American Panda

American Panda

An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and crush on a Japanese classmate. At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents' master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to ful An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor ...

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Title:American Panda
Author:Gloria Chao
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:American Panda
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:311 pages pages

American Panda Reviews

  • Monica
    May 04, 2018

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

    I loved this! It's well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down! There are some laugh out loud moments and times you wish you could reach in and give Mei a hug or a high five. (Not that she would like that.) Mei is a Taiwanese-American seventeen year old who is starting her fre...

    Omg this was so good! Going to be rereading this when it comes out. ...

    this was absolutely one book that SHOCKED me with how amazing it was. here i was thinking it was gonna be a cute, little contemporary, that includes some Taiwanese rep but NO NONONONON THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE the way the author explores and delves into the culture and traditions a...

    this is the first book that made me feel like my asian-american-ness is seen. forever grateful. full review to come. ...

    Dearest Reader, I wrote American Panda because it was the book I needed in high school and the book I needed when I decided to put my dental career aside to try writing, which I had no experience in. This is also a book I would have needed in high school or during my three years of...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... 17-year-old Mei should be in high school, but skipping a grade was all part of her parent's plan for her to go to MIT become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, and produce a litter of babies. When she reconnects...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest ? I read this for the Yule Bingo Challenge, for the category of Cedric: friendship goals. For more info on this challenge, click here. ? This is ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET from a Taiwanese perspecti...

    There's something magical about reading a book and feeling so seen. Multiple elements of this story were things I've never seen another book tackle when it comes to growing up Asian. But this is a book anyone can relate to - it's all about the struggle of wanting to be who you are whil...

  • Shenwei
    Oct 30, 2017

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

    I loved this! It's well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down! There are some laugh out loud moments and times you wish you could reach in and give Mei a hug or a high five. (Not that she would like that.) Mei is a Taiwanese-American seventeen year old who is starting her fre...

    Omg this was so good! Going to be rereading this when it comes out. ...

    this was absolutely one book that SHOCKED me with how amazing it was. here i was thinking it was gonna be a cute, little contemporary, that includes some Taiwanese rep but NO NONONONON THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE the way the author explores and delves into the culture and traditions a...

    this is the first book that made me feel like my asian-american-ness is seen. forever grateful. full review to come. ...

    Dearest Reader, I wrote American Panda because it was the book I needed in high school and the book I needed when I decided to put my dental career aside to try writing, which I had no experience in. This is also a book I would have needed in high school or during my three years of...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... 17-year-old Mei should be in high school, but skipping a grade was all part of her parent's plan for her to go to MIT become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, and produce a litter of babies. When she reconnects...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest ? I read this for the Yule Bingo Challenge, for the category of Cedric: friendship goals. For more info on this challenge, click here. ? This is ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET from a Taiwanese perspecti...

    There's something magical about reading a book and feeling so seen. Multiple elements of this story were things I've never seen another book tackle when it comes to growing up Asian. But this is a book anyone can relate to - it's all about the struggle of wanting to be who you are whil...

    First of all, how cute is this cover!! Secondly, I am not Asian so I have no idea how accurate the depiction of Chinese culture is in this book. But it was very interesting to read about and I'm happy that I read this, if only to learn more about the culture and struggles of Taiwane...

    Very, very cute and quite funny too! ...

    I wish the author made an attempt to think bigger and be more creative. A lot of the plot is too familiar and predictable (it's mostly the Asian-tiger-parents-pushing-for-med-school scenario) and the romance, while sweet, is kind of bland and not memorable. Overall it gave me a feeling...

    This Kiwi-Panda has mixed feelings about American Panda. On one hand: - I didn't find myself in this book, though many others did and I'm thankful for that. Nonetheless, I appreciated American Panda's narrative, its honesty and its vulnerability. - There were some truly tender mo...

    LOVE THIS SO MUCH! ??????? (?????) 1. IT'S SO, SO RELATABLE. I'm Chinese, and I could really relate to some of the family stuff Mei had to deal with. My parents are not as traditional as Mei's, BUT - I'M REALLY FAMILIAR WITH A LOT OF STUFF IN THIS BOOK A...

    it's rare to find a book where I can read along and be like "it me" and yell because the references are so familiar and this is one of them. *cries in ownvoices* the cover image makes the story seem a bit lighter than you might expect since it gets really heavy at some points with the...

  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    Dec 23, 2017

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

    I loved this! It's well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down! There are some laugh out loud moments and times you wish you could reach in and give Mei a hug or a high five. (Not that she would like that.) Mei is a Taiwanese-American seventeen year old who is starting her fre...

    Omg this was so good! Going to be rereading this when it comes out. ...

    this was absolutely one book that SHOCKED me with how amazing it was. here i was thinking it was gonna be a cute, little contemporary, that includes some Taiwanese rep but NO NONONONON THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE the way the author explores and delves into the culture and traditions a...

    this is the first book that made me feel like my asian-american-ness is seen. forever grateful. full review to come. ...

    Dearest Reader, I wrote American Panda because it was the book I needed in high school and the book I needed when I decided to put my dental career aside to try writing, which I had no experience in. This is also a book I would have needed in high school or during my three years of...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... 17-year-old Mei should be in high school, but skipping a grade was all part of her parent's plan for her to go to MIT become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, and produce a litter of babies. When she reconnects...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest ? I read this for the Yule Bingo Challenge, for the category of Cedric: friendship goals. For more info on this challenge, click here. ? This is ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET from a Taiwanese perspecti...

  • Tatiana
    Feb 12, 2018

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

    I loved this! It's well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down! There are some laugh out loud moments and times you wish you could reach in and give Mei a hug or a high five. (Not that she would like that.) Mei is a Taiwanese-American seventeen year old who is starting her fre...

    Omg this was so good! Going to be rereading this when it comes out. ...

    this was absolutely one book that SHOCKED me with how amazing it was. here i was thinking it was gonna be a cute, little contemporary, that includes some Taiwanese rep but NO NONONONON THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE the way the author explores and delves into the culture and traditions a...

    this is the first book that made me feel like my asian-american-ness is seen. forever grateful. full review to come. ...

    Dearest Reader, I wrote American Panda because it was the book I needed in high school and the book I needed when I decided to put my dental career aside to try writing, which I had no experience in. This is also a book I would have needed in high school or during my three years of...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... 17-year-old Mei should be in high school, but skipping a grade was all part of her parent's plan for her to go to MIT become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, and produce a litter of babies. When she reconnects...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest ? I read this for the Yule Bingo Challenge, for the category of Cedric: friendship goals. For more info on this challenge, click here. ? This is ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET from a Taiwanese perspecti...

    There's something magical about reading a book and feeling so seen. Multiple elements of this story were things I've never seen another book tackle when it comes to growing up Asian. But this is a book anyone can relate to - it's all about the struggle of wanting to be who you are whil...

    First of all, how cute is this cover!! Secondly, I am not Asian so I have no idea how accurate the depiction of Chinese culture is in this book. But it was very interesting to read about and I'm happy that I read this, if only to learn more about the culture and struggles of Taiwane...

    Very, very cute and quite funny too! ...

    I wish the author made an attempt to think bigger and be more creative. A lot of the plot is too familiar and predictable (it's mostly the Asian-tiger-parents-pushing-for-med-school scenario) and the romance, while sweet, is kind of bland and not memorable. Overall it gave me a feeling...

