The Barnes & Noble YA Book Club Edition contains a letter from the author and three bonus deleted scenes!
“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, snake-blood sake flows abundantly, 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.
“A unique story from an exciting and authentic new voice.” Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes
“Equal parts surprising, original, and intelligent. An intense rush of rebellion and romance.” Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Caraval
“Fresh as a first kiss.” Stacey Lee, award-winning author of Outrun the Moon "Fresh, fun, heartfelt, and totally addictive, a story about finding your placeand your peoplewhere you least expected." Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of the William C. Morris Award finalist Conviction
|Edition description:||Barnes & Noble YA Book Club Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.80(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Abigail Hing Wen holds a BA from Harvard, a JD from Columbia Law School, and an MFA from the Vermont School of Fine Arts. When she’s not writing stories or listening to her favorite scores, she is busy working as an attorney in venture capital and artificial intelligence in Silicon Valley, where she lives with her husband and two sons. Loveboat, Taipei is her first novel. www.abigailhingwen.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was an exciting book about a group of teenagers sent to Loveboat, where they are supposed to learn about their culture but end up partying instead. The characters were complex in this story. They each had a detailed backstory and storyline, though Ever was the main character. They had all been through things, which shaped the choices they made. They also changed throughout the story, so my opinions of them were different by the end from when they were first introduced. I was surprised at how some of the characters developed, but I won’t give the names so it isn’t spoiled. The kids in this book were pretty wild. They snuck out of Loveboat and had wild parties. There was also tons of romance. It was fun to read, because it seemed like a summer long party. I really enjoyed this book! Thank you HarperCollins Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
**I received an ARC for a blog tour. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** 4.5 stars I first heard about this book on Twitter after the cover reveal, and immediately added it to my TBR list. I mean, that cover! That summary! And it didn’t disappoint; Loveboat, Taipei was a gorgeous debut that depicts first love, strong friendships, and personal character growth. I’ll admit, I wasn’t too into this book at first, just because I’m a little tired of the “second-generation Asian American wanting to break out of the roles their parents set for them.” I know that it’s very real and prevalent; I’m just personally tired of this narrative at times. However, this book really picked up for me! Loveboat, Taipei was honestly so wild: kids without supervision, having just graduated high school and basically going crazy. I understand the comparison to Crazy Rich Asians, although there isn’t that much of a wealth aspect to this book, more like craziness of clubbing and so on. I really loved Ever’s narrative and her character growth! I particularly felt how she didn’t feel “Chinese American” enough, even among other Chinese Americans, particularly because she didn’t grow up around other Asians or speak Mandarin. There is no one single experience, no one way of being Asian-American. Your experiences are your own, and you are valid, no matter if you speak the language or not. The side characters, particularly, are great as well. Her relationships with everyone else at Loveboat also progressed in such a nice way. Ricky is who Ever’s parents have always wanted her to be, so she resents him at first, but she grows to understand that being perfect isn’t always as it seems. Meanwhile, Sophie is generous and compassionate, taking Ever under her wing and introducing her to all the teenager experiences her parents have kept from her. Xavier is…how do you say…my type. I’m always a sucker for the reformed / not actually bad boy, and this was no exception. Just another reminder in this book that not everyone is as they appear to be! The romance in this book was cute, although again, I just loved Xavier so much that I was always rooting for him. This book did have a bit of a love square, but I feel as though it was handled fairly well. The romance unveiled fairly slowly throughout the book, and I really liked their dynamic by the end. Ever and Sophie’s relationship was also so great. While they have their differences, they ultimately aim to help and support each other, as well as the other girls at Loveboat. Cheers to strong female friendships! Loveboat, Taipei was such a refreshing take in YA, with a discussion of generational differences between Asian Americans and their immigrant parents, the complexity of first love, the strength of friendship, and the growth of your own personal cultural identity. I’m looking forward to Abigail Hing Wen’s future books. (Although I do wonder what the sequel to this one will be about?) I definitely recommend Loveboat, Taipei if you like Gloria Chao’s American Panda!
I don't usually read contemporary novels because I have never found ones that kept my interest to continue to read them before but this year I have found several books that I really enjoy and Loveboat, Taipei is one of those books. Loveboat, Taipei is about self-discovery from all of the characters but mostly Ever Wong. She was forced to go a summer camp in Taiwan, her parents sent her there so that she could learn Mandarin to be better prepare for college to become a doctor. Even though Ever doesn't want to become a doctor, she wants to go to school for dancing but to honor her parents tradition she is foregoing her dreams. Ever isn't the only one who struggling with going after what they are truly want in life or do what their parents' and tradition want them to do. I thought that the characters were well-developed, Wen wrote them so that we can feel their angst, tension, see the sacrifices their families, and their struggles coming to term on what they want to do and what tradition dictates for them throughout the book. Loveboat, Taipei is an relate-able to all readers that struggle with what expectations their families want for them and finding out who they are truly want. All of the characters show a lot of growth from when they first came to camp and when they left especially Ever. Loveboat, Taipei being Wen's debut novel, it was a really good debut. I am looking forward to see what else Wen comes out with.