ARC Review: Loveboat, Taipei

Loveboat, Taipei (Loveboat, Taipei, #1)

Title: Loveboat, Taipei
Author: Abigail Hing Wen
Publication Date: January 07, 2020
Genre: Contemporary
Format: eARC
Rating: ★★★★


When eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achieving kids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers since they were nine—and her parents’ yardstick for her never-measuring-up life.

Unbeknownst to her parents, however, the program is actually an infamous teen meet-market nicknamed Loveboat, where the kids are more into clubbing than calligraphy and drinking snake-blood sake than touring sacred shrines.

Free for the first time, Ever sets out to break all her parents’ uber-strict rules—but how far can she go before she breaks her own heart?

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Edelweiss for review. Thank you Edelweiss for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.

I haven’t reviewed an ARC in a while. I was really surprised by how much I ended up loving this book. When I got approved for it I didn’t think too much of it but I’m so glad that I was able to read this before release and I’m now here to share with you how much this book resonated with me.


Ever is such a relatable character, especially for American children of immigrants. She goes through a lot over the course of the book and I really related to the journey she went through. I saw a lot of myself when I was that age in her. I think all the characters in this book were amazing and they each had their own flaws and strengths. I love learning about each and every one of them.


I liked Wen’s writing. I thought it was smooth and easy to read. Her dialogue was also good which is something that I look for and enjoy immensely. I’m excited to read more of her writing.

The story was interesting. There were a lot of things I didn’t see coming and that I was pleasantly surprised over. From the first page I was hooked and I just wanted to keep reading to find out what happens to everyone. The ending is also super sweet and made me tear up a tiny bit.

Overall Thoughts

I liked this book a lot. I’m really excited that there’s going to be a 2nd book. I hope we get to see more of the characters that were introduced in this book. I think that this is also a good book for older readers as it does deal with some mature content but it isn’t that detailed. I really hope everyone gives this book a chance as it has some really good representation and I really enjoyed reading it!

2 thoughts on “ARC Review: Loveboat, Taipei

  1. cmariebohley

    I was wondering if you ever review self-published books. I recently published my YA romance/drama novella ‘Dear Jackson’ on Amazon, and I would love to email you a PDF version (so you wouldn’t need to pay to read it) and you could review it if you were willing. It is 113 pages, and you can see the description and such on amazon here:

    Let me know if you’re interested! 😀

    ~ Carynn

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