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.