various uncles and aunties.

Finally, Lex exploded from the sea of tables into the open area by the dragon wall-hanging. She felt like she'd escaped from quicksand. Grandma stood and swayed in front of the horrifying golden dragon, holding her newest great-granddaughter, the star of the party. The baby's face glowed as red as the fabric covering the wall. Probably scared of the dragon's green buggy eyes only twelve inches away. Strange, Grandma seemed to be favoring her right hip.

"Hi, Grandma."

"Lex! Hi sweetie. You're a little late."

Translation: You'd better have a good excuse.

Lex thought about lying, but aside from the fact that she couldn't lie to save her life, Grandma's eyes were keener than a sniper's. "I'm sorry. I was playing grass volleyball and lost track of time."

The carefully lined red lips curved down. "You play sports too much. How are you going to attract a man when you're always sweating?"

Like she was now? Thank goodness for the fruity body spritz she had marinated herself in before she got out of her car.

"That's a pretty dress, Lex. New, isn't it?"

How did she do that? With as many grandchildren as she had, Grandma never failed to notice clothes, whereas Lex barely registered that she wasn't naked. "Thanks. Trish picked it out."

"It's so much nicer than that ugly floppy thing you wore to your cousin's wedding."

Lex gritted her teeth. Respect your grandmother. Do not open your mouth about something like showing up in a polka-dotted bikini.

"Actually, Lex, I'm glad you look so ladylike this time. I have a friend's son I want you to meet-"

Oh, no. Not again. "Does he speak English?"

Grandma drew herself to her full height, which looked a little silly because Lex still towered over her. "Of course he does."

"Employed?"

"Yes. Lex, your attitude-"

"Christian?"

"Now why should that make a difference?"

Lex widened innocent eyes. "Religious differences account for a lot of divorces."

"I'm not asking you to marry him, just to meet him."

Liar. "I appreciate how much you care about me, but I'll find my own dates, thanks." Lex smiled like she held a knife blade in her teeth. When Grandma got pushy like this, Lex had more backbone than the other cousins.

"I wouldn't be so concerned, but you don't date at all-"

Not going there. "Is this Chester's niece?" Lex's voice rose an octave as she tickled the baby's Pillsbury-Doughboy stomach. The baby screamed on. "Hey there, cutie, you're so big, betcha having fun, is Grandma showing you off, well, you just look pretty as a picture, are you enjoying your Red Egg and Ginger party? Okay, Grandma, I have to sit down. Bye."

Before Grandma could say another word, Lex whisked away into the throng of milling relatives. Phase one, accomplished. Grandmother engaged. Retreat commencing before more nagging words like "dating" and "marriage" sullied the air.

Next to find her cousins-and best friends-Trish, Venus, and Jenn, who were saving a seat for her. She headed toward the back where all the other unmarried cousins sat as far away from Grandma as physically possible.

Their table was scrunched into the corner against towering stacks of unused chairs-like the restaurant could even hold more chairs. "Lex!" Trish flapped her raised hand so hard, Lex expected it to fly off at any moment. Next to her, Venus lounged, as gorgeous as always and looking bored, while Jennifer sat quietly on her other side, twirling a lock of her long straight hair. On either side of them ...

"Hey, where's my seat?"

Venus's wide almond eyes sent a sincere apology. "We failed you, babe. We had a seat saved next to Jenn, but then ..." She pointed to where the back of a portly aunty's chair had rammed up against their table. "We had to remove the chair, and by then, the rest were filled."

"Traitors. You should have shoved somebody under the table."

Venus grinned evilly. "You'd fit under there, Lex."

Trish whapped Venus in the arm. "Be nice."

A few of the other cousins looked at them strangely, but they got that a lot. The four of them became close when they shared an apartment during college, but even more so when they all became Christian. No one else understood their flaws, foibles, and faith.

Lex had to find someplace to sit. At the very least, she wanted to snarf some overpriced, high calorie, high cholesterol food at this torturous party.

She scanned the sea of black heads, gray heads, dyed heads, small children's heads with upside-down ricebowl haircuts, and teenager heads with highlighting and funky colors.

There. A table with an empty chair. Her cousin Bobby, his wife, his mother-in-law, and his brood. Six-count 'em, six-little people under the age of five.

Lex didn't object to kids. She liked them. She enjoyed coaching her girls' volleyball club team. But these were Bobby's kids. The 911 operators knew them by name. The local cops drew straws on who would have to go to their house when they got a call.

