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1580749725RENT A BOYFRIEND

November 10, 2020
Simon & Schuster BFYR

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets The Farewell in this incisive romantic comedy about a college student who hires a fake boyfriend to appease her traditional Taiwanese parents, to disastrous results, from the acclaimed author of American Panda.

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?


Praise for Rent a Boyfriend

“Gloria Chao has done it again! Nobody writes family, first love, and finding your voice quite like she does. Rent a Boyfriend is laugh-out-loud funny, achingly honest, and unbelievably swoony. You’ll cheer for Chloe every step of the way. Just like Drew’s paintings, Gloria Chao has created a masterpiece.”
—Stephanie Kate Strohm, author of Love a la Mode and It’s Not Me, It’s You

“I’m obsessed with this book. Gloria Chao writes with a deft combination of humor and empathy, her characters so bright and aching and full of longing. Rent a Boyfriend is exactly the kind of romantic romp promised by the title, but it’s also an emotional gut-punch, a careful excavation of family secrets, and a reminder to anyone who’s ever felt alone that they are absolutely worthy of love.”
—Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of Today, Tonight, Tomorrow, and Our Year of Maybe

“I adored this book! In Rent a Boyfriend, Gloria Chao pivots stunningly from romcom hijinks to family drama…and then back again. This romance is authentically swoony, laugh-out-loud funny, and genuinely moving. I cheered for Chloe and Drew—and readers will too.” —Amy Spalding, bestselling author of We Used to be Friends and The Summer of Jordi Perez

Rent a Boyfriend is a hilarious, joyful, absolutely delicious novel. It captures perfectly the giddy sense of inevitability that happens to people when they realize they are meant for one another.” —Jessie Ann Foley, Printz Honor-winning author of The Carnival at Bray and You Know I’m No Good

“Sweet, romantic, hilarious, and heartfelt, Rent a Boyfriend is the feel-good book you’ve been waiting for—I couldn’t put it down!” —Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be and Something Like Gravity

“I adored this totally charming tale of two lovable fakers who find the courage to be real with one another, and with themselves.” —Rebecca Podos, author of Like Water

“A beautiful story about finding and following your own path, full of warmth and humor.” —Ashley Herring Blake, author of Girl Made of Stars

“I was expecting Rent a Boyfriend to be that thoroughly enjoyable, delightfully delicious rom-com. What I actually got was a richer, more decadent story filled with moments that actually took my breath away. The type of story that wraps itself around you like the sweater that you pull on because you need a hug. Every reader will find pieces of Rent a Boyfriend that feels crafted just for them. The quiet genius that is Gloria Chao and her writing is on full display in Rent a Boyfriend, easily Ms. Chao’s best book to date.” —Kathleen March, Anderson’s Bookshop (Downers Grove, IL)

Has everything you could ever want in one novel: natural humor, complicated emotions, and the power to prove that love is undeniably real. The chemistry, growth, and understanding between Chloe and Drew are so authentic and true that readers are bound to relate and see pieces of themselves within them both.” —Andrew King, The University Book Store (Seattle, WA)

Readers everywhere will see themselves in Chloe as she faces the ultimate decision of living her life in the safety of her parents’ approval or risking it all to discover her own path.” —Stephanie Heinz, Print: A Bookstore (Portland, ME)

“Gloria Chao returns with a new book that will capture your heart, break it then mend it back together.” —Teresa Steele, Old Firehouse Books (Fort Collins, CO)

“A beautiful story not only about falling in love, but also finding who you are, following your dreams, and accepting others for who they are.” —Renee Becher, Old Firehouse Books (Fort Collins, CO)

“Reader, I loved this.” —Audrey Huang, Belmont Books (Belmont, MA)

“Romantic, and tackles big topics like misogyny and family expectations.” —Lauren Nopenz Fairley, Curious Iguana (Frederick, Maryland)


 

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1553031715-e1554404904506.pngOUR WAYWARD FATE

Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster

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A teen outcast is simultaneously swept up in a whirlwind romance and down a rabbit hole of dark family secrets when another Taiwanese family moves to her small, predominantly white midwestern town in this remarkable new novel from the critically acclaimed author of American Panda, which The Wall Street Journal called “weepingly funny.”

Seventeen-year-old Ali Chu knows that as the only Asian person at her school in middle-of-nowhere Indiana, she must be bland as white toast to survive. This means swapping her congee lunch for PB&Js, ignoring the clueless racism from her classmates and teachers, and keeping her mouth shut when people wrongly call her Allie instead of her actual name, pronounced Āh-lěe, after the mountain in Taiwan.