  • Suzanne
    May 29, 2018

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

    I loved this! It's well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down! There are some laugh out loud moments and times you wish you could reach in and give Mei a hug or a high five. (Not that she would like that.) Mei is a Taiwanese-American seventeen year old who is starting her fre...

    Omg this was so good! Going to be rereading this when it comes out. ...

    this was absolutely one book that SHOCKED me with how amazing it was. here i was thinking it was gonna be a cute, little contemporary, that includes some Taiwanese rep but NO NONONONON THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE the way the author explores and delves into the culture and traditions a...

    this is the first book that made me feel like my asian-american-ness is seen. forever grateful. full review to come. ...

    Dearest Reader, I wrote American Panda because it was the book I needed in high school and the book I needed when I decided to put my dental career aside to try writing, which I had no experience in. This is also a book I would have needed in high school or during my three years of...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... 17-year-old Mei should be in high school, but skipping a grade was all part of her parent's plan for her to go to MIT become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, and produce a litter of babies. When she reconnects...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest ? I read this for the Yule Bingo Challenge, for the category of Cedric: friendship goals. For more info on this challenge, click here. ? This is ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET from a Taiwanese perspecti...

    There's something magical about reading a book and feeling so seen. Multiple elements of this story were things I've never seen another book tackle when it comes to growing up Asian. But this is a book anyone can relate to - it's all about the struggle of wanting to be who you are whil...

    First of all, how cute is this cover!! Secondly, I am not Asian so I have no idea how accurate the depiction of Chinese culture is in this book. But it was very interesting to read about and I'm happy that I read this, if only to learn more about the culture and struggles of Taiwane...

    Very, very cute and quite funny too! ...

    I wish the author made an attempt to think bigger and be more creative. A lot of the plot is too familiar and predictable (it's mostly the Asian-tiger-parents-pushing-for-med-school scenario) and the romance, while sweet, is kind of bland and not memorable. Overall it gave me a feeling...

    This Kiwi-Panda has mixed feelings about American Panda. On one hand: - I didn't find myself in this book, though many others did and I'm thankful for that. Nonetheless, I appreciated American Panda's narrative, its honesty and its vulnerability. - There were some truly tender mo...

    LOVE THIS SO MUCH! ??????? (?????) 1. IT'S SO, SO RELATABLE. I'm Chinese, and I could really relate to some of the family stuff Mei had to deal with. My parents are not as traditional as Mei's, BUT - I'M REALLY FAMILIAR WITH A LOT OF STUFF IN THIS BOOK A...

    it's rare to find a book where I can read along and be like "it me" and yell because the references are so familiar and this is one of them. *cries in ownvoices* the cover image makes the story seem a bit lighter than you might expect since it gets really heavy at some points with the...

    This was so funny and better than good, although expectations of some people annoyed me. Motto to this book: Always remember to chase happiness and don't give up on your dreams. American Panda turned out to be an awesome contemporary YA book. It was far better than I thou...

    this had me laughing, crying, and craving dumplings more than i already do. official blurb to come soon, but for now? you totally need to add this to your pre-order lists. one of my favorite reads of the year. ...

    It bothers me that when you hear ?POC? or ?diversity? it almost always means half-American and half-whatever-culture-they-represent. Not that it is this book?s fault or anything, but where are those books featuring Indian, Chinese, Japanese, African, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Au...

    I really appreciate the way that AMERICAN PANDA was a book that featured a ton of things I love (cute romance, college anecdotes, self-growth and discovery) AND centered around a Taiwanese-American character. While not quite the same as my own experiences as Filipino-American, there we...

    I try not to read books too far in advance because it means everyone else will have to wait before they too can experience the joy I?m feeling. Gloria Chao?s American Panda is about a Taiwanese-American girl named Mei who gets into college early (MIT) and has to straddle two cultur...

    Just. So. Good. Keep an eye out for this in Feb 2018. Full review to come. UPDATE: First published at The Shrinkette. Thanks so much to Netgalley and Simon Pulse for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Plot: Seventeen-year old Mei is a freshman at MIT, tha...

    3.5* This was a cute read about a Taiwanese girl breaking away from her family?s wishes and traditions to live her own life at MIT. I actually breezed right through this book because it had a lot of funny moments and Mei was such a likeable character. It was uplifting when Mei and...

  • ALEXA
    Feb 06, 2018

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

    I loved this! It's well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down! There are some laugh out loud moments and times you wish you could reach in and give Mei a hug or a high five. (Not that she would like that.) Mei is a Taiwanese-American seventeen year old who is starting her fre...

    Omg this was so good! Going to be rereading this when it comes out. ...

    this was absolutely one book that SHOCKED me with how amazing it was. here i was thinking it was gonna be a cute, little contemporary, that includes some Taiwanese rep but NO NONONONON THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE the way the author explores and delves into the culture and traditions a...

    this is the first book that made me feel like my asian-american-ness is seen. forever grateful. full review to come. ...

    Dearest Reader, I wrote American Panda because it was the book I needed in high school and the book I needed when I decided to put my dental career aside to try writing, which I had no experience in. This is also a book I would have needed in high school or during my three years of...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... 17-year-old Mei should be in high school, but skipping a grade was all part of her parent's plan for her to go to MIT become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, and produce a litter of babies. When she reconnects...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest ? I read this for the Yule Bingo Challenge, for the category of Cedric: friendship goals. For more info on this challenge, click here. ? This is ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET from a Taiwanese perspecti...

    There's something magical about reading a book and feeling so seen. Multiple elements of this story were things I've never seen another book tackle when it comes to growing up Asian. But this is a book anyone can relate to - it's all about the struggle of wanting to be who you are whil...

    First of all, how cute is this cover!! Secondly, I am not Asian so I have no idea how accurate the depiction of Chinese culture is in this book. But it was very interesting to read about and I'm happy that I read this, if only to learn more about the culture and struggles of Taiwane...

    Very, very cute and quite funny too! ...

    I wish the author made an attempt to think bigger and be more creative. A lot of the plot is too familiar and predictable (it's mostly the Asian-tiger-parents-pushing-for-med-school scenario) and the romance, while sweet, is kind of bland and not memorable. Overall it gave me a feeling...

    This Kiwi-Panda has mixed feelings about American Panda. On one hand: - I didn't find myself in this book, though many others did and I'm thankful for that. Nonetheless, I appreciated American Panda's narrative, its honesty and its vulnerability. - There were some truly tender mo...

    LOVE THIS SO MUCH! ??????? (?????) 1. IT'S SO, SO RELATABLE. I'm Chinese, and I could really relate to some of the family stuff Mei had to deal with. My parents are not as traditional as Mei's, BUT - I'M REALLY FAMILIAR WITH A LOT OF STUFF IN THIS BOOK A...

    it's rare to find a book where I can read along and be like "it me" and yell because the references are so familiar and this is one of them. *cries in ownvoices* the cover image makes the story seem a bit lighter than you might expect since it gets really heavy at some points with the...

    This was so funny and better than good, although expectations of some people annoyed me. Motto to this book: Always remember to chase happiness and don't give up on your dreams. American Panda turned out to be an awesome contemporary YA book. It was far better than I thou...

    this had me laughing, crying, and craving dumplings more than i already do. official blurb to come soon, but for now? you totally need to add this to your pre-order lists. one of my favorite reads of the year. ...