However, it might not be so bad to sit with Bobby and family. Kids ate less than adults, meaning more food for Lex.

"Hi, Bobby. This seat taken?"

"No, go ahead and sit." Bobby's moon-face nodded toward the empty chair.

Lex smiled at his nervous wife, who wrestled with an infant making intermittent screeching noises. "Is that ..." Oh great. Boxed yourself in now. Name a name, any name. "Uh ... Kyle?"

The beleaguered mom's smile darted in and out of her grimace as she tried to keep the flailing baby from squirming into a face-plant on the floor. "Yes, this is Kylie. Can you believe she's so big?" One of her sons lifted a fork. "No, sweetheart, put the food down-!"

The deep-fried missile sailed across the table, trailing a tail of vegetables and sticky sauce. Lex had protected her face from volleyballs slammed at eighty miles an hour, but she'd never dodged multi-shots of food. She swatted away a flying net of lemony shredded lettuce, but a bullet of sauce-soaked fried chicken nailed her right in the chest.

Yuck. Well, good thing she could wash-oops, no, she hadn't worn her normal cotton dress. This was the new silk one. The one with the price tag that made her gasp, but also made her look like she actually had a waist instead of a plank for a torso. The dress with the "dry-clean only" tag.

"Oh! I'm sorry, Lex. Bad boy. Look what you did." Bobby's wife leaned across the table with a napkin held out, still clutching her baby whose foot was dragging through the chow mein platter.

The little boy sitting next to Lex shouted in laughter. Which wouldn't have been so bad if he hadn't had a mouth full of chewed bok choy in garlic sauce.

Regurgitated cabbage rained on Lex's chest, dampening the sunny lemon chicken. The child pointed at the pattern on her dress and squealed as if he had created a Vermeer. The other children laughed with him.

"Hey boys! That's not nice." Bobby glared at his sons, but otherwise didn't stop shoveling salt-and-pepper shrimp into his mouth.

Lex scrubbed at the mess, but the slimy sauces refused to transfer from her dress onto the polyester napkin, instead clinging to the blue silk like mucus. Oh man, disgustamundo. Lex's stomach gurgled. Why was every other part of her athlete's body strong except for her stomach?

She needed to clean herself up. Lex wrestled herself out of the chair and bumped an older man sitting behind her. "Sorry." The violent motion made the nausea swell, then recede. Don't be silly. Stop being a wimp. But her already sensitive stomach had dropped the call with her head.

Breathe. In. Out. No, not through your nose. Don't look at that boy's drippy nose. Turn away from the drooling baby.

She needed fresh air in her face. She didn't care how rude it was, she was leaving now.

"There you are, Lex."

What in the world was Grandma doing at the far end of the restaurant? This was supposed to be a safe haven. Why would Grandma take a rare venture from the other side where the "more important" family members sat?

"My goodness, Lex! What happened to you?"

"I sat next to Bobby's kids."

Grandma's powdered face scrunched into a grimace. "Here, let me go to the restroom with you." The bright eyes strayed again to the mess on the front of her dress. She gasped.

Oh, no, what else? "What is it?" Lex asked.

"You never wear nice clothes. You always wear that hideous black thing."

"We've already been over this-"

"I never noticed that you have no bosom. No wonder you can't get a guy."

Lex's jaw felt like a loose hinge. The breath stuck in her chest until she forced a painful cough. "Grandma!"

Out of the corner of her eye, Lex could see heads swivel. Grandma's voice carried better than a soccer commentator at the World Cup.

Grandma bent closer to peer at Lex's chest. Lex jumped backward, but the chair behind her wouldn't let her move very far.

Grandma straightened with a frighteningly excited look on her face. "I know what I'll do."

God, now would be a good time for a waiter to brain her with a serving platter.

Grandmother gave a gleeful smile and clapped her hands. "Yes, it's perfect. I'll pay for breast implants for you!"

(Continues...)



