I’m wholeheartedly thankful to Hear Our Voices Tours for including me in the blog tour for this wonderful book!
I received a digital ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions given here are my own, and not influenced in any way.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets The Farewell in this incisive romantic comedy about a college student who hires a fake boyfriend to appease her traditional Taiwanese parents, to disastrous results, from the acclaimed author of American Panda.
Being a South-Asian, I understand parental and societal pressure. No aspect of an Asian Kid’s life is ever entirely their own, however old they may be. There’s always a parent/relative/neighborhood aunty ready to poke their nose into your life and choices. Chloe “Jing” Wang belongs to such a close-knit Taiwanese American community, Sadly, it’s also the source of her biggest headache as her parents are forcing her to accept a proposal from the Community’s resident rich guy (and colossal jerk) Hongbo.
As a solution, the sophomore at UChicago hires Drew from Rent for your ‘Rents in an attempt to make her parents believe she’s in a serious relationship. Things however take a turn, when she starts falling for the real Drew, a complete anti-thesis of his on paper personality! While the fake-Drew is a pre-med student and the perfect Taiwanese boy, the real one is an aspiring artist who dropped out of college to follow his passion
Based on a real-life practice of hiring fake boyfriends to impress the parents on Lunar New Year, Rent a boyfriend is a perfect mix of humor, drama, and romance! I found myself falling in love with the description of Drew’s paintings, sympathizing with Drew and Chloe as they dealt with filial problems, laughing and swooning as they interacted and of course, salivating at all the Asian food!
I’d read Gloria Chao’s American Panda in January this year, and I loved how real she managed to make her characters. Rent a Boyfriend reaffirmed this, and I can firmly say I’m a fan now. Her books make you feel as if you’re reading about yourself or a friend, and by the end make you feel warm, cosy and happy!
I was also asked to do a fan-cast for the book. I’ve tried to be as true to the characters’ ethinicity as possible, hope you guys like it. Chloe: Ouyang Nana
Drew: Darren Chen
Mrs. Wang: Alyssa Chia
Mr. Wang: Winston Chao
Hongbo: Dylan Wang
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