Review of "Loveboat, Taipei" by Abigail Hing Wen

Thank you to HarperTeen for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Loveboat, Taipei was a stunning book. It was a perfect mixture of Crazy Rich Asians meets Frankly in Love.

To start, the writing was beautiful. In so many scenes I could feel such deep emotion in the text. I felt like I was right next to Ever when she was being scolded or praised, it all felt so genuine and real. The whole story just seemed to flow together in such a natural and easy-to-understand way, and it never felt like there was unnecessary information that was being forced onto me.

This book also dealt with and acknowledged racism and Asian stereotypes, and while I can't directly relate as a white reader, I still felt the power in them and how they were handled. Ever shows us that she's proud of who she is and where she comes from, and when facing a racist man in a restaurant she doesn't stand down against him.

Ever also lands in a situation where her femininity is being used against her, and after initial embarrassment, she tells off those around her and shows that she's proud of who she is.

I adored the character development and character arc that we see Ever go through. She starts off being emerged into a crazy new world of freedom when all she had known before was restrictions. And while she does go a little overboard, she eventually reels herself back in and is able to start living for herself and not for her parents.

Throughout this book I really got to know Ever in every part of her life, so much so that she feels like a real person. The entire time I read, I had a clear picture in my mind of what was going on and what the characters looked like.

I had high hopes for this book when I first got my hands on it, and I can happily say that it exceeded my expectations. I loved this book and I cannot wait to see what comes next in Ever's story.


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