American Panda

by Gloria Chao

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  • Item #236 in BookBeat BookBeat
    • Grades: 7 - 12
    • Ages: 12 - and up
    • Format: Paperback Book
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Short Summary
Already an Ivy League freshman at 17, Mei is on track to realize all of her immigrant parents’ dreams—until she falls in love and begins to make her own choices in life.

Good For:
Laugh-Out-Loud Contemporary Novel, Hilarious Heartfelt Tale About How Life Isn’t Always Black and White, Talking About Parental Expectations

Topics and Themes:
Taiwanese American Life, MIT, Parents and Children, Falling in Love
This title contains mature language and references to sex and is only recommended for older readers.

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At 17, 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 fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth—that she hates germs, falls asleep in biology lectures, and has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?
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Product Details

    • Grades: 7 - 12
    • Ages: 12 - and up
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" x 1 1/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-481-49911-8