Desert Isle Keeper
Last Tang Standing
My first reaction upon finishing this book was that I was angry it was Ms. Ho’s debut because I needed to read more by her.
The tagline of Bridget Jones meets Crazy Rich Asians is… fine? But it doesn’t go near capturing what made me absolutely adore this story. I’d throw in vibes of The Hating Game to get it closer, but regardless of what it kind of seems like – it’s a work all on its own.
We spend the whole of the book in the POV of Andrea Tang, who is attempting to be a good Chinese-Malaysian daughter (ie, marrying and/or being insanely successful at the correct career), while navigating her early 30s in Singapore. She’s dealing with her mother’s expectations, her potential promotion at work, the opinions of her sprawling family regarding her matrimonial and reproductive options, and… maybe a cute boy?
I settled into this thing quickly – Ms. Ho’s dialogue sparkles and Andrea’s journey was so engaging and personable that I felt like I was her friend as well. Additionally, I know little of this world and I was so glad to engage with it. Thanks for the chance to visit Singapore, Ms. Ho!