Fresh Off the Boat

Fresh Off the Boat

by Melissa de la Cruz

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ISBN-13: 9780062015518
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 732 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Melissa de la Cruz grew up in Manila and San Francisco. She is the author of the novels Cat's Meow (Scribner, 2001) and The Au Pairs (Simon & Schuster, 2004). She coauthored the nonfiction books How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less (Ballantine, 2003) and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-Inch Heels and Faux Pas (Ballantine, 2004). Her work has been translated into many languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

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Fresh Off the Boat 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 7th grader and really enjoyed. I could relate to her in most of the book. I also would say that it was sometimes hard to follow at some spots but in other was very easy to follow. Overall this is a very good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fresh Off the Boat, by Melissa De La Cruz, is a fiction book where the main character, Vicenza Arambullo, is faced with the problem of fitting in. She came from Manila to San Francisco, California with her family looking for a better life, but they got the exact opposite. The book is aimed towards younger girls, since Vicenza is only 14. It¿s about a young girl struggling to get accepted and I¿m sure many girls can relate. I enjoyed reading this book because it was so real. Vicenza spoke her mind, and she sounded like many of the girls I knew. What I loved about the book is that the author held nothing back. She used modern day words and made the characters sound like any teenager would sound today. Even with 243 pages, Fresh Off the Boat is an easy read. It¿s one of those books you just want to keep reading until there¿s nothing left. I give this book a five-star rating on both the story and the eye catching cover. I highly recommend this book if you¿re in for a good laugh.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was cute and funny and i loved reading it. Right off the bat you're rooting for vincenza because the way the book is written her problems feel like yours. trust me you won't want to put this book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book. In addition to the fact that it was written through the eyes of a young, Filipina girl, I can really relate to her situation and family. I liked how the main character realized how wonderful her Filipino heritage was amongst a new country and new school.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book, one of my favorites! i loved how shes filipino, theres BARELY any books written for teens about filipinos, and i also loved the fact that she lives in south san francisco, because thats where i used to live! i relate to a lot of the things their talking about, i think this book is suitable for all teens. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow this is really good book! I loved it! I loved how the main character was foreign with a French friend. It was easy to read it out and I wouldn't have put it down if I wasn't busy with school tests, but I finished it in 2 days. It's different like but it has that teen desire. You guys should read it if you have the time --it's a great book!
delatte on LibraryThing 11 months ago
A fast, fun read; easy to booktalk (I.e., "Do you ever exaggerate the truth online?"), by an author who is a cool person and a library lover. Melissa de la Cruz kindly visited my library (at the time West Covina) to promote her books to my teens. I was surprised at who showed up --- this writer is well-loved!
alyssayuri More than 1 year ago
Happy Philippine Independence Day! This is the reason why I picked up this book. June 12 is the day of our Independence. And I thought this would be a good way to celebrate: by reading a book by a Fil-Am author about an immigrant girl. I was quite wary in reading this because it was published 2004 or 2005. And since it is a "contemporary" book, maybe it's not as contemporary as it is for 2017. But I was wrong apparently! This book actually has depth in it despite the main character. It actually talks about culture, adjustment to new life, being an immigrant, and change. Speaking of main characters, V is fourteen years old. So I had to channel my fourteen-year-old-self when I was reading it. And guess what. V and I actually have a lot in common! One significant thing for sure was being boy crazy. I was as bad as her when it comes to boys. And that's the thing. Even though the narrator is a Filipino immigrant, you'll still find something in common with her because everybody knows how to feel in love and looking for that first love. I actually like a lot of this book. I like the friendship that she built in here. Because I for one know how hard it is being an immigrant and all that stuff. I think it was a genuine friendship and that was really cool. The family aspect is also amazing. Family is very important in the Philippine culture. All the quirks, traditions, the small itty bitty details just immerse me in familiarity because that's how I am with my family too. Personally, the author's examples and explanations of how Manila and the Filipino people are actually on point. For someone who doesn't know anything about the Philippines, the glimpses given here are a good way to have an idea about Manila. But just Manila not the entirety of the country. Like I said, there was actual depth in this. A teen or a tween will, in my opinion, would learn something from this and I really like that. This is a really good book, but it was quite dragging. There's just some stuff that I thought was overly explained. Really good book. And I'm so happy Melissa de la Cruz gave us a voice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and thought it was good. It is about a girl named Vincenza, a 14 year old who lived in Manila. Her and her family immigrated to the United States and quickly finds out that things are very different. This book had a great flow and was very interesting. I didn't get bored with it either. I would reccomend this to anyone above the age 12. --Jordan_L
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HarryvsTwilight More than 1 year ago
I came on to see if there was another book after this but sadly no. I loved this book, that she found she didn't have to try to be popular and love was just around the corner. I could kinda realate to her story although I am not from Manila. =] Vicenza has a wonderful personality and a great sense of being "in the know" to me. It would be criminal not to read this book!