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American Panda

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"Charmed my socks off." -David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite and Mosquitoland
"A soulful and hilarious debut." -Booklist (starred review)
"Effervescent." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"An earnest, funny, and emotional story." -Book Riot
An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and crush on a Japanese classmate.
At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents' master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.
With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can't bring herself to tell them the truth-that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.
But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 23mm | 259g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Export
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  • 1534425691
  • 9781534425699
  • 73,087

About Gloria Chao

Gloria Chao is the critically acclaimed author of American Panda, Our Wayward Fate, and Rent a Boyfriend. When she's not writing, you can find her with her husband on the curling ice or hiking the Indiana Dunes. She does not regret putting aside her MIT and dental degrees to write, and she is grateful to spend her days in fictional characters' heads instead of real people's mouths. Visit her tea-and-book-filled world at GloriaChao.Wordpress.com and find her on Twitter and Instagram @GloriaCChao.
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Rating details

8,652 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 22% (1,935)
4 43% (3,732)
3 28% (2,427)
2 5% (459)
1 1% (99)
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