Her autopilot existence is disrupted when she finds out that Chase Yu, the new kid in school, is also Taiwanese. Despite some initial resistance due to the “they belong together” whispers, Ali and Chase soon spark a chemistry rooted in competitive martial arts, joking in two languages, and, most importantly, pushing back against the discrimination they face.

But when Ali’s mom finds out about the relationship, she forces Ali to end it. As Ali covertly digs into the why behind her mother’s disapproval, she uncovers secrets about her family and Chase that force her to question everything she thought she knew about life, love, and her unknowable future.

Snippets of a love story from nineteenth-century China (a retelling of the Chinese folktale The Butterfly Lovers) are interspersed with Ali’s narrative and intertwined with her fate.


Praise for Our Wayward Fate

“With OUR WAYWARD FATE, Chao establishes herself as one of the premier writers in contemporary YA. Ali’s story is one of young love, long-hidden secrets, cultural divides, and the pressure, not only to find balance between one’s history and future, but to understand how the one affects the other. No one writes family in all its beauty and complexity like Gloria Chao.”
—David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik, Kids of Appetite, and Mosquitoland
 

“Chao is a master of combining humor with more serious moments in a story that’s sure to stick with you for a long time.” —Buzzfeed

“This honest and hilarious love story will have teens entranced. With whip-smart dialog and a fast-paced mystery, OUR WAYWARD FATE is the perfect book for any teen.” —Children’s Book Review

Beautifully heartbreaking. With authentic teen voices that will help readers easily connect with the characters and their stories, OUR WAYWARD FATE is an excellent choice for readers who love a mix of contemporary and historical fiction.” —BookPage

“OUR WAYWARD FATE is [an] amazing story about juggling family expectations and what you want for yourself. If that’s not the essential teen journey, we’re not sure what is.” Paste Magazine

 
“This is more than a coming-of-age novel, and readers will fall in love with Ali.”—School Library Journal
 
“Chao brings readers a witty protagonist who breaks stereotypes of Chinese Americans by simply being herself.” —Kirkus
 
[an] inventive, deeply heartfelt love story that explores connections of many kinds.”Booklist

“Ali’s first-person narration employs colloquial, authentic teen language. . . . Also noteworthy is Chao’s inclusion of a retelling of the famous Chinese “Butterfly Lovers” legend; the retelling is parsed out between chapters, providing valuable insight into Ali’s culture.” —The Horn Book

Buzz for Our Wayward Fate

United By Pop’s Best YA Books of 2019
Buzzfeed’s 24 YA Books To Devour During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Buzzfeed’s 19 Really Great YA Books You’ll Want To Pick Up This Fall
Barnes & Noble’s October’s Best YA Reads
Paste Magazine’s Best YA Novels of October 2019
Barnes & Noble’s Most Anticipated Sophomore Novels of 2019: July to December
She Reads’s 10 Diverse books by women to read in 2019
BookRiot’s Authors Don’t Have Much Control Over Covers Here’s Why
An Indigo’s Most Anticipated Teen Title



 

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Available in hardcover, paperbackebook, and audiobook

Four starred reviews for this incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and crush on a Japanese classmate.

At seventeen, Mei Lu should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth—that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

But when she reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?

From debut author Gloria Chao comes a hilarious, heartfelt tale of how unlike the panda, life isn’t always so black and white.

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Praise for American Panda

A Junior Library Guild Selection
Amelia Bloomer List 2019
Booklist
‘s Best Debut YA Book of 2018
Bustle‘s Best Young Adult Book of 2018
Seventeen Magazine‘s Best YA Book of 2018
Paste Magazine‘s Best Young Adult Novel of 2018
PopSugar‘s Most Riveting YA Book of 2018
A Chicago Public Library Best YA Book of 2018
A Bank Street’s Best Children’s Books of the Year
YMCA’s Summer Reading List for Teens
Illinois Reads 2019
Indie’s Next Pick

Weepingly funny“—The Wall Street Journal

“Delightful.” —Buzzfeed

“Vibrant and bright.” —Bustle

“Beautifully told.” —Hypable

“Vibrant, complex, and refreshing . . . A soulful and hilarious debut.”—★ Booklist, Starred Review

Effervescent.”—★ Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“This deserves a place on every shelf, though it will not stay there long.”—★ VOYA magazine, Starred Review