    It bothers me that when you hear ?POC? or ?diversity? it almost always means half-American and half-whatever-culture-they-represent. Not that it is this book?s fault or anything, but where are those books featuring Indian, Chinese, Japanese, African, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Au...

    I really appreciate the way that AMERICAN PANDA was a book that featured a ton of things I love (cute romance, college anecdotes, self-growth and discovery) AND centered around a Taiwanese-American character. While not quite the same as my own experiences as Filipino-American, there we...

  • Kerri
    Oct 02, 2017

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

    I loved this! It's well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down! There are some laugh out loud moments and times you wish you could reach in and give Mei a hug or a high five. (Not that she would like that.) Mei is a Taiwanese-American seventeen year old who is starting her fre...

    Omg this was so good! Going to be rereading this when it comes out. ...

    this was absolutely one book that SHOCKED me with how amazing it was. here i was thinking it was gonna be a cute, little contemporary, that includes some Taiwanese rep but NO NONONONON THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE the way the author explores and delves into the culture and traditions a...

    this is the first book that made me feel like my asian-american-ness is seen. forever grateful. full review to come. ...

    Dearest Reader, I wrote American Panda because it was the book I needed in high school and the book I needed when I decided to put my dental career aside to try writing, which I had no experience in. This is also a book I would have needed in high school or during my three years of...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... 17-year-old Mei should be in high school, but skipping a grade was all part of her parent's plan for her to go to MIT become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, and produce a litter of babies. When she reconnects...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest ? I read this for the Yule Bingo Challenge, for the category of Cedric: friendship goals. For more info on this challenge, click here. ? This is ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET from a Taiwanese perspecti...

    There's something magical about reading a book and feeling so seen. Multiple elements of this story were things I've never seen another book tackle when it comes to growing up Asian. But this is a book anyone can relate to - it's all about the struggle of wanting to be who you are whil...

    First of all, how cute is this cover!! Secondly, I am not Asian so I have no idea how accurate the depiction of Chinese culture is in this book. But it was very interesting to read about and I'm happy that I read this, if only to learn more about the culture and struggles of Taiwane...

    Very, very cute and quite funny too! ...

    I wish the author made an attempt to think bigger and be more creative. A lot of the plot is too familiar and predictable (it's mostly the Asian-tiger-parents-pushing-for-med-school scenario) and the romance, while sweet, is kind of bland and not memorable. Overall it gave me a feeling...

    This Kiwi-Panda has mixed feelings about American Panda. On one hand: - I didn't find myself in this book, though many others did and I'm thankful for that. Nonetheless, I appreciated American Panda's narrative, its honesty and its vulnerability. - There were some truly tender mo...

    LOVE THIS SO MUCH! ??????? (?????) 1. IT'S SO, SO RELATABLE. I'm Chinese, and I could really relate to some of the family stuff Mei had to deal with. My parents are not as traditional as Mei's, BUT - I'M REALLY FAMILIAR WITH A LOT OF STUFF IN THIS BOOK A...

    it's rare to find a book where I can read along and be like "it me" and yell because the references are so familiar and this is one of them. *cries in ownvoices* the cover image makes the story seem a bit lighter than you might expect since it gets really heavy at some points with the...

    This was so funny and better than good, although expectations of some people annoyed me. Motto to this book: Always remember to chase happiness and don't give up on your dreams. American Panda turned out to be an awesome contemporary YA book. It was far better than I thou...

    this had me laughing, crying, and craving dumplings more than i already do. official blurb to come soon, but for now? you totally need to add this to your pre-order lists. one of my favorite reads of the year. ...

  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    Apr 11, 2018

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

  • Heather 'Bookables'
    Feb 13, 2018

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

  • Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
    Jun 29, 2017

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

    I loved this! It's well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down! There are some laugh out loud moments and times you wish you could reach in and give Mei a hug or a high five. (Not that she would like that.) Mei is a Taiwanese-American seventeen year old who is starting her fre...

    Omg this was so good! Going to be rereading this when it comes out. ...

    this was absolutely one book that SHOCKED me with how amazing it was. here i was thinking it was gonna be a cute, little contemporary, that includes some Taiwanese rep but NO NONONONON THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE the way the author explores and delves into the culture and traditions a...

    this is the first book that made me feel like my asian-american-ness is seen. forever grateful. full review to come. ...

    Dearest Reader, I wrote American Panda because it was the book I needed in high school and the book I needed when I decided to put my dental career aside to try writing, which I had no experience in. This is also a book I would have needed in high school or during my three years of...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... 17-year-old Mei should be in high school, but skipping a grade was all part of her parent's plan for her to go to MIT become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, and produce a litter of babies. When she reconnects...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest ? I read this for the Yule Bingo Challenge, for the category of Cedric: friendship goals. For more info on this challenge, click here. ? This is ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET from a Taiwanese perspecti...

    There's something magical about reading a book and feeling so seen. Multiple elements of this story were things I've never seen another book tackle when it comes to growing up Asian. But this is a book anyone can relate to - it's all about the struggle of wanting to be who you are whil...

    First of all, how cute is this cover!! Secondly, I am not Asian so I have no idea how accurate the depiction of Chinese culture is in this book. But it was very interesting to read about and I'm happy that I read this, if only to learn more about the culture and struggles of Taiwane...

    Very, very cute and quite funny too! ...

    I wish the author made an attempt to think bigger and be more creative. A lot of the plot is too familiar and predictable (it's mostly the Asian-tiger-parents-pushing-for-med-school scenario) and the romance, while sweet, is kind of bland and not memorable. Overall it gave me a feeling...

    This Kiwi-Panda has mixed feelings about American Panda. On one hand: - I didn't find myself in this book, though many others did and I'm thankful for that. Nonetheless, I appreciated American Panda's narrative, its honesty and its vulnerability. - There were some truly tender mo...

    LOVE THIS SO MUCH! ??????? (?????) 1. IT'S SO, SO RELATABLE. I'm Chinese, and I could really relate to some of the family stuff Mei had to deal with. My parents are not as traditional as Mei's, BUT - I'M REALLY FAMILIAR WITH A LOT OF STUFF IN THIS BOOK A...

    it's rare to find a book where I can read along and be like "it me" and yell because the references are so familiar and this is one of them. *cries in ownvoices* the cover image makes the story seem a bit lighter than you might expect since it gets really heavy at some points with the...

    This was so funny and better than good, although expectations of some people annoyed me. Motto to this book: Always remember to chase happiness and don't give up on your dreams. American Panda turned out to be an awesome contemporary YA book. It was far better than I thou...

    this had me laughing, crying, and craving dumplings more than i already do. official blurb to come soon, but for now? you totally need to add this to your pre-order lists. one of my favorite reads of the year. ...

    It bothers me that when you hear ?POC? or ?diversity? it almost always means half-American and half-whatever-culture-they-represent. Not that it is this book?s fault or anything, but where are those books featuring Indian, Chinese, Japanese, African, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Au...

    I really appreciate the way that AMERICAN PANDA was a book that featured a ton of things I love (cute romance, college anecdotes, self-growth and discovery) AND centered around a Taiwanese-American character. While not quite the same as my own experiences as Filipino-American, there we...

    I try not to read books too far in advance because it means everyone else will have to wait before they too can experience the joy I?m feeling. Gloria Chao?s American Panda is about a Taiwanese-American girl named Mei who gets into college early (MIT) and has to straddle two cultur...

