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17 year old Ming just started her first year at MIT. She is trying to be a good daughter for her family but at the same time trying to figure out how to get out of the pre-med program. Ming can’t possibly become a doctor when she is a germaphobe. The whole year she is trying to navigate what she wants with what her parents want. She doesn’t want to be disowned like her older brother was.
Oh this book had me giggling from page 1. I absolutely adored Ming. She was so relatable. She constantly striving to meet her parents expectations while trying to figure out who she was. Ming is Taiwanese-American and had a very strict upbringing.
College is a really eye opening experience when she suddenly has a lot more freedom. I loved that this book tackled so many different aspects of being a first gen American. Ming embraces her culture but doesn’t want to be stifled by it.
We got to explore Ming’s culture through her family, community, and food. It was very informative. The author did a great job of showing us rather than telling us. The only times things were explained was when Ming had to explain an aspect of her culture to new friends.
This book truly had a little bit of everything for every reader. There was journey of self-discovery, a romance and friendships. But at the core this was a book about family and this was a well explored story about family.
I gave this book an A
I devour worlds with each new book. I am making up for lost time as a late bloomer of the reading world.