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A Pho Love Story, by Loan Le

jgattens24_'s review against another edition

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funny inspiring lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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yasmines's review against another edition

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hopeful lighthearted relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

tattoodpikachu's review against another edition

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4.0

This book was super cute, very reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet. After reading about how much love goes into the food they cooked I definitely want to go check out a local Vietnamese place and try the dishes described in the book ( especially Pho!). There was a great amount of depth, some social commentary and a few great laughs. I will say though that this is quite long for a romance, so it did seem to drag on a little in the beginning. Overall nice read, but you should avoid on an empty stomach.

tejasviepuri's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful lighthearted sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

schreckjo's review against another edition

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3.0

A cute story about the strength of community and long-held toxic grudges.

oliwier's review against another edition

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emotional funny lighthearted
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.75

This book made me so hungry. 

Everything was so soft. This book is a treat, the summer breeze on your face, a cup of a sweet hot drink, it's just so soft and perfect. 

I love romance with people who communicate, with boys who are soft and caring.

punisherpsyche's review against another edition

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emotional funny lighthearted relaxing fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

competencefantasy's review

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challenging emotional funny hopeful inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

projectshalfdone's review against another edition

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4.0

I think what I liked most about this novel was the use of the Vietnamese language as well as the amazing descriptions of food interspersed throughout the story. Reading the authors note it was interesting to learn their personal history about food and the language they use with their parents. I appreciated that the author gave voice to her authentic experience and although I do not share the same culture, this book gave me a perspective on one aspect of Asian American life that I otherwise have not encountered.

Throughout the book the main characters each share their perspectives with a small overlap in the timeline when each segment switches from one to the other. I really appreciated this linkage in the writing and I don’t think I’ve seen it in another book. For me, this was the ideal way to read multiple perspectives. I never felt lost or confused when the perspective changed from chapter to chapter which can happen with so many books written in this style.

Overall this was a heartwarming enemies to friends story that gave me all the good feels. It’s a great YA book and an easy summertime read.

whore4fictionalmen's review

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emotional slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.75