The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

She annihilates standardized tests and the bad guys.Genie Lo is one among droves of Ivy-hopeful overachievers in her sleepy Bay Area suburb. You know, the type who wins. When she’s not crushing it at volleyball or hitting the books, Genie is typically working on how to crack the elusive Harvard entry code.But when her hometown comes under siege from hellspawn straight out...

Title:The Epic Crush of Genie Lo
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ISBN:1419725483
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:336 pages

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo Reviews

  • CW (Read Think Ponder)

    After finishing this book

    I thought to myself, certain as hell:

    Do you know those books where you felt like it was written for you? 

    felt like that book for me. Yes, 

    is my new favourite book! But not as in,

    tier favourite. I'm talking about, 

    tier of favourite (

    ).

    When I first heard about this book in January this year, I was beyond ec

    After finishing this book

    I thought to myself, certain as hell:

    Do you know those books where you felt like it was written for you? 

    felt like that book for me. Yes, 

    is my new favourite book! But not as in,

    tier favourite. I'm talking about, 

    tier of favourite (

    ).

    When I first heard about this book in January this year, I was beyond ecstatic. It was pitched to be about a girl, 'who wonders if she's qualified enough to gain admission to an Ivy League school, then becomes powerful enough to break through the gates of Heaven with her fists'. How cool is that?

    And oh boy, this book and Yee 

    and surpassed all expectations that I had.

    It follows sixteen year old Genie, who, like some sixteen year olds, are thinking and aspiring to get into a top-tiered college to secure her future and success. From this fact alone, I related to her instantly: here was a character who, like me, was working hard to get into a good school. It's such a mundane, everyday aspiration, but it matters so much, and how much it matters shines through in Genie's narrative. However, things get very interesting following the arrival of a new transfer student, followed shortly by demons straight out of Chinese folklore.

    Why does she have to fight demons though? You'll have to read to find it - and I promise the reason why is bloody awesome.

    I grew up with Chinese folktale stories. I remember going to my grandparents' house and watching

     (I know Doraemon is Japanese, but still!) and the 

    cartoons (even though I had no idea what was going on because I couldn't understand Mandarin, but the images were good enough) and learning about 

    ,

    , or 

    . However, if you're not familiar with the folktale, don't worry - everything will be explained (and, might I add, it's explained 

    )!

    , particularly so for me and other readers familiar with the original folktale, because it gave this small memory of my childhood a renewed sense of meaning. Not a lot of books can do this, but 

    sure as heck did that for me.

    Genie was such a fantastic character, and I related to her so much. Not only was her narrative voice hilarious and so charming, she was

    . I was an angry teen, and when that anger is confounded by other things like confusion and uncertainty for the future and the heavy cultural expectation of being restrained in emotional expression, I was as ripe as volcano ready to explode. In this sense,

    And, of course, Quentin: the strange but charismatic transfer student who becomes so much more in unexpected ways.

    The other characters in the story were warm and funny in their own ways and I loved getting to know them. Furthermore, the

    But my goodness,

    As mentioned earlier, 

    has elements of comedy, and that shines through in the storytelling. Where there was exposition, it was done in a way that was absolutely hilarious and fun to read; no one moment of this book was boring. I cackled so much while reading it, and even shared some snippets with my family who - despite how stoic some of them are! - laughed as well. Perhaps it's strange to say, but the comedy felt like a small part of home - whatever that is - familiar, warm, and a little nostalgic. Moreover,

    Truly, the writing in this book was fabulous. I enjoyed reading this book so much.

    Easily one of my favourite books this year - and is definitely in my top two books, ever - 

    is a unique and fantastic book that I never knew I needed.

    Don't sleep on this book, everyone! Read it now, thank me later.

    -

    A girl's life gets turned upside down following the appearances of a new transfer student and demons from Chinese folklore in her town, and she becomes more powerful than she could have ever imagined.

    Readers who grew up with Chinese folktales and mythology or would love to learn more about it, who love comedy, action, and a purely fun book.

    Young adult, fantasy/mythology, comedy, action

    '-level yes.

    -

    This review can also be found on my book blog,

  • alice (arctic books)

    You can find this review and others, as well as win a copy of GENIE LO at

    .

    THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO was fun, action-packed, and something not to miss. I’m going to be honest here, I have never read a book that I related to as much as this one. I’m Chinese-American, and seeing the stories of Sun Wukong that I heard as a child come to life in this book was surreal and just absolutely amazing. I felt so light and unbelievably happy, and I can’t express how much I loved this book.

    Genie

    You can find this review and others, as well as win a copy of GENIE LO at

    .

    THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO was fun, action-packed, and something not to miss. I’m going to be honest here, I have never read a book that I related to as much as this one. I’m Chinese-American, and seeing the stories of Sun Wukong that I heard as a child come to life in this book was surreal and just absolutely amazing. I felt so light and unbelievably happy, and I can’t express how much I loved this book.

    Genie was a fantastic main character—she was spunky, sarcastic, overachieving; she felt real and it was so much fun to see aspects of myself in her characterization. To be honest, I felt so connected to Genie. She’s Chinese, super tall, overachieving – just like me. I’ve never felt so close to a main character (not even Juliette even though I love her with all my heart), and I find that this book needs to go into the hands of Chinese teenagers just like myself!

    Quentin was also so much fun to read about. He was infuriating in the best way, and I loved the tension that he and Genie had. She and Quentin made a fantastic team (what did I expect?), and I loved the romance that bloomed. It was a bit weird at first, but I did end up jumping on board. These two characters made this book fly by so quickly and made all the action scenes feel so exciting.

    Overall, this fantastic book is not to miss. This #ownvoices book was so powerful and made me so, so, so, so happy. I’m going to be shoving this book to my little sister and all the Chinese-American teens I know. I’m definitely looking forward to whatever Yee puts out next.

    Thank you to Amulet Books for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

    Let's look at some amazing facts about it, shall we?

    I've been avoiding demon/mythology YA Fantasy for a while, because they're so damn repetitive... Even though I'm a big fan of Greek Mythology, there's only so many white-girl-falls-in-love-with-the-reincarnation-of-Hades I can take, you know? Hence why I was beyond ecstatic to dive into

    , which deals with mythological beings I had never heard about before (because

    Let's look at some amazing facts about it, shall we?

    I've been avoiding demon/mythology YA Fantasy for a while, because they're so damn repetitive... Even though I'm a big fan of Greek Mythology, there's only so many white-girl-falls-in-love-with-the-reincarnation-of-Hades I can take, you know? Hence why I was beyond ecstatic to dive into

    , which deals with mythological beings I had never heard about before (because I'm a Western girl living stereotype, ughhh). I said it in my review for

    , but I love reading about lore and legends, and

    Moreover, if it made me want to learn more about all these legends I didn't know about, I can't begin to imagine how amazing and important it is for readers from the Chinese diaspora to see their mythology starring in a YA novel. We definitely need more of this.

    : she's flawed but oh so likeable, altruist but not in a unrealistic martyr kind of way, driven and overachieving but a little lost, hot tempered but caring, in one word : I really, really liked her. I loved especially the fact that she didn't forget her life, her friends, her family, her dreams for the sake of a demon hunting quest. On the contrary, she reacts in the only believable way, in my opinion : she's

    at the mess Quentin brings into her life.

    How dares he, indeed.

    : infuriating but in the best way possible (the kind that makes me laugh, eh), arrogant but ultimately respectful. Sure, I went all

    at some of his reactions but he made me smile so big, I couldn't hold a grudge. Not to mention that Genie was 100% able to stand her ground.

    *smiles slowly*

    As for the romance? Ha! Again,

    handled it perfectly, with just the right amount of interactions to let us wanting for

    . My favorite kind, really. Also their meet-cute was GOLD bahahahahahaha go Genie!

    especially Genie's mum and Yunie, her best friend. I loved that they never seemed like cardboard copies but had a personal voice.

    What can I say about the plot, except that

    I'm always wary of fast-paced stories because too often the characters and world-building suffer from it. Not so much here. Indeed if

    does rely on a multitude of action scenes, it never feels hollow or gratuitous, and I appreciated that a lot. Plus it managed to surprise me several times, even though I guessed some parts, which is pretty rare in YA Fantasy, so there's that.

    If

    is

    's debut novel, I'll be sure to read more from him in the future (first : is there a sequel planned? Because?? Seriously??) :

    It reminded me a bit of

    's, actually (yes. I went there) : a little young-ish, but in the best kind of way.

    ► Recommended to every reader who's tired of reading the same plots over and over again. Trust me, you'll enjoy the ride.

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