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The Wangs Vs. the World
The Wangs Vs. the World | Jade Chang
A hilarious debut novel about a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that had it all, only to lose every last cent and about the road trip they take across America that binds them back together Charles Wang is mad at America. A brash, lovable immigrant businessman who built a cosmetics empire and made a fortune, he s just been ruined by the financial crisis. Now all Charles wants is to get his kids safely stowed away so that he can go to China and attempt to reclaim his family sancestral lands and his pride.Charles pulls Andrew, his aspiring comedian son, and Grace, his style-obsessed daughter, out of schools he can no longer afford. Together with their stepmother, Barbra, they embark on a cross-country road trip from their foreclosed Bel-Air home to the upstate New York hideout of the eldest daughter, disgraced art world it-girl Saina. But with his son waylaid by a temptress in New Orleans, his wife ready to defect for a set of 1,000-thread-count sheets, and an epic smash-up in North Carolina, Charles may have to choose between the old world and the new, between keeping his family intact and finally fulfilling his dream of starting anew in China.Outrageously funny and full of charm, "The Wangs vs. the World" is an entirely fresh look at what it means to belong in America and how going from glorious riches to (still name-brand) rags brings one family together in a way money never could."
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ashsbookmarks
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Red & gold was my theme while looking for books at my thrift store today, I guess 🤷🏻‍♀️ been wanting The Wangs, but has anyone read House of Thieves?!? It sounded interesting 🤓
#bookstagrammer #bookobsessed #bookhoarder #bookstagram #bookaholic #morebooks #bookish #bookishlove #books #thriftstorebooks #thriftstorefinds #TheWangs #HouseofThieves

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msmckinney
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I‘m trying to intentionally read more books by authors of color! SUPER excited about this one. Do y‘all have any suggestions?

Texreader Have you read any of Octavia Butler‘s books? I loved soft sci-fi, historical fiction 4mo
msmckinney @Texreader I just finished Kindred and loved it!! I‘ll definitely be exploring more of her books! 4mo
Reggie Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni- anything by her, Ana Castillo- Sapagonia and Peel My Love Like an Onion, Julia Alvarez-In the Name of Salome, Dolan Perkins Valdez-Wench 4mo
msmckinney @Reggie Thank you!! 4mo
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Butterfinger
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@CareBear @phatsallylee @Chelleo thank you. I love being a part of the #jb group.

I may be wrong, but I think the show Fresh off the Boat is based on the book.

CareBear Oh, I love that show! 4mo
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CareBear
Bailedbailed

Maybe it‘s just where I am in life right now but after reading a page and a half of the teenage daughter discussing multiple ways to commit suicide, ultimately concluding that “OD‘ing on heroin or something would be the best way of all,” I‘m done. 💔

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msmckinney
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Traveling in San Francisco for the break and found the cutest used book store! So excited for these reads while I celebrate this FIVE day weekend 🙌🏾

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thebookmagpie
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@Oryx thank you soooo much! I had a suspicion you were my Santa but I am blown away with how good your choices were 💕merry Christmas to you and yours... and I hope you enjoy your #stuffedstockingswap 😉

Avanders ♥️🎄❄️💙🥰 7mo
Oryx You're welcome! I was excited to see The Enchanted on your tbr, as it's one I thought was fantastic. Hope you enjoy it. ♥️ 7mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Pickpick

Charles Wang became wealthy after moving to the US from China but has now lost everything in the Great Recession. We follow his travels across the country as he and his family grapple with their new circumstances. I feel this book would have benefited from some editing and I‘m frustrated by the ending, but Chang does a great job of showing realistic family dynamics and a non-white experience in the US.

#dogsofLitsy #Gunther

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KaraDunn
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Pickpick

This has been on my radar for awhile now - finally picked it up to read during a long flight. A funny and bittersweet novel about a family‘s fall from riches to rags in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crises.

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Gabuchi
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Evening read 💄 🕶 💄

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Joanne1
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This was a quirky, funny road trip across America story and I really enjoyed the experience. I loved the Wang's with all their fault and foibles. My only criticism was that it was a bit too slow moving in several spots, the story losing momentum or getting bogged down. Thankfully it picked up and a loved the ending.

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Joanne1
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Spending this cold and rainy day stocking up the freezer in preparation for starting full time work next week (with a 1 hour commute each way) and finishing off this book.

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Literary_Siren
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Bailedbailed

I just can‘t connect to the characters and I don‘t at all enjoy her writing style. #DNF

Rachbb3 I bailed on this one too for the same reason. 13mo
pgh.femme I bailed on this pretty quickly! 13mo
Ruthiella I read it to the end but think you‘re right to bail. It was ultimately just OK. 12mo
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CherryPie
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Bailedbailed

Dislike this short. Removing the Wangs from Mt. TBR.