    Just. So. Good. Keep an eye out for this in Feb 2018. Full review to come. UPDATE: First published at The Shrinkette. Thanks so much to Netgalley and Simon Pulse for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Plot: Seventeen-year old Mei is a freshman at MIT, tha...

    3.5* This was a cute read about a Taiwanese girl breaking away from her family?s wishes and traditions to live her own life at MIT. I actually breezed right through this book because it had a lot of funny moments and Mei was such a likeable character. It was uplifting when Mei and...

    DDR, dumplings, the struggles of dealing with traditional Asian parents and their expectations of perfectly mannered children - I'm pretty sure this is the book of my heart. American Panda is surprisingly refreshing because it actually gets the pressure and all consuming hold that trad...

    Omg another Asian model on the cover... this is just so brilliant to see! ...

  • Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
    Feb 10, 2018

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

    I loved this! It's well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down! There are some laugh out loud moments and times you wish you could reach in and give Mei a hug or a high five. (Not that she would like that.) Mei is a Taiwanese-American seventeen year old who is starting her fre...

    Omg this was so good! Going to be rereading this when it comes out. ...

    this was absolutely one book that SHOCKED me with how amazing it was. here i was thinking it was gonna be a cute, little contemporary, that includes some Taiwanese rep but NO NONONONON THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE the way the author explores and delves into the culture and traditions a...

    this is the first book that made me feel like my asian-american-ness is seen. forever grateful. full review to come. ...

    Dearest Reader, I wrote American Panda because it was the book I needed in high school and the book I needed when I decided to put my dental career aside to try writing, which I had no experience in. This is also a book I would have needed in high school or during my three years of...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... 17-year-old Mei should be in high school, but skipping a grade was all part of her parent's plan for her to go to MIT become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, and produce a litter of babies. When she reconnects...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest ? I read this for the Yule Bingo Challenge, for the category of Cedric: friendship goals. For more info on this challenge, click here. ? This is ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET from a Taiwanese perspecti...

    There's something magical about reading a book and feeling so seen. Multiple elements of this story were things I've never seen another book tackle when it comes to growing up Asian. But this is a book anyone can relate to - it's all about the struggle of wanting to be who you are whil...

    First of all, how cute is this cover!! Secondly, I am not Asian so I have no idea how accurate the depiction of Chinese culture is in this book. But it was very interesting to read about and I'm happy that I read this, if only to learn more about the culture and struggles of Taiwane...

    Very, very cute and quite funny too! ...

    I wish the author made an attempt to think bigger and be more creative. A lot of the plot is too familiar and predictable (it's mostly the Asian-tiger-parents-pushing-for-med-school scenario) and the romance, while sweet, is kind of bland and not memorable. Overall it gave me a feeling...

    This Kiwi-Panda has mixed feelings about American Panda. On one hand: - I didn't find myself in this book, though many others did and I'm thankful for that. Nonetheless, I appreciated American Panda's narrative, its honesty and its vulnerability. - There were some truly tender mo...

    LOVE THIS SO MUCH! ??????? (?????) 1. IT'S SO, SO RELATABLE. I'm Chinese, and I could really relate to some of the family stuff Mei had to deal with. My parents are not as traditional as Mei's, BUT - I'M REALLY FAMILIAR WITH A LOT OF STUFF IN THIS BOOK A...

    it's rare to find a book where I can read along and be like "it me" and yell because the references are so familiar and this is one of them. *cries in ownvoices* the cover image makes the story seem a bit lighter than you might expect since it gets really heavy at some points with the...

    This was so funny and better than good, although expectations of some people annoyed me. Motto to this book: Always remember to chase happiness and don't give up on your dreams. American Panda turned out to be an awesome contemporary YA book. It was far better than I thou...

    this had me laughing, crying, and craving dumplings more than i already do. official blurb to come soon, but for now? you totally need to add this to your pre-order lists. one of my favorite reads of the year. ...

    It bothers me that when you hear ?POC? or ?diversity? it almost always means half-American and half-whatever-culture-they-represent. Not that it is this book?s fault or anything, but where are those books featuring Indian, Chinese, Japanese, African, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Au...

    I really appreciate the way that AMERICAN PANDA was a book that featured a ton of things I love (cute romance, college anecdotes, self-growth and discovery) AND centered around a Taiwanese-American character. While not quite the same as my own experiences as Filipino-American, there we...

    I try not to read books too far in advance because it means everyone else will have to wait before they too can experience the joy I?m feeling. Gloria Chao?s American Panda is about a Taiwanese-American girl named Mei who gets into college early (MIT) and has to straddle two cultur...

    Just. So. Good. Keep an eye out for this in Feb 2018. Full review to come. UPDATE: First published at The Shrinkette. Thanks so much to Netgalley and Simon Pulse for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Plot: Seventeen-year old Mei is a freshman at MIT, tha...

    3.5* This was a cute read about a Taiwanese girl breaking away from her family?s wishes and traditions to live her own life at MIT. I actually breezed right through this book because it had a lot of funny moments and Mei was such a likeable character. It was uplifting when Mei and...

    DDR, dumplings, the struggles of dealing with traditional Asian parents and their expectations of perfectly mannered children - I'm pretty sure this is the book of my heart. American Panda is surprisingly refreshing because it actually gets the pressure and all consuming hold that trad...

  • alexandra
    Feb 01, 2018

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

    I loved this! It's well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down! There are some laugh out loud moments and times you wish you could reach in and give Mei a hug or a high five. (Not that she would like that.) Mei is a Taiwanese-American seventeen year old who is starting her fre...

    Omg this was so good! Going to be rereading this when it comes out. ...

    this was absolutely one book that SHOCKED me with how amazing it was. here i was thinking it was gonna be a cute, little contemporary, that includes some Taiwanese rep but NO NONONONON THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE the way the author explores and delves into the culture and traditions a...

    this is the first book that made me feel like my asian-american-ness is seen. forever grateful. full review to come. ...

  • Fafa's Book Corner
    Jan 13, 2018

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

    I loved this! It's well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down! There are some laugh out loud moments and times you wish you could reach in and give Mei a hug or a high five. (Not that she would like that.) Mei is a Taiwanese-American seventeen year old who is starting her fre...

    Omg this was so good! Going to be rereading this when it comes out. ...

  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    Sep 28, 2017

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

    I loved this! It's well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down! There are some laugh out loud moments and times you wish you could reach in and give Mei a hug or a high five. (Not that she would like that.) Mei is a Taiwanese-American seventeen year old who is starting her fre...

    Omg this was so good! Going to be rereading this when it comes out. ...

    this was absolutely one book that SHOCKED me with how amazing it was. here i was thinking it was gonna be a cute, little contemporary, that includes some Taiwanese rep but NO NONONONON THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE the way the author explores and delves into the culture and traditions a...

    this is the first book that made me feel like my asian-american-ness is seen. forever grateful. full review to come. ...

    Dearest Reader, I wrote American Panda because it was the book I needed in high school and the book I needed when I decided to put my dental career aside to try writing, which I had no experience in. This is also a book I would have needed in high school or during my three years of...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... 17-year-old Mei should be in high school, but skipping a grade was all part of her parent's plan for her to go to MIT become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, and produce a litter of babies. When she reconnects...

  • Faye*
    Jun 11, 2018

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

    I loved this! It's well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down! There are some laugh out loud moments and times you wish you could reach in and give Mei a hug or a high five. (Not that she would like that.) Mei is a Taiwanese-American seventeen year old who is starting her fre...

