Loveboat, Taipei (Loveboat, Taipei, #1) by Abigail Hing Wen

Loveboat, Taipei (Loveboat, Taipei, #1)

For fans of Crazy Rich Asians or Jane Austen Comedy of Manners, with a hint of La La LandWhen eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achieving kids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers since they were nine—and her parents’ yardstick for her never-measuri...

Details Loveboat, Taipei (Loveboat, Taipei, #1)

TitleLoveboat, Taipei (Loveboat, Taipei, #1)
Release DateJan 7th, 2020
PublisherSimon & Schuster Children's UK
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Reviews Loveboat, Taipei (Loveboat, Taipei, #1)

  • Alexa
    Loveboat, Taipei is like Crazy Rich Asians meets American Panda, but is also very much a contemporary YA that stands all on its own. Ever Wong’s summer plans are completely disrupted when her parents send her off to Taipei to attend Chien Tan, an educational program meant to help Ever with her Mandarin skills and appreciation of her culture. But what Ever discovers is that the program is affectionately known as Loveboat, a summer-long party whe...
  • Nursebookie
    Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen I was beyond excited to be one of the first chosen to read this ARC. I have been waiting for something like this to be written, specifically about the young adult Taiwanese American experience - not just about the Chinese or Asian experience growing up in America, but as a Taiwanese specifically and to have it written ever so accurately by someone who understood, is pretty special. College bound Ever Wong was ...
  • Kelsea
    It's hard to know where to start with this review - I usually have the hardest time reviewing books I love (knowing I'll never do them full justice), but I'm going to try my best. Because I need to convince EVERYONE to read this book! Yes, that means you.I'm going to go with a totally cliche line, but it's so so true. This book made me feel seen. Growing up, I never thought about the lack of Chinese American characters in books... until I read my...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    I wanted to love this so much, but unfortunately I found the story so disjointed and rushed it was a struggle for me to get through it. While Ever's passion for dance was powerful and I really enjoyed her exploration of her Chinese American heritage and the pressures of family responsibility, the story did nothing to hold my attention. I thought the characters were kind of all over the place without satisfying growth and there were quite a few he...
  • caitlin ✶
    1-1-2019 First book of 2020 is done! Full rtc.after reading this book, I now know what people mean when they say that love triangles aren’t that badthank you so much to the publisher for providing me an e-arc through Edelweiss!CHARACTERS WHO LOOK LIKE ME GETTING THEIR OWN FLUFFY ROMCOMS YES PLEASE. Also I too went on a study tour in the summer to study mandarin!! Didn’t even come close to falling in love but that’s expected 1-1-2019 First...
  • Kayla Brunson
    I really wanted this to be as beautiful as that cover, but I was sadly disappointed. I seriously felt like I was maybe too old for this and most of the scenarios that take place in this book. I was all for our main character Ever for about 40% of the book. From there I went from being hesitant about what her character would do to straight up disliking her. That’s right, I don’t like our main character. She does a few things that rub me the wr...
  • Yna the Mood Reader
    "My parents sent me to discover my heritage, but in the process, I’m also finding parts of myself, even if that self isn’t who they want me to be." Series: Yes, according to Goodreads. Genre: YA Contemporary POV: First Cliffhanger: No Content Warnings: Love square/quadrangle. Asian stereotyping. Racism. Graphic description of injuries. Leaked nude photos. Mentions of depression & self-harm. Sexual content. Read if: you love Crazy Rich As...
  • Tiffany Chiang
    FULL REVIEWWhen I first heard the plot and storyline for Loveboat, Taipei, my heart immediately grew 10x as this was the representation I had always been dreaming of my entire life. After flying through the pages in less than a day, I’m so happy to say that Abigail Hing Wen’s story not only met my expectations, but she went above and beyond, crafting a plotline that kept me continuously on my toes and yearning for more. From the heart-skippi...
  • USOM
    (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I figured I would love Loveboat, Taipei based on its comparison to Crazy, Rich Asians. Not to mention my current mood for some YA contemporary. But what I didn't realize is how much I would love Loveboat, Taipei. Wen manages to balance this romantic thrum with important discussions of tropes and beauty standards. Loveboat, Taipei s...
  • Fanna
    January 7, 2020 Loveboat, Taipei is a well put together mix of Asian-American representation and young adult themes. It uses tropes from its genre but doesn't let it be a cliche: a teenage moving far from her parents, finding new friendships, a love triangle and coming of age. A great YA contemporary romance that can effectively tug at the reader's heartstrings and be swoon-worthy at bits. Sum it up in points!- Asian-American representation- ov...
  • Taschima
