4 out of 5


Author: Ed Lin
This is really close for being the 21st century’s version of The Catcher in the Rye. Sets in 1980s Jersey Shore, the main character, a teenage Chinese-American boy, struggles with his raging hormones and his family. His father, a Taiwanese engineer who migrated to the US, decided to quit 9 to 5 and opened a motel. The motel is sleazy and mostly during the summer is full of drunken youths from neighbouring states, while on winter it becomes haven for lonely old men.

Growing up in a Chinese household where the main character feels very un-Chinese and at the same time must manage a motel is quite a handful for a tween. Somehow between the crazy schedule, nagging parents, and messed-up guess, our hero has to find time to get laid. Definitely one of the best coming of age story out there.


About landakungu (Dane Anwar)

Landakungu is the blog of Dane Anwar, a native Jakartan. She loves to travel, read comics, novels, and watch films. After spending 5 years living in Taiwan and 4 months in China, she is finally back in Indonesia, which is going to be her new base for more travels and other interestng things.
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