    Omg this was so good! Going to be rereading this when it comes out. ...

    this was absolutely one book that SHOCKED me with how amazing it was. here i was thinking it was gonna be a cute, little contemporary, that includes some Taiwanese rep but NO NONONONON THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE the way the author explores and delves into the culture and traditions a...

    this is the first book that made me feel like my asian-american-ness is seen. forever grateful. full review to come. ...

    Dearest Reader, I wrote American Panda because it was the book I needed in high school and the book I needed when I decided to put my dental career aside to try writing, which I had no experience in. This is also a book I would have needed in high school or during my three years of...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... 17-year-old Mei should be in high school, but skipping a grade was all part of her parent's plan for her to go to MIT become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, and produce a litter of babies. When she reconnects...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest ? I read this for the Yule Bingo Challenge, for the category of Cedric: friendship goals. For more info on this challenge, click here. ? This is ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET from a Taiwanese perspecti...

    There's something magical about reading a book and feeling so seen. Multiple elements of this story were things I've never seen another book tackle when it comes to growing up Asian. But this is a book anyone can relate to - it's all about the struggle of wanting to be who you are whil...

    First of all, how cute is this cover!! Secondly, I am not Asian so I have no idea how accurate the depiction of Chinese culture is in this book. But it was very interesting to read about and I'm happy that I read this, if only to learn more about the culture and struggles of Taiwane...

  • Lola
    Jan 16, 2018

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

  • Angelica
    Feb 21, 2018

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

  • Janani
    Dec 05, 2017

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

    I loved this! It's well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down! There are some laugh out loud moments and times you wish you could reach in and give Mei a hug or a high five. (Not that she would like that.) Mei is a Taiwanese-American seventeen year old who is starting her fre...

    Omg this was so good! Going to be rereading this when it comes out. ...

    this was absolutely one book that SHOCKED me with how amazing it was. here i was thinking it was gonna be a cute, little contemporary, that includes some Taiwanese rep but NO NONONONON THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE the way the author explores and delves into the culture and traditions a...

    this is the first book that made me feel like my asian-american-ness is seen. forever grateful. full review to come. ...

    Dearest Reader, I wrote American Panda because it was the book I needed in high school and the book I needed when I decided to put my dental career aside to try writing, which I had no experience in. This is also a book I would have needed in high school or during my three years of...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... 17-year-old Mei should be in high school, but skipping a grade was all part of her parent's plan for her to go to MIT become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, and produce a litter of babies. When she reconnects...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest ? I read this for the Yule Bingo Challenge, for the category of Cedric: friendship goals. For more info on this challenge, click here. ? This is ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET from a Taiwanese perspecti...

    There's something magical about reading a book and feeling so seen. Multiple elements of this story were things I've never seen another book tackle when it comes to growing up Asian. But this is a book anyone can relate to - it's all about the struggle of wanting to be who you are whil...

    First of all, how cute is this cover!! Secondly, I am not Asian so I have no idea how accurate the depiction of Chinese culture is in this book. But it was very interesting to read about and I'm happy that I read this, if only to learn more about the culture and struggles of Taiwane...

    Very, very cute and quite funny too! ...

    I wish the author made an attempt to think bigger and be more creative. A lot of the plot is too familiar and predictable (it's mostly the Asian-tiger-parents-pushing-for-med-school scenario) and the romance, while sweet, is kind of bland and not memorable. Overall it gave me a feeling...

    This Kiwi-Panda has mixed feelings about American Panda. On one hand: - I didn't find myself in this book, though many others did and I'm thankful for that. Nonetheless, I appreciated American Panda's narrative, its honesty and its vulnerability. - There were some truly tender mo...

    LOVE THIS SO MUCH! ??????? (?????) 1. IT'S SO, SO RELATABLE. I'm Chinese, and I could really relate to some of the family stuff Mei had to deal with. My parents are not as traditional as Mei's, BUT - I'M REALLY FAMILIAR WITH A LOT OF STUFF IN THIS BOOK A...

    it's rare to find a book where I can read along and be like "it me" and yell because the references are so familiar and this is one of them. *cries in ownvoices* the cover image makes the story seem a bit lighter than you might expect since it gets really heavy at some points with the...

    This was so funny and better than good, although expectations of some people annoyed me. Motto to this book: Always remember to chase happiness and don't give up on your dreams. American Panda turned out to be an awesome contemporary YA book. It was far better than I thou...

    this had me laughing, crying, and craving dumplings more than i already do. official blurb to come soon, but for now? you totally need to add this to your pre-order lists. one of my favorite reads of the year. ...

    It bothers me that when you hear ?POC? or ?diversity? it almost always means half-American and half-whatever-culture-they-represent. Not that it is this book?s fault or anything, but where are those books featuring Indian, Chinese, Japanese, African, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Au...

    I really appreciate the way that AMERICAN PANDA was a book that featured a ton of things I love (cute romance, college anecdotes, self-growth and discovery) AND centered around a Taiwanese-American character. While not quite the same as my own experiences as Filipino-American, there we...

    I try not to read books too far in advance because it means everyone else will have to wait before they too can experience the joy I?m feeling. Gloria Chao?s American Panda is about a Taiwanese-American girl named Mei who gets into college early (MIT) and has to straddle two cultur...

    Just. So. Good. Keep an eye out for this in Feb 2018. Full review to come. UPDATE: First published at The Shrinkette. Thanks so much to Netgalley and Simon Pulse for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Plot: Seventeen-year old Mei is a freshman at MIT, tha...

  • Chloe
    Jan 19, 2018

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

    I loved this! It's well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down! There are some laugh out loud moments and times you wish you could reach in and give Mei a hug or a high five. (Not that she would like that.) Mei is a Taiwanese-American seventeen year old who is starting her fre...

    Omg this was so good! Going to be rereading this when it comes out. ...

    this was absolutely one book that SHOCKED me with how amazing it was. here i was thinking it was gonna be a cute, little contemporary, that includes some Taiwanese rep but NO NONONONON THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE the way the author explores and delves into the culture and traditions a...

    this is the first book that made me feel like my asian-american-ness is seen. forever grateful. full review to come. ...

    Dearest Reader, I wrote American Panda because it was the book I needed in high school and the book I needed when I decided to put my dental career aside to try writing, which I had no experience in. This is also a book I would have needed in high school or during my three years of...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... 17-year-old Mei should be in high school, but skipping a grade was all part of her parent's plan for her to go to MIT become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, and produce a litter of babies. When she reconnects...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest ? I read this for the Yule Bingo Challenge, for the category of Cedric: friendship goals. For more info on this challenge, click here. ? This is ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET from a Taiwanese perspecti...

    There's something magical about reading a book and feeling so seen. Multiple elements of this story were things I've never seen another book tackle when it comes to growing up Asian. But this is a book anyone can relate to - it's all about the struggle of wanting to be who you are whil...

    First of all, how cute is this cover!! Secondly, I am not Asian so I have no idea how accurate the depiction of Chinese culture is in this book. But it was very interesting to read about and I'm happy that I read this, if only to learn more about the culture and struggles of Taiwane...

    Very, very cute and quite funny too! ...

    I wish the author made an attempt to think bigger and be more creative. A lot of the plot is too familiar and predictable (it's mostly the Asian-tiger-parents-pushing-for-med-school scenario) and the romance, while sweet, is kind of bland and not memorable. Overall it gave me a feeling...

