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Fresh Off the BoatFRESH OFF THE BOAT by Eddie Huang Book Review
Publication Date: January 29th 2013 by Spiegel & Grau
Rating: – Exceeds Expectations  |

Book Summary: Eddie Huang is the thirty-year-old proprietor of Baohaus—the hot East Village hangout where foodies, stoners, and students come to stuff their faces with delicious Taiwanese street food late into the night—and one of the food world’s brightest and most controversial young stars. But before he created the perfect home for himself in a small patch of downtown New York, Eddie wandered the American wilderness looking for a place to call his own.

Eddie grew up in theme-park America, on a could-be-anywhere cul-de-sac in suburban Orlando, raised by a wild family of FOB (“fresh off the boat”) hustlers and hysterics from Taiwan. While his father improbably launched a series of successful seafood and steak restaurants, Eddie burned his way through American culture, defying every “model minority” stereotype along the way. He obsessed over football, fought the All-American boys who called him a chink, partied like a gremlin, sold drugs with his crew, and idolized Tupac. His anchor through it all was food—from making Southern ribs (and scoring drugs) with the Haitian cooks in his dad’s restaurant to preparing traditional meals in his mother’s kitchen to haunting the midnight markets of Taipei when he was shipped off to the homeland. After misadventures as an unlikely lawyer, street fashion renegade, and stand-up comic, Eddie finally threw everything he loved—past and present, family and food—into his own restaurant, bringing together a legacy stretching back to China and the shards of global culture he’d melded into his own identity.

Funny, raw, and moving, and told in an irrepressibly alive and original voice, Fresh Off the Boat recasts the immigrant’s story for the twenty-first century—it’s a story of food, family, and the forging of a new notion of what it means to be American.

Book Review Overview:

  • Laugh-out-loud funny
  • I couldn’t relate to his ramblings on hip-hop and basketball, but his story-telling was far too amusing
  • Eddie Huang knows his food; this will make you have lots of cravings

Ever since I started my new job a few months ago, I’ve been listening to a lot more audiobooks. Lucky for me, I can work and listen to audiobooks at the same time. My work day on the computer goes by a lot faster when I have an interesting book to listen to.

Memoirs usually aren’t my thing, but I thought I would give Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang a try. Aside from being a total book nerd, I’m also a huge foodie. Baohaus, the restaurant owned by Eddie Huang, is one of my favorite places to eat.

In Fresh Off the Boat, Eddie Huang combines his experience in growing up as an Asian-American with his love of food. What makes this audiobook so fun to listen to is the fact that he narrates it himself and he talks as if he is talking to one of his very good friends. His casual prose makes for entertaining story-telling. There were a handful of times that I wanted to laugh out loud, and I had to remind myself that it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to do that at work.

There were times where I found myself unable to relate to Eddie’s story. Eddie Huang loves to talk about hip-hop and basketball – two things that I’m not very familiar with. But his anecdotes are always mixed with humor, so even if I cannot relate 100%, I can still find his stories entertaining.

Furthermore, don’t let his love of hip-hop and street-talk fool you. Eddie Huang is quite smart and thoughtful. His thoughts on growing up as an Asian-American are quite provoking. Plus, there is no doubt that he knows his food. Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang will make you hungry. I craved all kinds of food while listening to his audiobook. I couldn’t get the thought of eating a bao out of my mind until I made my way downtown to Baohaus.

I’m so glad I went out of my comfort zone and picked up Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang. Fresh Off the Boat is eight hours of non-stop laughter and food cravings.

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Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria SnadowskyANATOMY OF A BOYFRIEND by Daria Snadowsky Book Review
Series: Anatomy, #1
Publication Date: January 9th 2007 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Rating: – Exceeds Expectations |

Book Summary: Before this all happened, the closest I’d ever come to getting physical with a guy was playing the board game Operation. Okay, so maybe that sounds pathetic, but it’s not like there were any guys at my high school who I cared to share more than three words with, let alone my body.

Then I met Wes, a track star senior from across town. Maybe it was his soulful blue eyes, or maybe my hormones just started raging. Either way, I was hooked. And after a while, he was too. I couldn’t believe how intense my feelings became, or the fact that I was seeing—and touching—parts of the body I’d only read about in my Gray’s Anatomy textbook. You could say Wes and I experienced a lot of firsts together that spring. It was scary. It was fun. It was love.

And then came the fall.

Book Review Overview:

  • Humor makes up for the plot’s predictability
  • A laugh-out-loud story about a girl’s sexual exploration and first love

I’m not going to lie, the beginning, middle, and end of ANATOMY OF A BOYFRIEND by Daria Snadowsky is completely predictable. It’s not the kind of book that will keep you on the edge of your seat. But it doesn’t matter… because that’s not why you would read this book.

If you’re familiar with contemporary YA, the plot of ANATOMY OF A BOYFRIEND by Daria Snadowsky will not come across as a shock. Before Dom met Wes at her best friend’s track meet, all she ever cared about was studying and getting into med school. Next thing she knows, she’s falling in love with a track star and she’s getting first hand experience on the male anatomy. Up until Wes, her only experience with male parts were from playing Operation and reading Gray’s Anatomy. ANATOMY OF A BOYFRIEND explores Dom’s first love during her senior year in high school and first year of college. There aren’t any plot twists in ANATOMY OF A BOYFRIEND. I was pretty much able to guess beginning to end, but that didn’t really bother me because the book makes up for it in humor.

ANATOMY OF A BOYFRIEND tackles the serious issue of a girl’s first exploration of her sexuality but with a great helping of humor. Snadowsky covers a lot of questions girls may have about sex and the male anatomy in the novel. She never sugar-coats anything so don’t expect candles and rose petals. Dom’s experiences are messy and awkward which makes for a laugh out loud and very realisitc read.