Literary_Siren I bailed on the Wangs. I don‘t like her writing style at all! 13mo
CherryPie @Literary_Siren Same! 👍 13mo
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Joanne1
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And back to Melbourne on the train this time on a chilly Monday morning.
After s bit of a slow start I'm loving my time with the Wang's.

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Joanne1
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And on the way home again....

Drnkpnkprincess I love this cover.. the other one doesn‘t speak to me 13mo
Joanne1 @Drnkpnkprincess I agree. When I saw it on here I was not impressed at all. We often get different covers in Australia to the US. 13mo
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Joanne1
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Company while I'm on the train.

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Julsmarshall
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Pickpick

Really good! A bit of a slow start for me but when they got to New Orleans, it was hard to put down. Different, funny, and heartwarming, this family adventure story takes the reader through time and space in the most wonderful of ways! #botm #MountTBR

JamieArc Gorgeous dog! 13mo
Tamra That look is familiar! 😆 13mo
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Literary_Siren
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Another book in my #BoTMChallenge with a low rating. 😕🤷🏻‍♀️ Oh well, here we go! 🤦🏻‍♀️

TheFunkyBookworm Good luck! 🍀📚 13mo
Shadowfat I thought it was good but I had to push through some of the slower parts. 13mo
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teenangstlives What's the BOTM challenge? I am too old for hip hashtags lol 13mo
Literary_Siren @Shadowfat the first chapter almost had me placing it back on the shelf. 🙄 13mo
Literary_Siren @teenangstlives I just challenged myself to read all my Book of the Month Club books. I‘ve been a member for 2 years and haven‘t read a single book I picked. So for June and July I‘ll be reading nothing but those books, with possibly a few non-BoTM books thrown in as I can be very impatient sometimes. 13mo
teenangstlives @Literary_Siren Thank you!! I am really trying to make my TBR and Read list AT LEAST 50/50 this year! 13mo
RadicalReader @Literary_Siren what‘s your favorite video games to play and on what system? 13mo
Literary_Siren @RadicalReader Zelda on Nintendo. Uncharted, TombRaider on PlayStation. 13mo
kellyann28 @Literary_Siren Thanks for all the love, and so cool to see another reader/gamer/Mom like me! 😄 13mo
Literary_Siren @teenangstlives awesome!! 🤘🏻 13mo
Trashcanman 👁️👁️ 13mo
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TheLibrarian
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Great #ebookdeal for the Kindle on a previous #BOTM selection.

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Joanne1
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I've got one week between my last uni assignment and the start of my library placement. I'm dedicating the week to reading. How many of these do you think I can get through?

LeeRHarry All of them? 😊 13mo
CarolynM If you're anything like me you'll get distracted from what you planned to read and pick up 3 other books after the first one! Enjoy your week off, whatever you end up reading😀 13mo
Joanne1 @CarolynM that's very likely. 13mo
Lindy One per day... you‘re going to need more! 13mo
KateFulfordAuthor @Lindy is right! If you need another recommendation, may I point you to my People‘s Book Prize nominated debut? Sassy female narrative, laugh out dialogue and a pacy plot. Check the link in the bio for 2 free chapters, reviews and more. 13mo
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Julsmarshall
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Finally! Been on my TBR for.ev.er! Seems like a great summer read! #botm #MountTBR

SeeJulieRead I have this on my TBR too. 13mo
BibliOphelia Me too! 😳😁 13mo
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Apinlibraryland
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I did a “blind date with a book” at Book Culture! Fun!

BookBabe Nice! @MrBook and I love Book Culture! 14mo
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AmyG
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Holy cow! @CareBear Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful books (they look great), cat/book socks (I collect cat socks) and that awesome mug with Hilly sleeping on a book pile! I am thrilled to death. As for Hilly....treats are her favorite thing in the world which you can tell by her size. As for toys on a “string”...another favorite. Perhaps she will play a bit more and loose a few more ounces. 😳

You‘re the best! 😘

Dolly What a great pile of presents! I love the socks. 1y
AmyG @Dolly Thanks. The socks are so cute. 1y
Kaye Nice 👍🏼. What‘s the green thing in the front ? 1y
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AmyG It‘s a cat toy for my little butterball. @Kaye 1y
Kaye Oh. I thought it was some sort of spoon to stir your tea. I guess you could use it for both. 😁 1y
CareBear So glad you like them! 💜 1y
AmyG @carebear I love everything 😘 1y
AmyG And @carebear Hilly LOVED those treats. I‘m not sure she even chewed them. Just inhaled. 1y
CareBear LOL! Oh, that‘s awesome! I get them from Amazon...they have a few different flavors. 1y
AmyG @carebear Thanks. They look healthier than Party Mix. I‘ll probably get more of these. 1y
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Caterina
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@RealLifeReading inspired me to join in on May‘s Asian Lit Bingo! I‘ll be working on the top row, for which four #mountTBR kindle books apply. I want to use A Time to Dance for the remaining prompt, but I don‘t know if I can get my hands on it. I‘m excited for this push to get through some owned books and read more Asian lit! #asianlitbingo
Find out more at https://litcelebrasian.wordpress.com

