Loveboat, Taipei

Loveboat, Taipei

Book - 2020
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When Ever Wong's parents sent her away for the summer, she's expecting Chien Tan: a strict, educational immersion program in Taiwan. Instead, she finds the infamous "Loveboat." There, Ever is surrounded by prodigies, like Rick Woo, Chinese American wonder boy and longtime bane of her existence; Ever's roommate, the confident and clever Sophia Ha, as glamorous as she is sharp; and the intimidatingly cool Xavier Yeh, heir to an international tech empire. But her classmates are more interested in the nonstop Taipei nightlife than anything to do with the curriculum. Hookups abound, snake-blood sake flows, and adult supervision is nonexistent. For the first time ever, Ever is discovering what freedom tastes like and it's exhilerating. But summer will end and Ever will be back to her parents and the future they've planned for her. Will she let this glimpse of freedom go - or will Loveboat give her the courage to pursue fhe future she dreams of, and the Ever Wong she wants to be?
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2020]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062957276
Branch Call Number: TEEN WEN
Characteristics: 414 pages ; 22 cm

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seattle6565
Oct 18, 2020

This book was amazing and put me through so many emotions! If you are debating on whether or not to read this book - give it a try! It's a great love triangle but has some sexual elements, so definitely not for younger audiences.

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kaitoryn
Jul 04, 2020

I felt conflicted over deciding what to rate this book. The prose was beautiful and I enjoyed witnessing the character growth of Ever, which is clearly emphasized at the end of the novel. There were even elements of the story, although they were not eye-opening or surprising to discover, that I could personally relate to as an Asian-American.
Yet, I found myself disliking the book more than I had expected. Truthfully, I love reading about scandalous issues. Backstabbing? Infidelity? Sign me up. "Loveboat, Taipei" did not hesitate when it came to scandals in its plot. It went all out to the point where I surprisingly did not enjoy it. Sneaking out to go clubbing was the least problematic plot point. Rather than soaking up all the scandalous issues with shameful delight, I was annoyed by them. The amount of drama was just excessive. However, there were some issues that I felt were glossed over, and the author should have put more time in the plot to resolve them.
Quite a few of the scandals are related to the big love triangle that is very prominent in the story. I wasn't invested in the romance or the love interests, so I was left bored throughout several moments. Nor was I interested in the main characters; I didn't find them particularly likable or interesting. Although, the character I liked the most ended up being a very minor one named Mei-Hwa, whose innocence stands out among the abundance of troublemaking characters.
I'm not going to say that I don't recommend this book, yet it's not on the top of my list either. Rather, this novel is a story that I might be interested in hearing others' thoughts on it.

LoganLib_Kirra Mar 19, 2020

Loveboat, Taipei is without a doubt my favourite read of the year so far. Ever is a first generation Chinese-American and her parents gave up everything, including her father’s career to be a doctor, to bring her a better life full of opportunity in America. Counting their pennies, working odd jobs and being in a new environment for their children weighs heavy on Ever and the pressure to follow their dreams outweighs her passion for her own. I loved the friendships in this book, that were flawed and had to overcome struggles, and the romance in the book that really kept me torn between who was right for her. The family values and lessons throughout the book were also important and everything came together to make a compelling read that I was totally obsessed with.

LoganLib_Kirra Feb 10, 2020

Loveboat, Taipei is without a doubt my favourite read of the year so far. I’ve already read a few great books in 2020 but this is the first one I really couldn’t part with and I had to keep reading it in every spare moment. I loved the friendships in this book, that were flawed and had to overcome struggles, and the romance in the book that really kept me torn between who was right for her. The family values and lessons throughout the book were also important and everything came together to make a compelling read that I was totally obsessed with.

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seattle6565
Oct 19, 2020

seattle6565 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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