My Summer of Love and Misfortune
Written by Lindsay Wong
Published by Simon and Schuster

A book review by Jana (17)


Welcome, Jana! Can you tell us what this book is about?

This book is about a young Chinese-American woman, Iris Wong, who frankly sucks, but she is working on it. Her parents send her to China after they believe they exhausted all the possible things to discipline her. In China, she learns more about her culture, herself, and her family.

What do you like about this book?

It is an interesting storyline, things might not connect at first but slowly things get de-jumbled if you will. I like that this book is an opportunity for an Asian-American writer to write a character that could represent her.

What do you like about the main character? 

I like that the character is real. She is someone you could totally see walking the halls of your school or staring out the window in one of your classes. I enjoy how she reacts to problems and how that changes over the course of the book.

What important messages/themes are present in the story and why would this appeal to a young adult reader?

Family is an important aspect of this story. Over the course of the book we see the main character, Iris, learn the importance of your culture and family. This book has a good commentary on culture and how, whether you like it or not, is a part of you and your family.

Who would you recommend this book to? 

I would recommend this book to middle schools or Young YA readers, teachers of that demographic might find it interesting to add to their libraries as well. This book is a good transition book from short books to longer ones.

If you could ask the author a question, what would it be? 

How much of Iris Wong are you and how much of her is fictional?

Thank you Jana!

Lindsay Wong joins us on August 6 for the panel discussion "In the Lead" . Register here.