American Panda
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Annotation: A freshman at MIT, Mei tries to live up to her Taiwanese parents' expectations, but she can't hide several truths: she is a germaphobe who cannot become a doctor; she prefers dancing to biology; and she is dating a Japanese boy.
Catalog Number: #159971
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 310 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-481-49910-6 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-1040-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-481-49910-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-1040-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017014314
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
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Word Count: 70,006
Reading Level: 5.6
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.6 / points: 11.0 / quiz: 195159 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.7 / points:17.0 / quiz:Q72791
Guided Reading Level: R
American Panda
Voicemail from my mother

Remember Amberly Ahn? She had eyelid surgery and it turned out great. We should think about doing that for you. Maybe we can tattoo your makeup on at the same time. Remember, there are no ugly women, only lazy women. Repeat that three times every morning.

And don't forget, "měi" means "beautiful" in Chinese. Live up to the name I chose for you.

Oh, and it's your mǔqīn.

“Weepingly funny.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Delightful.” —Buzzfeed
“Charmed my socks off.” —David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite and Mosquitoland

Four starred reviews for this incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and crush on a Japanese classmate.

At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth—that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?

From debut author Gloria Chao comes a hilarious, heartfelt tale of how unlike the panda, life isn’t always so black and white.


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