Author: Lauren Ho
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: G.P. Putnam
Publication Date: June 9, 2020
Book Description: Crazy Rich Asians meets Bridget Jones’s Diary in this funny and irresistible debut novel about the pursuit of happiness, surviving one’s thirties intact, and opening oneself up to love.
At thirty-three, Andrea Tang is living the dream: She has a successful career as a lawyer, a posh condo, and a clutch of fun-loving friends who are always in the know about Singapore’s hottest clubs. All she has to do is make law partner, and her life will be perfect. And if she’s about to become the lone unmarried member of her generation in the Tang clan–a disappointment her meddling Chinese-Malaysian family won’t let her forget–well, she doesn’t need a man to complete her.
Yet when a chance encounter with charming, wealthy entrepreneur Eric Deng offers her a glimpse of an exciting, limitless future, Andrea decides to give Mr. Right-for-her-family a chance. Too bad Suresh Aditparan, her office rival and the last man her family would approve of, keeps throwing a wrench in her plans. Now Andrea can’t help but wonder: In the endless tug-of-war between pleasing others and pleasing herself, is there room for everyone to win?
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars
Review: This is first time that I read a book and it referred to a likeness to other books that it was actually right. Billed as a cross between Crazy Rich Asians and Bridget Jone’s Diary, it is exactly what it is.
Set in Singapore, meet Andrea a thirty-something lawyer, who is single and is friends with some of the richest people. Life seems to be good, but when you start to unpeel her many layers, she longs to be married, and hates her job.
While at heart this is a rom-com, and it is hilarious. Lauren Ho definitely gives us a self-discovery story for Andrea. While she might seem superficial, you know she just wants so much more out of her life.
This was an absolute delight to read. I listened to this as an audiobook and it did not disappoint. The narrator really put forth the insanity of all of what surrounds Andrea, and it made it all the more fun.