"Picture me madly in love with this moving, tender, unapologetically honest book." —Becky Albertalli, William C. Morris Award winning author of Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Danny Cheng has always known his parents have secrets. But when he discovers a taped-up box in his father's closet filled with old letters and a file on a powerful Silicon Valley family, he realizes there's much more to his family's past than he ever imagined. Danny has been an artist for as long as he can remember and it seems his path is set, with a scholarship to RISD and his family's blessing to pursue the career he's always dreamed of. Still, contemplating a future without his best friend, Harry Wong, by his side makes Danny feel a panic he can barely put into words. Harry and Danny's lives are deeply intertwined and as they approach the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that shook their friend group to its core, Danny can't stop asking himself if Harry is truly in love with his girlfriend, Regina Chan. When Danny digs deeper into his parents' past, he uncovers a secret that disturbs the foundations of his family history and the carefully constructed façade his parents have maintained begins to crumble. With everything he loves in danger of being stripped away, Danny must face the ghosts of the past in order to build a future that belongs to him.
April 10, 2018  |  368 pages
(Read from Feb 28, 2019 to Mar 1, 2019)
Grade: C    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 50% Literature, 50% Entertainment
Tags:
Writing Quality:
Low High
Originality:
Low High

Addictiveness:
Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Re-readability:
Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
Comment:
A hard book to judge, as Gilbert hits on some poignant messages and sets up plenty of intrigue only to return to sloppy storytelling in chapter after chapter. Kudos to her for not building the entire plot around the young protagonist's sexuality, but given it's a first-person perspective, the book could stand to be a little more direct. The parental figures begin as background actors but quickly become the key drivers. Their mystery is odd, not very plausible, and serves mainly as distraction.  (+3 votes)