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Miss Fortune Cookie

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Meet Erin. Smart student, great daughter, better friend. Secretly the mastermind behind the popular advice blog Miss Fortune Cookie. Totally unaware that her carefully constructed life is about to get crazy. It all begins when her ex-best friend sends a letter to her blog--and then acts on her advice. In this novel from Lauren Bjorkman, Erin's efforts to undo the mess will plunge her into adventure, minor felonies, and possibly her very first romance. What's a likely fortune for someone no longer completely in control of her fate? Hopefully nothing like: You will become a crispy noodle in the salad of life.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 279 pages
  • 144.78 x 210.82 x 27.94mm | 635.03g
  • Henry Holt & Company
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0805089519
  • 9780805089516
  • 677,408

Review quote

"In this tale of growing up and apart, Bjorkman (My Invented Life, 2009) does a fine job capturing the intense pressures and disappointment students face when college-admissions time rolls around." --Booklist "I knew I was going to like this book the second the main character asked a Ouija board if her sister was a lesbian." --Brent Hartinger, author of Geography Club on My Invented Life "Shakespeare would be proud to be included in this smart, funny, cheeky book." --Ellen Wittlinger, author of Hard Love, Love & Lies, and Parrotfish on My Invented Life "Humorous and heartfelt." --Booklist on My Invented Life "Roz's voice is witty and genuine." --Publishers Weekly on My Invented Life "This is an enjoyable read that will be especially appealing to theater aficionados." --School Library Journal on My Invented Lifeshow more

About Lauren Bjorkman

Lauren Bjorkman studied Mandarin at UC Berkeley and UC Davis. On her honeymoon in China, she learned to pick up a single grain of rice with chopsticks. She lives in Taos, New Mexico, with her husband and two sons. She is also the author of My Invented Life.show more

Rating details

364 ratings
3.46 out of 5 stars
5 20% (73)
4 28% (102)
3 35% (129)
2 11% (41)
1 5% (19)

Our customer reviews

This book was a cute, change of the pace, feel good read and was a delight to read. Erin was born and raised in Chinatown and most of her friends are Chinese. Up until the eighth grade, Mei and Erin were best of friends, and not until seniors in high school did they start becoming friends again and only because of a mutual friend, Linny. Erin has a secret advice column called Miss Fortune Cookie, and this is truly what makes the book humorous. �?�?�?�¢â?¬�?Clubbing on a Monday night? What is Mei up to? I�?�?�?�¢â?¬â?¢ve only been to a club Read the full review at http://www.musingwithcrayolakym.com/3/post/2013/09/miss-fortune-cookie.htmlshow more
by Kim Heimbuch
What a breath of fresh air. No vampires, no shape-shifters, no angels, demons, fairies or any other supernatural creatures. No teenage sex, no crazy partying, no love triangle, or any of the other gimmicks used so often in YA lit. And, you know what? I didn't miss any of it! This is true realistic fiction. The story revolves around Erin, the anonymous writer of an advice blog called Miss Fortune Cookie, and her two Chinese-American friends, Mei and Linny. They are seniors in high school whose biggest concern is getting into the perfect college. While not involving the supernatural, there are a lot of real-life problems that these girls deal with: communicating with each other and their families, feeling like you belong somewhere when you don't look like you fit, feeling responsible for your parents, the struggle to be true to yourself while also being respectful of your family. All of these issues are dealt with throughout Erin's misadventure in Miss Fortune Cookie. I loved the main character, Erin. She's smart and funny and always has everyone's best interest at heart. She has grown up immersed in Chinese culture and language and feels a part of the Chinese community but she is not Chinese herself. Erin is really caught between two cultures. The author really does a great job of showing how hard it can be for a teenager in particular to feel like you belong somewhere but not look the part. One of the main themes of this book is friendship and how it evolves. Erin and Mei used to be BFF's before an incident in middle school caused a rift between them. Later on, in high school, they are brought back together by a mutual friend, Linny. Erin sometimes feels like the third wheel in the friendship and that Linny is the only thing holding them all together. As the story unfolds we see how much Mei and Linny rely on Erin. She is their confidante and the one they rely on to help them sort out their problems. By the end of the book, Erin realizes that she is as important to them as they are to her. There are some conflicts between the friends and Erin is often left wondering what she should do or say. Should she be truthful with them? Should she tell them what she really thinks or should she spare their feelings and just nod and agree? Another main theme is family and the struggle to be true to yourself while also following tradition and being respectful of your family. Mei's mother is a traditional Chinese woman and wants the best for her daughter - in this case, to attend Harvard. Mei is in love and wants to go to a different school to be closer to her boyfriend. How can Mei convince her mother that going to Harvard is not necessarily the best thing for her? In the end, this book is really about being true to yourself, being honest with the people you love, and communicating in a way that is truthful but respectful all told in a way that is fun and not too serious. This book is about real girls and real issues that they face all told through Erin's often hilarious observations and her advice on Miss Fortune Cookie. As a side note, the fortunes included as chapter headers were also hilarious! Highly recommended! Note: I received a copy of this book for free from the author through Crossroads Tours and Reviews. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.show more
by Cherie
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