RealLifeReading I‘m glad to hear that you‘re joining in!! 1y
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Jess7
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“The #WangsvstheWorld is an outrageously funny tale about a wealthy Chinese-American family that loses it all, then takes a healing, uproarious road trip across the United States... Their spectacular fall from riches to rags brings the Wangs together in a way money never could. It‘s an epic family saga and an entirely fresh look at what it means to belong in America...” #TBR. The #roadtrip part made me think of a #Vacation! #ReadingResolutions

Jess7 Speaking of vacation - my husband and I are trying to plan a five year anniversary trip to Europe (specifically a 9 day trip to #London, #Paris, and #Rome)in mid/late June 😊 — are there any Littens from any of these or who have been to these places and have any tips ❓❓#VacationPlanning #EuropeVacation #LitsyHelp #Europe #England #France #Italy 1y
britt_brooke @Jess7 We‘ve been to Paris and Rome. You‘re going to love them both!! If you have time while in Paris, take the train to Versailles. The palace is amazing! Also, definitely check out Père Lachaise Cemetery. It‘s breathtaking. Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison are buried there. When you go to the Louvre, head straight for Mona Lisa. It gets crowded. We want to go back one day. 1y
britt_brooke @Jess7 Rome is beautiful, too, but in a completely different way. The ruins are so amazing. 1y
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Jess7 Thank you! Such good things to know! I posted another thing about Europe - if you have any dos and don‘ts let me know there please! We are trying to decide whether to book the hop on/hop off tours or what.. I also see there are lots of different bus options. Not sure which is the best deal bc some include admission into places and some don‘t @britt_brooke 1y
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egg104
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spending my day off with a book !

Reviewsbylola I love this cover. 1y
egg104 @Reviewsbylola me too! the colors are so cute ! 1y
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BookNAround
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I took my book club book with me to the track meet but didn‘t manage to get any reading done. The kiddo got a PR and I knew lots of the other vaulters (not always the case) so I had to cheer them over the bar too.

Chrissyreadit Congrats!!!🎉🎈🎊 1y
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kricheal
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Pickpick

I actually really enjoyed the character study of this book. It wasn't what I was expecting it to be...it wasn't a funny road trip. It was a family dealing with the curveballs that life can unexpectedly throw you.

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kricheal
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Starting this next on #primereading
Has anyone read this?

swishandflick I have! Wasn't my cup of tea but I know a lot of people who liked it. 1y
gossamerchild I've read it. I liked it. Frustrating family 😁 1y
ReadingOver50 I read half and bailed. I didn‘t connect with any of the characters. 1y
Susanita They‘re all annoying, but I liked the book! 1y
BookNAround This is my next month‘s book club book. 1y
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whimsy
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WELL THERE'S THIS AT LEAST. Bless you, Times. (They also had a 20% Fiction sale in February and my sister and I got to enjoy it on the last day).

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Jbakesmcgee3
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Next up for one of my book clubs!

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ReadingOver50
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Bailedbailed

Sorry people but I am going to bail on this. I‘ve read over half but the characters are unlikeable and I have no empathy for any of them. Time to move on.

swishandflick I wish I'd bailed on this one - I felt the same way and it never got better 🤷🏽‍♀️ 1y
Jolynne I just recently took it off my tbr so I‘m glad to hear this. 1y
Aswenson This had few redeemable qualities for me. The ending was probably worse than the rest. Good choice! 1y
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Skyrimir I downloaded this for free on my kindle! I‘ll be returning it so I can get something else instead, 4 bad reviews in a row! 1y
Pamwurtzler Good to know. It‘s been on my TBR for a while but now I probably won‘t red it. 1y
Susanita They‘re all pretty annoying, but I liked it anyway. 1y
Crash I bailed on it as well. 1y
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Shadowfat
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Pickpick

This was every bit as good as people said it would be. I like how they all have issues and don't always get along, but they pull together when it counts.

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Susan
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kim.guernsey
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Mehso-so

2.5 stars... I imagined a slapstick kind of family roadtrip but got unlikable characters with little appeal for me...

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kim.guernsey
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OKAY!!! NOW it's time to read! Kid is in bed, pizza has been (half) eaten, tea is made, and coziness has been prepared. 1 hour and 35 minutes later, let the #EclecticReaders #11thHourReadathon commence (For me...)!!!

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kim.guernsey
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All my #eclecticreaders #11thhourreadathon hopes and dreams in one picture. (Pizza: prosciutto, goat cheese, spinach, caramelized onions, sun dried tomatoes, balsamic glaze!!!)

