The Epic Crush of Genie Lo #1
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Published by Amulet Books on August 8th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology
She annihilates standardized tests and the bad guys.
Genie Lo is one among droves of Ivy-hopeful overachievers in her sleepy Bay Area suburb. You know, the type who wins. When she’s not crushing it at volleyball or hitting the books, Genie is typically working on how to crack the elusive Harvard entry code.
But when her hometown comes under siege from hellspawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are dramatically rearranged. Enter Quentin Sun, a mysterious new kid in class who becomes Genie’s self-appointed guide to battling demons. While Genie knows Quentin only as an attractive transfer student with an oddly formal command of the English language, in another reality he is Sun Wukong, the mythological Monkey King incarnate—right down to the furry tale and penchant for peaches.
Suddenly, acing the SATs is the least of Genie’s worries. The fates of her friends, family, and the entire Bay Area all depend on her summoning an inner power that Quentin assures her is strong enough to level the very gates of Heaven. But every second Genie spends tapping into the secret of her true nature is a second in which the lives of her loved ones hang in the balance.
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The Epic Crush of Genie Lo comes out next week! I repeat, NEXT WEEK! F. C. Yee’s debut novel might be my favorite book of this year, taking a spot right next to I Believe In a Thing Called Love and When Dimple Met Rishi.
Here’s why you, as a fabulous bookworm, need to check out Yee’s debut novel when it hits shelves next week (and if you can’t afford it, request away at the library!):
Chinese Mythology – As someone who is Chinese, I am ALWAYS on the lookout for Chinese representation in the books I read. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo focuses on a particular story, but those who are unfamiliar with Chinese Mythology will find the explanations included not overbearing.
Hilarious – Genie Lo is hilarious, and I swear 80% of my reading notes contain laughing emojis. There is never a dull moment in this book – every scene has a line that will have you laughing out loud, or trying hard not to laugh in public (I get embarrassed).
Breaking Stereotypes – I am SO glad there is a book out there breaking stereotypes. Genie Lo is tall and angry, something not typically associated with Asians. We’re not all small and docile – we have claws, too!
Just A Little Bit of Romance – I am not a romantic person, but I loved the developing relationship between Genie and transfer student Quentin. It’s not taking over the overall plot and action, and their interactions are entertaining to read as well.
Relatable – I’m not saying Genie Lo is relatable because she’s Chinese like me. She’s relatable to all of us – the ones who have gone through or will go through the struggles of junior/senior year of college: choosing the right college, writing the best essay possible, striving for good grades and scores, etc. There aren’t many books in the YA category that deals with characters fighting demons while they’re stressing over schoolwork and everything else at the same time.
With action and fantasy set in the modern world and comedic lines, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo deserves all the hype it has been getting the book community and so much more.