“Universal.”—★ School Library Journal, Starred Review

“Eye-opening, hilarious, and sometimes heartbreaking.” —Shelf Awareness

“An earnest, funny, and emotional story.” —Book Riot

“An absolute delight . . . Overflowing with wit and empathy, Chao’s debut charmed my socks off.” —David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite and Mosquitoland

“A charming and hilarious tale . . . Mei Lu is a goofy, lovable American teenager. I loved her.” —Stacey Lee, award-winning author of Outrun the Moon

“Incredibly timely, honest, and moving—the must-read book of the season!” —Sandhya Menon, New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi 

“A dazzling debut that hooked me with its humor and heart from the very first page.” —Lisa Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Magician

“The perfect coming of age story for anyone who’s ever felt unsure of where they belong.”—Kerri Maniscalco, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Stalking Jack the Ripper


Awards and Nominations for American Panda

YALSA’s 2019 Teens’ Top Ten
Friends of American Writers’ Young People’s Literature Award Winner
Society of Midland Authors Award–Children’s Fiction Honoree
Nerdy Book Club Award Winner 2018

YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adult 2019 Nominee
YALSA’s Amazing Audiobook 2019 Nominee
YALSA’s Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers 2019 Nominee


Buzz for American Panda

Book Riot’s 20 Best Asian American YA Books to Read in 2020
Seventeen’s 15 Life-Changing Books You Have to Read This Summer
Buzzfeed’s 21 YA Queens Of Color Who, If You Don’t Know, You Should
King County Library System’s Best Teen Books 2018
Teen Vogue’s 9 Asian-Led Books that Deserve Their Own Movie Adaption
Buzzfeed’s 23 YA Romance Novels That Are Better Than A Candlelit Dinner
Book Riot’s 10 Books about Teens with Big Secrets
Bookish’s All Grown Up: YA Books Set in College
Refinery29’s The Ultimate YA Beach Reads of 2018
Buzzfeed’s 31 Young Adult Debut Novels From 2018 That Prove First-Time Authors Can Have A Serious Impact
Bustle’s 27 Most Anticipated YA Contemporary Books

Barnes & Noble’s 21 Most Anticipated Debuts of 2018
Buzzfeed’s Start Off Your 2018 Right by Reading These 18 YA Books
New York Public Library’s Most Anticipated YA Books of 2018
Justine Magazine’s Most Anticipated Books of 2018
Barnes & Noble’s 8 Diverse YA Romances to Read Right Now
Teen Librarian Toolbox’s 18 2018 YA Books To Have On Your Radar
Bustle’s 11 Novels For ‘Pride & Prejudice’ Fans Who Want More Modern (And Diverse) Takes On The Classic Tale
Epic Read’s 12 Most Exciting Books, Winter 2018

Bustle’s 17 YA Books by Authors of Color To Look Out For, first half of 2018
Hypable’s Most Anticipated Diverse YA Books of 2018
Book Riot’s 6 YA Romance Novels to Swoon for in Winter 2018
Read Brightly’s 18 Most Exciting YA Books of 2018
Cultured Vultures’s 20 Most Anticipated Books of 2018
YA Books Central’s Buzzworthy Books of Winter 2018
Epic Read’s 17 #OwnVoices YA Books Coming Out This Year We Can’t Wait to Read
Pick My YA’s 18 YA Books to Read in 2018
School Library Journal’s List of Asian American Voices in Young Adult Literature
Book Riot’s 10 YA Books Set in College
Cultured Vultures’s 13 Biggest New Books of February 2018
Epic Read’s 17 Most Anticipated YA Books to Read in February
Bustle’s 17 Best YA Books of February
Barnes and Noble’s 28 Most Anticipated February YA Books
Book Riot’s Must Read February Books
Barnes & Noble’s 8 YAs About Defying Parental Expectations
Barnes & Noble’s 7 YA Novels That Take on the Journey from High School to College
Sadie Nash’s 13 Extraordinary Novels by Women of Color
SLJ’s 32 YA titles for Every Day of Asian Pacific American History Month & Beyond
Barnes & Noble’s 12 Books to Keep You Swooning After Watching To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Book Riot’s 12 Great Young Adult Audiobooks from 2018
Book Riot’s 50 Must Read 2018-2019 Releases with East Asians on the Cover
Get Literary’s 6 Books to Read After You Read and Watch Crazy Rich Asians
Barnes & Noble’s 10 New and Upcoming College-Set YA Novels


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For those who preordered American Panda and/or Our Wayward Fate, you can still access the exclusive content: American Panda |  Our Wayward Fate