    This Kiwi-Panda has mixed feelings about American Panda. On one hand: - I didn't find myself in this book, though many others did and I'm thankful for that. Nonetheless, I appreciated American Panda's narrative, its honesty and its vulnerability. - There were some truly tender mo...

    LOVE THIS SO MUCH! ??????? (?????) 1. IT'S SO, SO RELATABLE. I'm Chinese, and I could really relate to some of the family stuff Mei had to deal with. My parents are not as traditional as Mei's, BUT - I'M REALLY FAMILIAR WITH A LOT OF STUFF IN THIS BOOK A...

  • CW (Read Think Ponder)
    Mar 25, 2018

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

    I loved this! It's well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down! There are some laugh out loud moments and times you wish you could reach in and give Mei a hug or a high five. (Not that she would like that.) Mei is a Taiwanese-American seventeen year old who is starting her fre...

    Omg this was so good! Going to be rereading this when it comes out. ...

    this was absolutely one book that SHOCKED me with how amazing it was. here i was thinking it was gonna be a cute, little contemporary, that includes some Taiwanese rep but NO NONONONON THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE the way the author explores and delves into the culture and traditions a...

    this is the first book that made me feel like my asian-american-ness is seen. forever grateful. full review to come. ...

    Dearest Reader, I wrote American Panda because it was the book I needed in high school and the book I needed when I decided to put my dental career aside to try writing, which I had no experience in. This is also a book I would have needed in high school or during my three years of...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... 17-year-old Mei should be in high school, but skipping a grade was all part of her parent's plan for her to go to MIT become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, and produce a litter of babies. When she reconnects...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest ? I read this for the Yule Bingo Challenge, for the category of Cedric: friendship goals. For more info on this challenge, click here. ? This is ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET from a Taiwanese perspecti...

    There's something magical about reading a book and feeling so seen. Multiple elements of this story were things I've never seen another book tackle when it comes to growing up Asian. But this is a book anyone can relate to - it's all about the struggle of wanting to be who you are whil...

    First of all, how cute is this cover!! Secondly, I am not Asian so I have no idea how accurate the depiction of Chinese culture is in this book. But it was very interesting to read about and I'm happy that I read this, if only to learn more about the culture and struggles of Taiwane...

    Very, very cute and quite funny too! ...

    I wish the author made an attempt to think bigger and be more creative. A lot of the plot is too familiar and predictable (it's mostly the Asian-tiger-parents-pushing-for-med-school scenario) and the romance, while sweet, is kind of bland and not memorable. Overall it gave me a feeling...

    This Kiwi-Panda has mixed feelings about American Panda. On one hand: - I didn't find myself in this book, though many others did and I'm thankful for that. Nonetheless, I appreciated American Panda's narrative, its honesty and its vulnerability. - There were some truly tender mo...

  • emma
    Jun 09, 2018

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

  • Book Riot Community
    Nov 21, 2017

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

    I loved this! It's well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down! There are some laugh out loud moments and times you wish you could reach in and give Mei a hug or a high five. (Not that she would like that.) Mei is a Taiwanese-American seventeen year old who is starting her fre...

    Omg this was so good! Going to be rereading this when it comes out. ...

    this was absolutely one book that SHOCKED me with how amazing it was. here i was thinking it was gonna be a cute, little contemporary, that includes some Taiwanese rep but NO NONONONON THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE the way the author explores and delves into the culture and traditions a...

    this is the first book that made me feel like my asian-american-ness is seen. forever grateful. full review to come. ...

    Dearest Reader, I wrote American Panda because it was the book I needed in high school and the book I needed when I decided to put my dental career aside to try writing, which I had no experience in. This is also a book I would have needed in high school or during my three years of...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... 17-year-old Mei should be in high school, but skipping a grade was all part of her parent's plan for her to go to MIT become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, and produce a litter of babies. When she reconnects...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest ? I read this for the Yule Bingo Challenge, for the category of Cedric: friendship goals. For more info on this challenge, click here. ? This is ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET from a Taiwanese perspecti...

    There's something magical about reading a book and feeling so seen. Multiple elements of this story were things I've never seen another book tackle when it comes to growing up Asian. But this is a book anyone can relate to - it's all about the struggle of wanting to be who you are whil...

    First of all, how cute is this cover!! Secondly, I am not Asian so I have no idea how accurate the depiction of Chinese culture is in this book. But it was very interesting to read about and I'm happy that I read this, if only to learn more about the culture and struggles of Taiwane...

    Very, very cute and quite funny too! ...

    I wish the author made an attempt to think bigger and be more creative. A lot of the plot is too familiar and predictable (it's mostly the Asian-tiger-parents-pushing-for-med-school scenario) and the romance, while sweet, is kind of bland and not memorable. Overall it gave me a feeling...

    This Kiwi-Panda has mixed feelings about American Panda. On one hand: - I didn't find myself in this book, though many others did and I'm thankful for that. Nonetheless, I appreciated American Panda's narrative, its honesty and its vulnerability. - There were some truly tender mo...

    LOVE THIS SO MUCH! ??????? (?????) 1. IT'S SO, SO RELATABLE. I'm Chinese, and I could really relate to some of the family stuff Mei had to deal with. My parents are not as traditional as Mei's, BUT - I'M REALLY FAMILIAR WITH A LOT OF STUFF IN THIS BOOK A...

    it's rare to find a book where I can read along and be like "it me" and yell because the references are so familiar and this is one of them. *cries in ownvoices* the cover image makes the story seem a bit lighter than you might expect since it gets really heavy at some points with the...

    This was so funny and better than good, although expectations of some people annoyed me. Motto to this book: Always remember to chase happiness and don't give up on your dreams. American Panda turned out to be an awesome contemporary YA book. It was far better than I thou...

    this had me laughing, crying, and craving dumplings more than i already do. official blurb to come soon, but for now? you totally need to add this to your pre-order lists. one of my favorite reads of the year. ...

    It bothers me that when you hear ?POC? or ?diversity? it almost always means half-American and half-whatever-culture-they-represent. Not that it is this book?s fault or anything, but where are those books featuring Indian, Chinese, Japanese, African, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Au...

    I really appreciate the way that AMERICAN PANDA was a book that featured a ton of things I love (cute romance, college anecdotes, self-growth and discovery) AND centered around a Taiwanese-American character. While not quite the same as my own experiences as Filipino-American, there we...

    I try not to read books too far in advance because it means everyone else will have to wait before they too can experience the joy I?m feeling. Gloria Chao?s American Panda is about a Taiwanese-American girl named Mei who gets into college early (MIT) and has to straddle two cultur...

  • Romie
    Mar 10, 2018

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

    I loved this! It's well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down! There are some laugh out loud moments and times you wish you could reach in and give Mei a hug or a high five. (Not that she would like that.) Mei is a Taiwanese-American seventeen year old who is starting her fre...

    Omg this was so good! Going to be rereading this when it comes out. ...

    this was absolutely one book that SHOCKED me with how amazing it was. here i was thinking it was gonna be a cute, little contemporary, that includes some Taiwanese rep but NO NONONONON THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE the way the author explores and delves into the culture and traditions a...

    this is the first book that made me feel like my asian-american-ness is seen. forever grateful. full review to come. ...

