Miss Fortune Cookie
By: Lauren Bjorkmamn
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Miss Fortune Cookie presents readers with a story of three charming young women transitioning from high school students, unquestioningly obedient daughters, and best friends; to free thinking young adults, ready to challenge expectations and follow their own diverging paths.
The thing that makes this story stand out is the fact that the narrator Erin, presents her world to readers from the point of view of an outsider looking in. She is Caucasian, and though she was born in China and now lives in San Francisco's Chinatown with her mother, she never quite feels as though she belongs.
Add to this, the fact that her two best friends are Chinese and as such are subject to the demands for success and traditional beliefs and attitudes of there families, coupled with the fact that all three girls are students at a very competitive school and all vying for places at prestigious colleges and this story screams "great read".
The further that you go into this book, the more that it becomes apparent that there is some serious role reversal going on. While Erin tries her best to embrace the Asian culture, her friends who are indeed Asian, do their best to go against the grain.
The bright and unpretentious writing style and effervescent humor found within these pages is very relateable for both younger and older audiences. Watching these characters deal with issues such as personal desires vs. family expectation, friendship, love, choices and their consequences is bound to strike a chord in the hearts and minds of all readers.
- Reading level: Ages 14 and up
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (November 13, 2012)
- Meet Erin. Smart student, great daughter, better friend. Secretly the mastermind behind the popular advice blog Miss Fortune Cookie. Totally unaware that her carefully constructed life is about to get crazy.
It all begins when her ex-best friend sends a letter to her blog—and then acts on her advice. Erin’s efforts to undo the mess will plunge her into adventure, minor felonies, and possibly her very first romance.
What’s a likely fortune for someone no longer completely in control of her fate? Hopefully nothing like: You will become a crispy noodle in the salad of life.
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