    This was such a great read!! I was seriously into the teen drama; it actually reminded me of when I was a teen and all the trouble me and my friends would get into. Good times, but also very glad they are long past because with the fun also comes the DRAMA, the CONFLICT, the occasional backstabbing and broken hearts... it was all captured beautifully in Loveboat, Taipei.Ever loves dancing, but her parents have her on the path to go into Med Schoo...
  • Bookphenomena (Micky)
    3.5 - 4 starsLOVEBOAT, TAIPEI had a narrative voice that just shouted ‘give me more’ vibes and I enjoyed the reading experience. I’ve heard this book heralded as a more mature & Taiwanese ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ and it did give me some of those vibes at times. This is a more mature YA from a sexual perspective but the characters weren’t always mature in their decisions and actions.This book brought an enjoyable coupling ...
  • Marie
    I had such a great time with that one! Loved the romcom, loved the deeper themes within, finding yourself, first love, finding what you want vs. your parents expectations and more. I just really had a great, great time reading this wonderful book and would 200% recommend it.Full review coming soon :)Thank you to HarperCollins International for the e-ARC of this book via Edelweiss. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating. My Bl...
  • trufflebooks
    4/5 such a STRONG debut and makes me want to learn chinese like right now. Full RTC. 4/5⭐ such a STRONG debut and makes me want to learn chinese like right now. Full RTC.
  • Kat
    the good:- it's all about finding & accepting yourself- learning to stand up for yourself and others- new friends- love- the dramaaaaaa- Mandarin. is that another language I want to have a closer look at?- talks about the issues of growing up Asian American- the characters, much love- the descriptions of Taipei. I want to go there. and not be like the shitty tourists mentioned in the bookthe bad:- love triangle, kinda.
  • A Lib Tech Reads
    Loveboat, TaipeiRating: 3/5Note:Special thanks to Harper Collins for providing a copy for review. My thoughts are also posted on the Palmer Library review blog.My feelings are torn because when a book mentions Taipei in the title, I’m expecting there to be lush descriptions of my home country with details about the food, people, and culture. This was not the case for this book; instead, Taiwan is merely a setting and the story is largely focuse...
  • Beth, BooksNest
    Thank you to Simon & Schuster for gifting me with an ARC of this book.Ever is on the brink of leaving school and starting college, where she wants to study dance but her parents are insisting on med school. Her life is going mildly well, but she definitely isn't happy and then her parents decide to send her from Ohio to Taiwan to learn about her Asian culture and learn Mandarin. She makes a snap judgement and doesn't want to go, but as soon as sh...
  • Kat
    * Thank you HCC Frenzy for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review *ACTUAL: 4.25 starsEver Wong is in for a very memorable summer when her parents send her to Taiwan. To her surprise, Chien Tan is known for endless summer hook-ups, counselors turning a blind eye, and never ending nightlife parties. Not too mention, the cute guys that she is very interested in getting to know. It is definitely a summer Ever will never forget.This novel ...
  • Shelly
    One of the best debut novels that I've read. Ever is one of the most complicated real characters I've read about, in the best way possible. She felt so real and her story is one that I could see being relatable to so many people. To me, this book wasn't the "fun-filled romp" that was promised but in a good way; it was really about Ever trying to balance who she wanted to be, who she is and what her parents wanted for her. She goes on a spatial jo...
  • Taasia ✨
    You had me at Taiwanese representation, comedy and hints of Crazy Rich Asians, but sold me at La La Land.Not to be dramatic but I would die to have a copy of this book in my hands like, yesterday.
  • Mandy
    Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of HarperTeen at Yallfest 2019. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book.My head is like the bubble tea in this book (and that they were handing out at Yallfest with these) - super milky with maybe some tapioca balls of thoughts. However, unlike bubble tea, my...
  • Mimi
    Me: the perfect YA book doesn't exist.Loveboat, Taipei: Hold my beer.Do I dare say, three days into the new year, that this is already one of my favorite reads of the year? I do!Listen, I picked this book up because someone pitched it to me as "Gossip Girl, but make it diverse and add realistic drama" (you know, not things like selling a girl for a hotel but rather trying to meet your parents' expectations while forging your own way in life). And...
  • Ann
    Aslkjsdfsdfs this was so good. I waited an hour in line for the ARC and it was SO WORTH IT, dude. This was extra special to me since I'm Asian American / half-Taiwanese, but I'd 100% recommend it to anyone who loves a great YA contemporary with lots of growth and self-discovery (and some romance too!).Quick plot summary: Ever loves dancing but her parents have always pushed her to become a doctor. They send her away to a program in Taiwan to lear...