Loveboat, Taipei

Loveboat, Taipei #1

Abigail Hing Wen

fiction contemporary romance young adult
adventurous slow-paced

432 pages | first published 2020

For fans of Crazy Rich Asians or Jane Austen Comedy of Manners, with a hint of La La Land

When eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achieving kids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers since they were nine—and her parents’ yardstick for her never-measuring-up life.

Unbeknownst to her parents, however, the program is actually an infamous teen meet-market nicknamed Loveboat, where the kids are more into clubbing than calligraphy and drinking snake-blood sake than touring sacred shrines.

Free for the first time, Ever sets out to break all her parents’ uber-strict rules—but how far can she go before she breaks her own heart?

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emotional 69%
lighthearted 54%
adventurous 50%
reflective 44%
hopeful 42%
inspiring 32%
funny 28%
relaxing 10%
challenging 6%
tense 5%
dark 3%
sad 3%
informative 1%
mysterious 1%


medium 66%
fast 26%
slow 6%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 50% | A mix: 40% | Plot: 10%

Strong character development?

Yes: 85% | It's complicated: 10% | No: 5%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 55% | It's complicated: 23% | No: 21%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 87% | It's complicated: 12%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 83% | It's complicated: 8% | No: 5% | N/A: 1%

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