The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by FC Yee. Amulet Books. 2017.
I loved this! It was hilarious, riveting, and just so much fun. The pacing was impeccable, hit every beat exactly where it should. The characterization was complex and nuanced. I cared so much about Genie, felt for her and with her, was cheering her on.
It was incredible to read a book that centered a girl who was so intensely angry, and really made her complicated and resonant and a heroine and caring and so so funny. This is such a wonderful read. I could not put it down, and I was grinning through so much of it. The battle scenes were so much fun!
I liked watching Genie’s relationship with Quentin grow, liked their arc together. I really loved the moments with her mom, and her BFF, so much, the depth and complexity of those relationships really lived on the page. I also really liked seeing her with guanyin, their conversations always twisted in new directions I didn’t expect.
This is in my top 3 favorite 2017 YA books. It was wonderful all the way through, and I highly recommend it. I know I am definitely going to reread, and I really hope it gets made into a movie because that would be amazing.
- Chinese American MC
- Korean American/Chinese American author
Content Warnings (in white, highlight to read)
Physical fighting. Magical battles.
- Source of the book: ARC from the publisher via Netgalley
- I have had no contact with the author.
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