American Panda by Gloria Chao

I received this ARC from #kidlitexchange to read in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸAmerican Panda by Gloria Chao is an amazing YA read. Meiย  Lu is a 17 year old college freshman who is so smart she was able to skip the fourth grade thanks to choices made by her parents. Mei’s parents have had her future planned since the day she was born, who she will marry to her career path. She was raised with strong Taiwanese roots and is expected to become a doctor. However, Mei struggles with these expectations. She is paranoid of germs, crushing on a Japanese American boy which is strictly forbidden, and struggles to understand her family’s strict rules. Her brother refused to follow their strict rules and cultural beliefs and his family has disowned him. No one in the family is allowed to talk to him or help him in anyway. Mei struggles with this choice also. One day she decides to bend the rules and find out just who Mei can be. Only one by one her secrets begin to spill out and her family life becomes unravelled. Mei struggles with what she wants vs. what is expected of her in order to be the best Mei she can be. In the about the author notes the author tells you about how her life and Mei’s are very similar in the way they struggled to become their own person. I had some idea of the cultural beliefs of Taiwanese Americans but had no idea just how strong and rooted they were. It was very interesting to read and understand why the struggles seemed so real for Mei. Review also posted on Instagram @jasonnstacie, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Go Read, Amazon, and my blog at readsbystacie.com

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