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Book Review: Love Boat Taipei

Plot:

“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, 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!

Review:

I love the cover it looks so pretty doesn’t it? Although in this case, looks are deceiving. The novel started off having me feeling very stressed for the main character. Am I getting old (I’m only in my early twenties however, mentally) I feel like this novel was immaturely written from the main character’s point of view. Yes their at school and applying for colleges oh, in particular medical schools however I found her to be a little selfish and a bit rude – just because you’re Asian does not mean every Asian you come across is just there to nod at / automatic rejection in a romantic sense.

As well, when the main character Ever finally got to her boarding school summer camp type place out in Taiwan and we are introduced to everyone’s colourful hidden personality’s I found a lot of them to be focused on rebelling yes it’s attractive in that way however, I still found the setting to be very petulant.

I’ve seen from others reviews of how the author tried to fit in so many topics and how it was poorly done. I agree with that with my reasoning in the above paragraphs! However, as most teenagers are developing, a lot of topics are thrown at them in that way so I appreciate where the author was coming from. I also appreciate the beautiful cover and plot. However this story was not for me.

2/5 stars

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