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This perky debut chick lit novel by Tang gently pokes fun at Asian culture and the life of Christian singles. Lex Sakai is a 30-year-old single Asian-American volleyball coach whose control-freak grandmother is determined to fix her up with a man. Lex is more passionate about making a prestigious volleyball team than dating one of her grandmother's candidates. Although a secret in Lex's past makes romance difficult, she has a six-point list from the biblical book of Ephesians detailing the 'godly man' she wants. Disaster, of course, is right around the corner. The sassy narrative is solid chick lit, with all the requisite chatter about boobs, yummy food, body type, finding a guy and loser dates. Amid the nice touches of humor are some trouble spots: more food and drink are spilled in the first 100 pages than belong in a whole novel, and Lex's ultimate leading man is a foregone conclusion. The idea that her grandma would penalize Lex's young volleyball team because she doesn't have a boyfriend is a weak plot element. Although some of the content would feel stereotyped if written by a non-Asian (Lex refers to Asians as her 'yella-fellas'), it's still refreshing to have Tang's voice in Christian fiction. (Sept.) — Publisher's Weekly

Meet the Author

Camy Tang grew up in Hawaii and now lives in San Jose, California with her engineer husband and rambunctious dog. She was a biologist researcher, but these days she is surgically attached to her computer, writing full-time. In her spare time, she is a staff worker for her church youth group, and she leads one of the worship teams for Sunday service. She won the Carol Book of the Year award with her novel Sushi for One? Follow Camy online at www.camytang.com

