Crazy Rich Asians, both the book and the film, can be very empowering to Asians abroad; I know that. However, I grew up in Korea. I saw all-Asian cast film and read books all Asian characters all the time. So that factor doesn’t apply to me. I think that’s the reason the film flopped in most of Asia. I didn’t watch it yet myself. Nonetheless, Crazy Rich Asians and its sequels were entertaining reads. When I first read the first book, Crazy Rich Asians, I loved the characters, their juicy dark secrets and all. It more or less followed Rachel’s adventure in a world new to her and it was exciting. I ate it up. I read the second book, China Rich Girlfriend, quite some time after that, and maybe it’s me that changed, but I found it to be lackluster. I did like that the chapters took various formats like diaries, e-mails, and traditional novel style. But the first 25% or so of the book is just older ladies like Eleanor Young complaining. The new characters introduced weren’t as likable. Astrid, who used to be my favorite, became a complete pushover and her husband a borderline psychopathic jerk. And there…
Warning: this post may contain massive spoiler. Pay close attention and you might solve this.On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them. Penguin Random House I quite enjoyed One of Us Is Lying. Things kept unfolding and unfolding. However, the ending was disappointing. I suspected a suicide stunt all along, but I didn’t want to be right because I expected it. When Jake’s involvement was revealed, I physically squealed because I didn’t…
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan I intend to finish the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. I liked the first one but didn’t like the second one. I’m curious as to how the third one would be. I’m definitely reading it this weekend. Lost in Math by Sabine Hossenfelder As a physics major who thinks math is beautiful, the subtitle “How beauty leads physics astray” was enough for me to be intrigued. I am very excited that my city’s library had it. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak Since I loved The Book Thief, I thought I’d try another one of Zusak’s book. I hope this one is as good! The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran This is a very famous book and it was recommended and gifted to me by a very experienced person so I decided to read it now. White Tiger This was at a used book store for less than a dollar! Knowing how praised it is, I picked it up instantly. I am dying to find out for myself why it’s so praise-worthy.
I hardly ever re-read anything, but I’ve been feeling that I should. A lot of former favourites are fading from my memory. Also, growing up, I read a lot of originally English books in Korean, and I want to read the original. So I decided to re-read the following books.
1. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill.Harper Collins
But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral…for all the wrong reasons.
Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn’t just want to make it—she hasto. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.
Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free.