My Summer of Love and Misfortune
Author: Lindsay Wong
Genre: Young Adult > Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: June 2, 2020
Format Read: Ebook via Netgalley
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.
About The Author
Lindsay Wong holds a BFA in Creative Writing from The University of British Columbia and a MFA in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University in New York City.
Wong has been awarded fellowships and residencies at The Kimmel-Harding Nelson Center in Nebraska City, Caldera Arts in Oregon, and The Studios of Key West, among others. Currently, she is writer-in-residence at The John Howard Society and The Community Arts Council of Vancouver.
I Deserve An Award For Trying
Much thanks to Netgalley and Rockstar Book Tours for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own. Also, all quotes are taken from the ARC and may be different in the final published copy.
📚 Series? No.
📚 Genre? YA Contemporary Fiction
📚 Booktube Feature? I talked about this book in my September Wrap Up Video
#30DayReviewChallenge Day 5
I can’t believe I’m saying this again after my last review.. I am all for shouting out my love for Asian authors but I can’t, for the love of my sanity, appreciate this mess. I can’t even believe that this book was published.
My Summer of Love and Misfortune showed great promise. Seeing the cover and reading the synopsis will make you think, aaahh, this might be the perfect one for me. As someone who read (AND LOVED) Loveboat, Taipei, I was so excited to read a story of another Asian American visiting a country she has never been before but is a significant part of her history.. However, all I felt while reading this book is disappointed, many times frustrated, and sometimes infuriated.
Simply put, this book is my worst read of 2020, most probably.
There’s not much plot in the book, which I don’t actually have problems with. BUT when a character-driven story has Iris Wong starring the show, I just can’t. She is extremely clueless for a graduating high schooler – failing her classes, not getting into colleges/unis, yet somehow imagining she’s going to be the class valedictorian? WHAT. Not only in this moment for all the rest of the book, it felt like there’s a 10 year old stuck in the body of a 17 year old. This makes me wonder how the author sees young adults, because, nope, they might make mistakes sometimes, but they are not flat out idiots.
Admittedly, the book is supposedly about her character growth and reaching maturity. But, how would I ever deem root for her when it is physically hurting me to turn the pages?
The writing style is so damn juvenile that it gives me secondhand embarrassment. Don’t get me started on the support characters, because they will just make you go ‘meh’ or ‘oh, no’.
Overall, I don’t recommend this book to anyone. Unless, you’re a fan of hurting yourself and torturing your brain, or something.
My Book Rating Breakdown
🌼 Main Character:⭐☆☆☆☆
🌼 Support Characters:⭐☆☆☆☆
🌼 Writing Style:⭐☆☆☆☆
🌼 Character Development:⭐☆☆☆☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐☆☆☆☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐☆☆☆☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐☆☆☆☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