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Sushi for One? 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I came to this book with a lot of reservations - I'm not Asian, I'm not overtly Christian, and I'm not American so I didn't think I'd relate to the characters at all, plus I generally dislike books that immediately declare they are the first of a series because I always feel let down by the endings. But I loved it ! Despite knowing very little about the culture described, I could still identify with Lex and her predicaments, and I loved the (to me) exotic cultural insight. There were more than a few laugh-out-loud moments but there were a few more poignant moments too. I'll definitely be looking out for the next installment !
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
This was one busy story. Not a dull moment at all. In fact, I think Lex is the unluckiest and clumsiest chick lit character I've ever met, poor thing. I wanted to scream, 'no, no, no' right along with her when she kept getting hurt. Like she belonged to the bad luck (rather than joy luck) club. She had a lot of spunk and determination, though, or as someone else described her...pluck! At times her thoughts seemed younger than her stated 30 years--like when she referred to guys as boys. And I think I've learned more about volleyball reading this book than I ever learned watching the sport during the Olympics. Sushi for One? was a romp through the eyes of a character who had a lot of reasons to be angry, and that came out often in her thoughts. As with most people who love God but are feeling hurt, she closed her heart off to prayer and fellowship to protect herself. As a result, she missed sensing God's safe touch on her life, though He never left her side. The hero in this story was truly lovable. I think the fact that the author used third person POV and slipped the reader into the mind of this man helped a lot. He seemed absent often when Lex needed him, but considering he hadn't allowed himself to get close to Lex, this made sense. She needed space and he gave it to her. What a great guy! The author's tag line fits this story to a 'T'. Sushi for One? is the kind of chick lit story that demonstrates...sometimes romance needs a kick of wasabi. And the powerful, touching ending should bring tears to your eyes. It did mine. I can't wait for the next installment!
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
I could not have asked for a better book. Camy Tang is a phenomenal writer! The dialogue was entertaining and had me laughing out loud. Lex Sakai is a character to be reckoned with. She is strong, stubborn, and determined to make her way in the world, regardless of what her grandmother thinks is best for her. Aiden is patient, caring, and a bit close-minded (in the beginning). I loved watching their relationship blossom. I loved watching Aiden's relationship with the Lord blossom as well. Camy didn't make it feel rushed and she showed us, through side characters, how sitting back and listening and really trying to connect with the other person can open their eyes to the Lord. The story, itself, was absolutely fantastic. I loved getting a look into the Japanese and Chinese cultures. It was interesting to see how Japanese Americans and Chinese Americans still practice some of their cultural norms. The message of the book is waiting on the Lord and seeking Him in all areas of our lives. Trust him with everything. Be patient and wait on Him. It was phenomenal to see how Lex's decisions affected her life and at the end she realized she made her life harder than it had to be. I absolutely loved it. I can't say enough great things about this book and I can't wait to get my hands on the next books in the series, Sushi Series.
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
Sushi For One? By Camy Tang Sushi Series Book 1 Alexis Sakai's life has just taken a few unexpected turns. The biggest one is that her grandma has declared she gets a serious boyfriend or else. And yes, her grandma has the power to enforce or else. Lex finds that going against Grandma can be like trying to climb a waterfall. She does keep running into one guy but he just don't fit her list of what she wants in a man. This story is both serious and humorous. Four cousins have become Christians and they still struggle with their new beliefs at times. This series is about these four gals and their struggles with life and family. As the next four oldest single girls they are in the sights of the family. And it's a very, very large family. I find the story to be captivating and held my attention so it was hard to put it down. Book 1.1 is The Sushi Toss, which is a short, free read on Camy Tang's blog. The Series continues with Trish's story in Only Uni, Venus's tale in Single Sashimi and finishes with Jennifer in Weddings and Wasabi.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I laughed and sympathized with Lex throughout the book. What a family. Lex is very independent and want to aways be in control. We know why but her family doesn't.  I keep smiling just thinking about this story. Read it for yourself. You will be glad you did.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is delightfully silly in places without being shallow. It makes for some good lighter weight reading in between the emotional rollercoasters and tense suspense novels that twist my stomach into knots. Lex and her cousins have to band together because they are all the 'next' OSFC 'oldest single female cousin' after the family's spring wedding. What does being the OSFC mean, well in Lex's family it means Grandma isn't going to leave you alone till you're practically married and she thinks he's the right one. When Grandma decides it's your turn in this family, life will be miserable if you let her dictate the rules and if you decide to run your life on your terms or anyone's besides hers for that matter it gets even more miserable. Lex as the first in line after Mariko's wedding gets the brunt of Grandma in this book as well as the rest of the family trying to help because Grandma basically 'owns' the whole family or can buy them off if she doesn't. Finally Lex and her three closest in age cousins 'Jenn, Trish and Venus', who will be next in line after Lex for the matchmaking attempts of the entire family, realize it will take all of them working together to outsmart Grandma and still manage to stick to their convictions where dating is concerned. This in itself is a whole kettle of fish because the four girls are Christians and Grandma is still enmeshed in Japanese Buddhist beliefs so thinks the girls are just using 'not dating someone unless he's a Christian' an excuse to reject all her offerings of young men. All the girls, but especially Lex, experience any number of lessons about faith, love, discernment and obedience. I think the biggest thing for Lex in this book though is letting go and trusting God enough to leave the outcomes up to him instead of trying to make it work her way. This is a great read for those who are single whether you are 'looking' for a relationship or content to stay single and for anyone single or not who either has family and friends that insist they need a significant other NOW! or knows someone single in that position. Remember if you're single you could be the next one on someone's matchmaking list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Poor Lex ¿Alexis Sakai is now the OSFC 'oldest single female cousin' in her family and her Grandma is out to change that and in the Japanese culture that¿s not a good thing, slowly everything in her life changes as she realizes just how much influence her grandmother has. Just because her grandmother is determined that Lex is to be in a serious relationship by her cousin Mariko¿s wedding and that is only four months away or else she will stop all funding