JenReadsAlot Yum!! 2y
Merethebookgal Yummy!! 2y
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idrinkandiknowthings
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Mehso-so

Feeling very "meh" after finishing this- I might have bailed if this wasn't going to be my last read of the year. I ended up liking a couple of characters enough towards the end to make it a so-so over a pan.

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mhillis
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I just finished The Wangs vs the World! This year‘s Goodreads Challenge is complete🎉🥂 #readingchallenge

Cinfhen Congrats 🎉🎉🎉 2y
julesG Congratulations! 2y
Ncostell Nice job! 🎉 2y
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sprainedbrain Yay!! 🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈 2y
SilversReviews Congrats!! 2y
PurpleyPumpkin Excellent! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 2y
batsy Congrats! 📚📚📚 2y
Bostonmomx2 Nice!! I don‘t think I‘m going to make mine. Oh well. 2y
BookMaven407 Way to go! 👏👏 2y
Jas16 👏 2y
Redwritinghood 👏👏👏👏 2y
bookloo 👏🏽🎉🎉 2y
SilversReviews Congrats!! 2y
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mhillis
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Update on Fall TBR Bingo:
🍂I‘ve almost finished The Wangs vs the World so I‘ve marked that square off.

🍂The Reason I Jump by Naoki Hogashida was my choice for the Free Space.

🍂All of these books were great, except for a dnf on The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

🍂Up next will be either Lady Cop Makes Trouble or The Watchmaker of Filagree Street.

#tbrbingo

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bookish_wookish
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I literally freak out when i see fairly new releases at Goodwill!! Its like stumbling across a designer bag at tagsale!!

AmyG Oh, I so agree. I once found 3 ARC‘s at a used book sale 2 days after the book was released. It IS like finding something incredible. (edited) 2y
bookish_wookish Ah yes the ARC‘s are a norm at the thriftstores! @AmyG Such a great find though! 2y
Tamra Yay!! 2y
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Ncostell
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I finally made my own bingo card after seeing so many others on Litsy. I think this will be a fun way to continue working my way through my towering TBR pile. I have a few Book of the Month picks, a couple from my Kindle and several that I've picked up from library book sales.

merelybookish I just made one a few weeks ago and have read four books already. It really does provide incentive. 2y
Ncostell @merelybookish That's good to hear. I need to make a dent in the books that I already have instead of getting more! 2y
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Panpan

I *finally* finished this. I feel like I‘ve been reading it forever, and would‘ve dropped it if it wasn‘t a book club book. I didn‘t think it was funny, more like sad desperation with a side of absurd. The writing is good, just didn‘t care for the story.

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Natasha.C.Barnes
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Pickpick

I'm not 100% sure how to translate this book to a visual medium, but I still totally think #thisshouldbeatvseries or at least a mini series. It's such a genius book--instantly catapulted into a small collection of favorites, for me. Plus, we need more Asian-Americans on television! #fallintobooks To be a show it would have to be very focused on slow dialogue and tension between people, or things unsaid I think--Mad Men style, as it were.

Natasha.C.Barnes I keep thinking about Mad Men because of the focus on style and because the characters in this book are kind of likeable but also really unlikeable and all very bad at communication 😆 but in an interesting way. 2y
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Funpolicelou
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Can't handle all the fun visiting @Alicia aaaand almost done with the wangs vs the world

Natasha.C.Barnes I adored that book--are you enjoying it? 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes Also that looks like an awesome trip you're on right now, probably goes really well with the book! 😍 2y
Funpolicelou I am really enjoying it! It's making me laugh more than I expected 2y
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Churchlady
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Swoon. I'm rooting for Saina and Leo and loving The Wangs vs. the World. So much so that I'm up reading at 2:45am.

shawnmooney This one is on my pile (thanks the luscious and big hearted @Cinfhen ) and I can't wait to read it! 2y
Cinfhen Woohoo 🎉🎉🎉I'm hoping the love affair between you & the book remain....we'll be fine 4Ever 2y
E-book You were up until 2:45?!?!? 2y
Churchlady @e-book no way. I would have slept at least 5 hours and just so happened to have woken up and couldn‘t get back to bed. 2y
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Churchlady
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In desperate need of a good book. Here's hoping this one does the trick!

tpixie Love your motto! I just scrolled through all of my followers and discovered you were the first person to follow me! 2y
Churchlady @tpixie no way! That's awesome!! Isn't Litsy the best?! 2y
tpixie @Churchlady yes! I love it 😍 2y
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Kat.Kao
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This is what back to school month looks like, sadly. On top of writing a new 40k word draft. September will be better!

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Booknerd26
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62 pages in... not sure about this book. Slow start. But must read for book club. 😏 Ugh please tell me it gets better!!!

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BeckaroniAndCheese
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I'm staying up all night to read this.🌙🌛💫