Thursday, February 28, 2013

Book Review: Miss Fortune Cookie, by Lauren Bjorkman, @laurenbjorkman

Once in a while you just need a cute, feel good  book about friendship with a helping of romance.and Miss Fortune Cookie really satisfied my craving.

Erin lives in Chinatown, was born in China, and her best friends are Chinese, so she's very familiar with Chinese culture. She wishes she was really Chinese. She's also a senior in high school and she and her friends are waiting to hear about acceptance to college.

Mei and Erin were best friends until 8th grade, when Mei abandoned Erin. Only recently have they become friends again, because of their mutual friend, Linny.

Here are the issues in Miss Fortune Cookie:

Mei is hiding a boyfriend from her mother. Her mother is determined that Mei is going to Harvard (the #1 school.) Mei would rather not go to school away from her boyfriend. This conflict causes some drastic behavior from Mei.

Erin has a secret advice column, "Miss Fortune Cookie." (Her fortunes are some of the most entertaining parts of the book.)

Linny and Erin are going to Berkeley together -- or are they?

Erin develops a "love interest."

Erin and Mei try to rekindle some of their lost friendship.

Linny is deciding whether to have sex before she goes to college, even though she's not sure she is in love with her current boyfriend.

A little boy named Lincoln steals the show.

The Westboro Baptist Church is going to picket Lowell High School (the girl's school) and Linny is spearheading the demonstration against them. (This is the actually TRUE part of Miss Fortune Cookie!)

I enjoyed the Chinese culture, and especially all the discussion of Chinese food (made me hungry!) This is a great story of friendship and family with enough quirks to keep it interesting. The romance is heartwarming too. Middle school students could enjoy this one, even though the characters are older. I'll happily recommend Miss Fortune Cookie to my contemporary fans.

Published by Henry Holt & Co., November 13, 2012
Book won from Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf and the author (signed and personalized!)
288 pages

Rating: 4/5

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  1. Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it--Confucius

    Thanks for the lovely review. I'm glad you enjoyed the book.

  2. I've had this one on my radar for a LONGGG time, so I really want to actually read it at some point. I'm a big contemp fan, and this sounds cute.

  3. This sounds like a cute book! I love a good heartwarming romance, and hooray for a SF school getting suport from the MC (I had no idea this school got picketed, but sadly, I will never be surprised by anything Westboro does). Great review!

  4. So glad to hear you enjoyed the book, Annette! I hate to admit it, but this one is still sitting in my TBR pile, waiting to be read. However, you've pushed be towards reading it sooner than later. :)

  5. I won the international giveaway from =) You have a nice review! Here's mine if you don't mind:

    Thanks and have a nice day! :)


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