for the girls junior high volleyball team that Lex couches. Since Lex quit her job and though a series of circumstances or was it God she landed her dream job at SPZ her life has become a revolving door of strange men claiming their mother is friends with one of her aunts and willing to date her for college game tickets. Even her brother is bringing men around that he claims are ¿friends¿ but seem to be the biggest losers. When she tries not to give into the pressure her grandmother threatens that other things could happen and things do but which is her grandmother and which are circumstances? Suddenly her dad is forced in to retirement from his job and decides to sell the house. Lex tears her ACL and has to have knee surgery just when she lands a chance to play on the ultimate volleyball dream team at Wassamattayu. Her other cousins/friends begin to avoid her. And Lex struggles with the dating thing due to something that happened three years ago that very few people know about especially not her grandmother who blames her not dating on the fact that Lex is too athletic and not feminine enough and even goes so far as to offer to pay for breast implants! Than there¿s Aiden the one man she has come to trust as a friend and becomes her physical therapist but he¿s not Christian and does not match anything on her ¿Ephesians list¿ for the perfect man but yet she is drawn to him¿.. Wow, what a page turner! Enter into the Japanese culture in this Asian twist on Chick Lit. The author Camy Tang will have you in stitches in this hilarious romance. This reviewer just couldn¿t put this awesome book down and once you finish the novel you¿ll be wanting more from Tang. Check out the glossary of Asian words 'Camy style' at the back of the book and pick up some new words along the way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lex Sakei is just plain funny, and her life is a disaster waiting to happen. Author Camy Tang has introduced us to this realistically wacky lady and her more than slightly colorful family¿and left us wanting to be adopted! Though I don¿t personally have the stamina it would take to be part of this clan, I found myself cheering for each of them at one time or another¿even Grandma¿but most of all for Lex. Anyone who can survive the scrutiny and embarrassment that goes with being part of this gang deserves to win!
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
I have been dying to read this book since I first started visiting Camy Tang's blog. Being an Asian American myself, there are few choices even in mainstream for books written by Asian Americans, let alone in Christian fiction. So when I heard that there was going to be a Christian chick lit book written by an Asian American author, I nearly passed out. And this book definately made all my expectations and more. Even if you're not Asian, you will still be able to follow the story and you get to learn about new cultures as well. Some people might say there's some stereotyping in this book with the Asian culture. Well let me say that we really do act like this. I love how there's a distinction of two different types of Asian cultures in this book and it shows readers that Asian are not one big group to be lumped together. I love how Lex loves sports and is not afraid to let her sports knowledge show. There are lots of hilarious spots in this book, my favorite is cameo of the author herself involving a volleyball accident. However there are serious moments in this book as well which makes this story extremely well written. The book goes from downright hilarity to painful memories within the same chapter. I really felt for Lex in this book and enjoyed her adventure. The only negative thing I have about this book, and I'm sorry, but I don't like the grandmother. Why does she want to force Lex to get married? All her insults were really spiteful and I don't blame Lex at all for what she does near the end of the book. I'm hoping we learn why she acts like this so that I don't hate her for the rest of the series. And yes I cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out. An excellent debut, a wonderful cultural chick lit novel and an inspiration to aspiring Asian Americans writers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shushi For One is a fun, lighthearted read that shows the intricate values of family and friends. Her characters jump off the page as if you were a part of their lives and emotions. Camy Tang is a new talent to keep an eye on. Thanks for that kick of wasabi.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, I really hesitate to do much summary of Sushi for One, because the book just unfolds so perfectly, even small things come as big surprises and that's a huge part of the fun. So I'm going to be very careful. Lex, a volleyball coach with a meddling grandma has a list in hand for her perfect man. Grandma is more interested in getting Lex married than in finding Mr. Perfect, which is why she keeps sending dweebs Lex¿s way. When Grandma tells Lex to bring a serious date to the next family wedding or face financial ruin¿Grandma can do that¿Lex is torn between outright rebellion and frantic man hunting. She¿s not doing either well. She hates her job, she is losing touch with her family and she¿s got real serious reasons why she runs from any men she meets. Against this comes Adrien. He¿s already had a bad run-in with Lex¿s cousin Trish, enough to make him a definite Mr. No-Chance in Lex¿s book. But that run-in wasn¿t his fault and Lex isn¿t like her cousin. Adrien doesn¿t fit Lex¿s list at all. She wants an athlete because she¿s a volleyball freak¿Adrien is willing to learn, but he¿s got a long way to go. And he isn¿t a Christian which is required. But he¿s so sweet, sweeter than a lot of the Christian guys Lex meets. Sushi for One was as much fun as I¿ve had reading a book in a long time. Laugh out loud funny, Tang really has a pure gift for words. She¿s written some of the sharpest dialogue I¿ve ever read. But the story is what drags you in and keeps you. Tang makes you care about her characters until you can practically feel Lex¿s intensity and her pain and her fear. And sweet Adrien is so badly burned by another girl that he considers him attraction to Lex hopeless to the point he won¿t consider asking her out. Add to this the Asian flavoring of the book, the culture, the language and the food and it¿s fascinating and fun at the same time. In fact, I¿m starving for some Chinese food ever since I read it. Which is sad since the book is about a Japanese girl. Still, some egg rolls sound really good. Find this book. Hunt it down and enjoy it. You¿ll want to read it slowly, no skimming, because every word is worth reading with Tangs humor. But you¿ll want to read it again, too. The journey is as much fun as the destination. Hey, that last line might be worth of a fortune cookie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up Sushi for One? for a light vacation read, and it did not disappoint. From the first page, I was hooked primarily because of the strong writing and fantastic characters. I could so relate to Lex Saki, the heroine. Lex Sakiâ¿¿s family is big, nosy, and marriage-minded. And with one cousinâ¿¿s fast-approaching wedding date and a substantial push from her Grandma, Lex suddenly finds herself on a quest she doesnâ¿¿t want: she needs a boyfriend in four months. If Lex doesnâ¿¿t, then her grandmother will pull funding of the girlâ¿¿s volleyball team that Lex coaches. The boyfriend has to be convincing enough to make Grandma believe they are serious, while allowing Lex to maintain her freedom. The book is a romance with chic lit trimmings. Camy tells the story in third person, so the reader gets to go inside several charactersâ¿¿ heads. The book has a fun, sassy attitude that even carries over to the glossary of Asian words. This book is a fantastic read.