    Dearest Reader, I wrote American Panda because it was the book I needed in high school and the book I needed when I decided to put my dental career aside to try writing, which I had no experience in. This is also a book I would have needed in high school or during my three years of...

  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)
    Jun 12, 2017

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

    I loved this! It's well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down! There are some laugh out loud moments and times you wish you could reach in and give Mei a hug or a high five. (Not that she would like that.) Mei is a Taiwanese-American seventeen year old who is starting her fre...

    Omg this was so good! Going to be rereading this when it comes out. ...

    this was absolutely one book that SHOCKED me with how amazing it was. here i was thinking it was gonna be a cute, little contemporary, that includes some Taiwanese rep but NO NONONONON THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE the way the author explores and delves into the culture and traditions a...

    this is the first book that made me feel like my asian-american-ness is seen. forever grateful. full review to come. ...

    Dearest Reader, I wrote American Panda because it was the book I needed in high school and the book I needed when I decided to put my dental career aside to try writing, which I had no experience in. This is also a book I would have needed in high school or during my three years of...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... 17-year-old Mei should be in high school, but skipping a grade was all part of her parent's plan for her to go to MIT become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, and produce a litter of babies. When she reconnects...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest ? I read this for the Yule Bingo Challenge, for the category of Cedric: friendship goals. For more info on this challenge, click here. ? This is ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET from a Taiwanese perspecti...

    There's something magical about reading a book and feeling so seen. Multiple elements of this story were things I've never seen another book tackle when it comes to growing up Asian. But this is a book anyone can relate to - it's all about the struggle of wanting to be who you are whil...

    First of all, how cute is this cover!! Secondly, I am not Asian so I have no idea how accurate the depiction of Chinese culture is in this book. But it was very interesting to read about and I'm happy that I read this, if only to learn more about the culture and struggles of Taiwane...

    Very, very cute and quite funny too! ...

  • Acqua
    Dec 04, 2017

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

    I loved this! It's well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down! There are some laugh out loud moments and times you wish you could reach in and give Mei a hug or a high five. (Not that she would like that.) Mei is a Taiwanese-American seventeen year old who is starting her fre...

    Omg this was so good! Going to be rereading this when it comes out. ...

    this was absolutely one book that SHOCKED me with how amazing it was. here i was thinking it was gonna be a cute, little contemporary, that includes some Taiwanese rep but NO NONONONON THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE the way the author explores and delves into the culture and traditions a...

    this is the first book that made me feel like my asian-american-ness is seen. forever grateful. full review to come. ...

    Dearest Reader, I wrote American Panda because it was the book I needed in high school and the book I needed when I decided to put my dental career aside to try writing, which I had no experience in. This is also a book I would have needed in high school or during my three years of...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... 17-year-old Mei should be in high school, but skipping a grade was all part of her parent's plan for her to go to MIT become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, and produce a litter of babies. When she reconnects...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest ? I read this for the Yule Bingo Challenge, for the category of Cedric: friendship goals. For more info on this challenge, click here. ? This is ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET from a Taiwanese perspecti...

    There's something magical about reading a book and feeling so seen. Multiple elements of this story were things I've never seen another book tackle when it comes to growing up Asian. But this is a book anyone can relate to - it's all about the struggle of wanting to be who you are whil...

    First of all, how cute is this cover!! Secondly, I am not Asian so I have no idea how accurate the depiction of Chinese culture is in this book. But it was very interesting to read about and I'm happy that I read this, if only to learn more about the culture and struggles of Taiwane...

    Very, very cute and quite funny too! ...

    I wish the author made an attempt to think bigger and be more creative. A lot of the plot is too familiar and predictable (it's mostly the Asian-tiger-parents-pushing-for-med-school scenario) and the romance, while sweet, is kind of bland and not memorable. Overall it gave me a feeling...

    This Kiwi-Panda has mixed feelings about American Panda. On one hand: - I didn't find myself in this book, though many others did and I'm thankful for that. Nonetheless, I appreciated American Panda's narrative, its honesty and its vulnerability. - There were some truly tender mo...

    LOVE THIS SO MUCH! ??????? (?????) 1. IT'S SO, SO RELATABLE. I'm Chinese, and I could really relate to some of the family stuff Mei had to deal with. My parents are not as traditional as Mei's, BUT - I'M REALLY FAMILIAR WITH A LOT OF STUFF IN THIS BOOK A...

    it's rare to find a book where I can read along and be like "it me" and yell because the references are so familiar and this is one of them. *cries in ownvoices* the cover image makes the story seem a bit lighter than you might expect since it gets really heavy at some points with the...

    This was so funny and better than good, although expectations of some people annoyed me. Motto to this book: Always remember to chase happiness and don't give up on your dreams. American Panda turned out to be an awesome contemporary YA book. It was far better than I thou...

    this had me laughing, crying, and craving dumplings more than i already do. official blurb to come soon, but for now? you totally need to add this to your pre-order lists. one of my favorite reads of the year. ...

    It bothers me that when you hear ?POC? or ?diversity? it almost always means half-American and half-whatever-culture-they-represent. Not that it is this book?s fault or anything, but where are those books featuring Indian, Chinese, Japanese, African, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Au...

    I really appreciate the way that AMERICAN PANDA was a book that featured a ton of things I love (cute romance, college anecdotes, self-growth and discovery) AND centered around a Taiwanese-American character. While not quite the same as my own experiences as Filipino-American, there we...

    I try not to read books too far in advance because it means everyone else will have to wait before they too can experience the joy I?m feeling. Gloria Chao?s American Panda is about a Taiwanese-American girl named Mei who gets into college early (MIT) and has to straddle two cultur...

    Just. So. Good. Keep an eye out for this in Feb 2018. Full review to come. UPDATE: First published at The Shrinkette. Thanks so much to Netgalley and Simon Pulse for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Plot: Seventeen-year old Mei is a freshman at MIT, tha...

    3.5* This was a cute read about a Taiwanese girl breaking away from her family?s wishes and traditions to live her own life at MIT. I actually breezed right through this book because it had a lot of funny moments and Mei was such a likeable character. It was uplifting when Mei and...

    DDR, dumplings, the struggles of dealing with traditional Asian parents and their expectations of perfectly mannered children - I'm pretty sure this is the book of my heart. American Panda is surprisingly refreshing because it actually gets the pressure and all consuming hold that trad...

    Omg another Asian model on the cover... this is just so brilliant to see! ...

    4.5 stars. American Panda is one of the best YA contemporaries I've ever read. It was as compulsively readable as it was multifaceted: it's a coming-of-age story, it's about coming to terms with your heritage, about the way traditions can change with immigration and time, about int...

  • may ❀
    Jul 09, 2018

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

    I loved this! It's well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down! There are some laugh out loud moments and times you wish you could reach in and give Mei a hug or a high five. (Not that she would like that.) Mei is a Taiwanese-American seventeen year old who is starting her fre...

    Omg this was so good! Going to be rereading this when it comes out. ...

    this was absolutely one book that SHOCKED me with how amazing it was. here i was thinking it was gonna be a cute, little contemporary, that includes some Taiwanese rep but NO NONONONON THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE the way the author explores and delves into the culture and traditions a...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Dec 02, 2017

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

  • Fuzaila
    Jun 24, 2018

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

    I loved this! It's well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down! There are some laugh out loud moments and times you wish you could reach in and give Mei a hug or a high five. (Not that she would like that.) Mei is a Taiwanese-American seventeen year old who is starting her fre...

