Waylaid

4 out of 5

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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.

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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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