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A Taste for Love



by
Jennifer Yen

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Razorbill
ISBN
9780593117521
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Language: Moderate Language
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JLG Category

PG High Plus

For fans of Jenny Han, Jane Austen, and The Great British Baking Show, A Taste for Love, is a delicious rom com about first love, familial expectations, and making the perfect bao.

To her friends, high school senior Liza Yang is nearly perfect. Smart, kind, and pretty, she dreams big and never shies away from a challenge. But to her mom, Liza is anything but. Compared to her older sister Jeannie, Liza is stubborn, rebellious, and worst of all, determined to push back against all of Mrs. Yang’s traditional values, especially when it comes to dating.

The one thing mother and daughter do agree on is their love of baking. Mrs. Yang is the owner of Houston’s popular Yin & Yang Bakery. With college just around the corner, Liza agrees to help out at the bakery’s annual junior competition to prove to her mom that she’s more than her rebellious tendencies once and for all. But when Liza arrives on the first day of the bake-off, she realizes there’s a catch: all of the contestants are young Asian American men her mother has handpicked for Liza to date.

The bachelorette situation Liza has found herself in is made even worse when she happens to be grudgingly attracted to one of the contestants; the stoic, impenetrable, annoyingly hot James Wong. As she battles against her feelings for James, and for her mother’s approval, Liza begins to realize there’s no tried and true recipe for love.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Moderate Language

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

336

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

May 2021

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

Dating (social customs). Baking. Taiwanese Americans. Asian Americans. Best friends. Sisters. Mothers and daughters. Houston, Texas. New York City. Romance. Retellings of Pride and Prejudice.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up– Determined to push back against the traditional values held by her Taiwanese immigrant mother, Liza Yang constantly battles against the model minority student image that her mother tries to mold her into. Different from her over-achieving older sister ­Jeannie, one thing that Liza and her mother have in common is their love for baking. Once she has agreed to help Mrs. Yang at their family bakery’s annual baking competition, Liza finds herself surrounded by contestants—all from well-off Asian families—that her mother has picked for her to date. ­Attracted to hot contestant James Wong, Liza finds it hard to fight her feelings for him and for approval from her mother. She is destined to try her own recipe for love. A plot-driven romance with a happy ending, Yen’s debut is filled with mouth-watering descriptions of jelly cakes, egg waffles, matcha cookies, boba tea, and char siu bao. Yen, a child psychiatrist, writes with a great deal of insight into the adolescent mind. This spotlight on a tight-knight Asian American family and community is ripe for a film adaptation. ­VERDICT A fun story about family and friendship, this romance will ­circulate well in public and high school libraries.–Raymond Wang, ­Community ­College of Baltimore Cty., MD

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up– Determined to push back against the traditional values held by her Taiwanese immigrant mother, Liza Yang constantly battles against the model minority student image that her mother tries to mold her into. Different from her over-achieving older sister ­Jeannie, one thing that Liza and her mother have in common is their love for baking. Once she has agreed to help Mrs. Yang at their family bakery’s annual baking competition, Liza finds herself surrounded by contestants—all from well-off Asian families—that her mother has picked for her to date. ­Attracted to hot contestant James Wong, Liza finds it hard to fight her feelings for him and for approval from her mother. She is destined to try her own recipe for love. A plot-driven romance with a happy ending, Yen’s debut is filled with mouth-watering descriptions of jelly cakes, egg waffles, matcha cookies, boba tea, and char siu bao. Yen, a child psychiatrist, writes with a great deal of insight into the adolescent mind. This spotlight on a tight-knight Asian American family and community is ripe for a film adaptation. ­VERDICT A fun story about family and friendship, this romance will ­circulate well in public and high school libraries.–Raymond Wang, ­Community ­College of Baltimore Cty., MD

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