    Omg this was so good! Going to be rereading this when it comes out. ...

    this was absolutely one book that SHOCKED me with how amazing it was. here i was thinking it was gonna be a cute, little contemporary, that includes some Taiwanese rep but NO NONONONON THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE the way the author explores and delves into the culture and traditions a...

    this is the first book that made me feel like my asian-american-ness is seen. forever grateful. full review to come. ...

    Dearest Reader, I wrote American Panda because it was the book I needed in high school and the book I needed when I decided to put my dental career aside to try writing, which I had no experience in. This is also a book I would have needed in high school or during my three years of...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... 17-year-old Mei should be in high school, but skipping a grade was all part of her parent's plan for her to go to MIT become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, and produce a litter of babies. When she reconnects...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest ? I read this for the Yule Bingo Challenge, for the category of Cedric: friendship goals. For more info on this challenge, click here. ? This is ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET from a Taiwanese perspecti...

    There's something magical about reading a book and feeling so seen. Multiple elements of this story were things I've never seen another book tackle when it comes to growing up Asian. But this is a book anyone can relate to - it's all about the struggle of wanting to be who you are whil...

    First of all, how cute is this cover!! Secondly, I am not Asian so I have no idea how accurate the depiction of Chinese culture is in this book. But it was very interesting to read about and I'm happy that I read this, if only to learn more about the culture and struggles of Taiwane...

    Very, very cute and quite funny too! ...

    I wish the author made an attempt to think bigger and be more creative. A lot of the plot is too familiar and predictable (it's mostly the Asian-tiger-parents-pushing-for-med-school scenario) and the romance, while sweet, is kind of bland and not memorable. Overall it gave me a feeling...

    This Kiwi-Panda has mixed feelings about American Panda. On one hand: - I didn't find myself in this book, though many others did and I'm thankful for that. Nonetheless, I appreciated American Panda's narrative, its honesty and its vulnerability. - There were some truly tender mo...

    LOVE THIS SO MUCH! ??????? (?????) 1. IT'S SO, SO RELATABLE. I'm Chinese, and I could really relate to some of the family stuff Mei had to deal with. My parents are not as traditional as Mei's, BUT - I'M REALLY FAMILIAR WITH A LOT OF STUFF IN THIS BOOK A...

    it's rare to find a book where I can read along and be like "it me" and yell because the references are so familiar and this is one of them. *cries in ownvoices* the cover image makes the story seem a bit lighter than you might expect since it gets really heavy at some points with the...

    This was so funny and better than good, although expectations of some people annoyed me. Motto to this book: Always remember to chase happiness and don't give up on your dreams. American Panda turned out to be an awesome contemporary YA book. It was far better than I thou...

    this had me laughing, crying, and craving dumplings more than i already do. official blurb to come soon, but for now? you totally need to add this to your pre-order lists. one of my favorite reads of the year. ...

    It bothers me that when you hear ?POC? or ?diversity? it almost always means half-American and half-whatever-culture-they-represent. Not that it is this book?s fault or anything, but where are those books featuring Indian, Chinese, Japanese, African, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Au...

  • Mel Anie
    Feb 16, 2018

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

    I loved this! It's well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down! There are some laugh out loud moments and times you wish you could reach in and give Mei a hug or a high five. (Not that she would like that.) Mei is a Taiwanese-American seventeen year old who is starting her fre...

    Omg this was so good! Going to be rereading this when it comes out. ...

    this was absolutely one book that SHOCKED me with how amazing it was. here i was thinking it was gonna be a cute, little contemporary, that includes some Taiwanese rep but NO NONONONON THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH MORE the way the author explores and delves into the culture and traditions a...

    this is the first book that made me feel like my asian-american-ness is seen. forever grateful. full review to come. ...

    Dearest Reader, I wrote American Panda because it was the book I needed in high school and the book I needed when I decided to put my dental career aside to try writing, which I had no experience in. This is also a book I would have needed in high school or during my three years of...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... 17-year-old Mei should be in high school, but skipping a grade was all part of her parent's plan for her to go to MIT become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, and produce a litter of babies. When she reconnects...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest ? I read this for the Yule Bingo Challenge, for the category of Cedric: friendship goals. For more info on this challenge, click here. ? This is ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET from a Taiwanese perspecti...

    There's something magical about reading a book and feeling so seen. Multiple elements of this story were things I've never seen another book tackle when it comes to growing up Asian. But this is a book anyone can relate to - it's all about the struggle of wanting to be who you are whil...

    First of all, how cute is this cover!! Secondly, I am not Asian so I have no idea how accurate the depiction of Chinese culture is in this book. But it was very interesting to read about and I'm happy that I read this, if only to learn more about the culture and struggles of Taiwane...

    Very, very cute and quite funny too! ...

    I wish the author made an attempt to think bigger and be more creative. A lot of the plot is too familiar and predictable (it's mostly the Asian-tiger-parents-pushing-for-med-school scenario) and the romance, while sweet, is kind of bland and not memorable. Overall it gave me a feeling...

    This Kiwi-Panda has mixed feelings about American Panda. On one hand: - I didn't find myself in this book, though many others did and I'm thankful for that. Nonetheless, I appreciated American Panda's narrative, its honesty and its vulnerability. - There were some truly tender mo...

    LOVE THIS SO MUCH! ??????? (?????) 1. IT'S SO, SO RELATABLE. I'm Chinese, and I could really relate to some of the family stuff Mei had to deal with. My parents are not as traditional as Mei's, BUT - I'M REALLY FAMILIAR WITH A LOT OF STUFF IN THIS BOOK A...

    it's rare to find a book where I can read along and be like "it me" and yell because the references are so familiar and this is one of them. *cries in ownvoices* the cover image makes the story seem a bit lighter than you might expect since it gets really heavy at some points with the...

    This was so funny and better than good, although expectations of some people annoyed me. Motto to this book: Always remember to chase happiness and don't give up on your dreams. American Panda turned out to be an awesome contemporary YA book. It was far better than I thou...

  • Amy Leigh
    Feb 12, 2018

    This should have been a winner. Mei, the main character, is Taiwanese-American. She is a college student. I could probably count on one hand the number of YA novels with college settings that are published every year. The culture is great. Every chapter introduces the reader to a ne...

    releasing Feb 6th! And a boost to a five, because I can't look at myself anymore for giving this a four. ?You don?t even know what Ying-Na is doing. Everything you hear is a rumor. For all you know, she could be a neurosurgeon married to a billionare tech god.? Or maybe she?...

    Rating: 4.5 stars I listened to this on audio and would certainly recommend! I really enjoyed the narrator, and adored the story and our characters. ...

    3/5 A cute, adorable diverse read!!! Will feature it very soon in a mashup review!! ...

    Things that were absolutely full-on remarkable/fantastic/excellent/next-level/choose-your-own-positive-adjective about this book: - the representation - the character development - the family relationships This book is some of the best cultural representation I've ever. Read. In....

    I loved this so much I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was equal parts funny and earnest, heartwarming and heartbreaking and it was so good! I laughed so hard while reading this book. And no, I don?t mean awkward little smiles and little huffs of air. No. I actually lau...

    I loved this! It's well-written and engaging. I couldn't put it down! There are some laugh out loud moments and times you wish you could reach in and give Mei a hug or a high five. (Not that she would like that.) Mei is a Taiwanese-American seventeen year old who is starting her fre...