I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the MY SUMMER OF LOVE AND MISFORTUNE Lindsay Wong Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!
About The Book:
My Summer of Love and Misfortune by Lindsay Wong
Pub. Date: June 2, 2020
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
A novel about a Chinese-American teen who is thrust into the world of Beijing high society when she is sent away to spend the summer in China.
Iris Wang is having a bit of a rough start to her summer. In an attempt to snap her out of her funk, Iris’s parents send her away to visit family in Beijing, with the hopes that Iris will “reconnect with her culture” and “find herself.” Iris resents her parents’ high-handedness, but even she admits that this might be a good opportunity to hit the reset button.
Iris expects to eat a few dumplings, meet some of her family, and visit a tourist hotspot or two. What she doesn’t expect is to meet a handsome Mandarin-language tutor named Frank and to be swept up in the ridiculous, opulent world of Beijing’s wealthy elite, leading her to unexpected and extraordinary discoveries about her family, her future, and herself.
If you like:
- Asian-American MCs
- Breaking Stereotypes
- Chinese Life Style
Then this book is for you!
I was really excited when the opportunity presented itself for me to read this book because after I found out that the MC is Chinese-American, I had to read it to expand my library of books with Asian representation.
Being Chinese-American, I felt an instant connection to Iris even if I didn’t grow up in a household with Asian parents that practice some of those things that are special to the Chinese culture, but the expectations of being the best was seen really early in the book. Iris’s parents provides the best things they think will help her succeed in life and get into the top colleges in America. But what if that’s not what Iris wants for herself?
After reading the first couple of chapters, I was intrigued by Iris because she’s aware of her bad grades that could keep her from graduating high school, shopping addiction, and lack of care for most anyone until she gets a wakeup call when her boyfriend cheats on her, the guidance counselor says that graduation might not be an option, her parents find her in the hospital after a bad house party, and her spending habits finally catch up with her.
So, her parents decides to send her to stay with her aunt, uncle, and cousin (who Iris didn’t even know existed) in Beijing, a place that is so foreign with it’s language, stores, and people.
After arriving, it’s obvious that the people there don’t want her in the city because she can’t speak any Chinese, and they think she’s defected because she looks like them but can’t do something as ‘simple’ as speak to them. And, to top it off, her cousin Rose hates Iris and wants her to go back to America. Which is fine by Iris (the going back to America part) because nothing about the trip to Beijing is what she had anticipated.
But her parents won’t let her until she show them that she has learned some responsibility and learned some of the Chinese language.
In this fast paced book about not being what is expected, Iris must learn to let go of some of her bad habits and decides where she fit in.
Lindsay Wong’s fearless writing and askew sense of humour chronicle adventures and disasters with copious amounts of playfulness and generosity.
She is the author of the #1 bestselling debut memoir The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug-Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family, which won the 2019 Hubert Evans Nonfiction Prize and was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by Newsweek, CBC Books, the Globe and Mail, and the Quill and Quire. It was also a finalist for the 2018 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize and Canada Reads 2019.
In between Walmart parking lot holidays, Lindsay spends her time as a muscle for hire teaching writing workshops and editing manuscripts as a freelance editor.
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