I’m so thrilled that RENT A BOYFRIEND is out in the world today.
This book is for the readers of color who seldom see themselves or their culture in rom coms. I wrote this for you.
RENT A BOYFRIEND is inspired by a real life practice in some Asian countries where women sometimes feel so pressured to bring home the right boyfriend that they hire a fake one.
The dual point-of-view story follows a college sophomore who hires a fake boyfriend from a company, Rent for Your ‘Rents, to introduce to her parents. When she falls for the guy behind the role who her parents won’t approve of, her carefully curated life begins to unravel.
There’s fake dating! Holidays! Humor! Shenanigans! Complicated family dynamics!
Select Indie Bookstores will include signed bookplates & bookmarks with purchase, while supplies last!
Most of these bookstores offer shipping!
Politics & Prose (Washington DC) — Launch Event on Nov 12, 6pm EST!
Women & Children First (Chicago, IL)
The Book Cellar (Chicago, IL)
Belmont Books (Belmont, MA)
Porter Square Books (Cambridge, MA)
Trident Booksellers and Cafe (Boston, MA)
The Silver Unicorn (Acton, MA)
Wellesley Books (Wellesley, MA)
Brookline Booksmith (Brookline, MA)
Old Firehouse Books (Fort Collins, CO)
Print: A Bookstore (Portland, ME)
Northshire Bookstore (Manchester, VT)
Hicklebee’s (San Jose, CA)
Blue Willow Bookshop (Houston, TX)
Parnassus Books (Nashville, TN)
Red Balloon Bookshop (St. Paul, MN)
MIT Coop (Cambridge, MA)
Anderson’s Bookshop (Chicago, IL): Please note, Anderson’s has an Assistance League signed Bookplate and no bookmarks. 20% of proceeds go toward the Assistance League charity, which helps people in the community in need.
Please join me for my virtual launch event!
List of all my virtual events this week:
I’ve written a few essays discussing the personal parts of Rent a Boyfriend. You can check the first one out here:
Why Some Asian Women Rent Boyfriends to Introduce to Their Parents (Frolic)
The second will be posted to We Need Diverse Books sometime today!
Official Book Summary:
Chloe Wang is nervous to introduce her parents to her boyfriend, because the truth is, she hasn’t met him yet either. She hired him from Rent for Your ’Rents, a company specializing in providing fake boyfriends trained to impress even the most traditional Asian parents.
Drew Chan’s passion is art, but after his parents cut him off for dropping out of college to pursue his dreams, he became a Rent for Your ’Rents employee to keep a roof over his head. Luckily, learning protocols like “Type C parents prefer quiet, kind, zero-PDA gestures” comes naturally to him.
When Chloe rents Drew, the mission is simple: convince her parents fake Drew is worthy of their approval so they’ll stop pressuring her to accept a proposal from Hongbo, the wealthiest (and slimiest) young bachelor in their tight-knit Asian American community.
But when Chloe starts to fall for the real Drew—who, unlike his fake persona, is definitely not ’rent-worthy—her carefully curated life begins to unravel. Can she figure out what she wants before she loses everything?
Thank you so much for your support!