ANATOMY OF A BOYFRIEND by Daria Snadowsky is a book I wish I had read in high school. I’m so happy to hear that a companion novel, Anatomy of a Single Girl, released earlier this year because Dom’s exploration of her sexuality has only just begun. I’m looking forward to another laugh out loud read.


About the Author

Daria Snadowsky is the author of the novels “Anatomy of a Boyfriend” and “Anatomy of a Single Girl.” She also contributed the essay “To Sir Anthony, With Love,” to the anthology “Crush: 26 Real-life Tales of First Love.”

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ThumpedTHUMPED by Megan McCafferty Book Review
Series: Bumped, #2
Publication Date: April 24th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
Rating: – Exceeds Expectations |

Book Summary:  It’s been thirty-five weeks since twin sisters Harmony and Melody went their separate ways. And now their story has become irresistible: twins separated at birth, each due to deliver twins…on the same day!

Married to Ram and living in Goodside, Harmony spends her time trying to fit back into the community she once believed in. But she can’t forget about Jondoe, the guy she fell for under the strangest of circumstances.

To her adoring fans, Melody has achieved everything: a major contract and a coupling with the hottest bump prospect around. But this image is costing her the one guy she really wants.

The girls’ every move is analyzed by millions of fans eagerly counting down to “Double Double Due Date.” They’re two of the most powerful teen girls on the planet, and they could do only one thing to make them even more famous:

Tell the truth.

Book Review Overview:

  • Teen pregnancy is no laughing matter … but THUMPED will make you crack up
  • There are two swoon-worthy guys in this book: Jondoe and Zen.
  • Satisfying conclusion that is definitely worth your money

I can’t believe I had doubts coming into THUMPED by Megan McCafferty. I breezed through BUMPED by Megan McCafferty and I could not have enjoyed it enough. I couldn’t wait to read more about Harmony and Melody, but I couldn’t help but feel a bit of apprehension when I picked up the sequel. Would THUMPED by Megan McCafferty be as funny? Would it live up to my expectations? The answer is yes. THUMPED by Megan McCafferty is the perfect conclusion to Melody and Harmony’s story.

I think it is important to remember the author’s intention when reading THUMPED by Megan McCafferty. No, she is not trying to promote teen pregnancy. McCafferty is forcing readers to think about media and society and the way we portray teen pregnancies. We shouldn’t be glamorizing teen pregnancies. We shouldn’t be making these pregnancies as a form of entertainment on MTV. By poking fun of teen pregnancies in the most hilarious and absurd way ever, Megan McCafferty forces you to realize how serious the matter is. The world in BUMPED and THUMPED is based on reality.

It’s been a while since I read BUMPED so immediately, I had a problem differentiating between Harmony and Melody. They are completely different people, but because of the similarity of their musical names I have difficulty in remembering who’s who. I can finally tell the two apart, but it did take me a couple of chapters to get used to their names again.

I loved reading about Harmony and Melody and seeing them grow as characters from the first book to the end of THUMPED by Megan McCafferty. Harmony obviously changed a lot more than Melody because she previously had such a conservative lifestyle. I found it inspiring to read about how she finally manages to balance out her religion with her other beliefs. It’s not as if she traded religion for a whole new life with her sister, Melody. She found a way to live with both, and I honestly respect that.

Furthermore, I definitely got my romance fix in THUMPED by Megan McCafferty. Okay, Jondoe is seriously pushing tacky at times, but there are other moments where he just made my heart melt. His intentions are so pure – sometimes a little bit naive – that you just can’t help but fall for him a little. I know Harmony has a reason to distrust him, but I really couldn’t help but cheer her on to trust him again.

On the other hand, there’s Zen. Oh my gosh. Of the two guys, Zen has my heart. I seriously love the chemistry between Melody and Zen. Reading about the two of them was one of the biggest highlights of the book. I probably sped through the book so quickly just to read how the conflict between the two of them would be resolved. I wish that there were more chapters that focused on the two of them, and I did feel that Harmony and Jondoe overshadowed the others at times.

The ending of THUMPED by Megan McCafferty was satisfying, but at the same time, it was not tied up entirely. Readers can only guess what will happen to Harmony and Melody, and what impact the truth might have for the rest of the country and even the rest of the world. Harmony and Melody did not end teen pregnancy – that is something completely out of their hands. But they managed to make an impact in the way they can. The open ending leaves the characters in the book to act upon the sisters’ impact and create even more change.

I strongly urge you to pick this up if you read and loved BUMPED by Megan McCafferty. If you’re a fan of her Jessica Darling series, you should really read this series. They’re completely different and you really won’t find yourself comparing the two.

Other Book Reviews:
Birth of a New Witch
I Eat Words

About the Author

Megan McCaffertyMegan McCafferty is the author of BUMPED, a satirical dystopian YA novel published by the Balzer + Bray imprint of HarperCollins. She also wrote the bestselling Jessica Darling series: SLOPPY FIRSTS, SECOND HELPINGS, CHARMED THIRDS, FOURTH COMINGS and PERFECT FIFTHS.

Megan edited a short story anthology called SIXTEEN: Stories About That Sweet and Bitter Birthday. She has contributed to several fiction and nonfiction anthologies including DEAR BULLY, MY LITTLE RED BOOK, DOES THIS BOOK MAKE ME LOOK FAT? and EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BEING A GIRL I LEARNED FROM JUDY BLUME. Her work has been translated into eleven languages, including German, Chinese and Hungarian.

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