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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.

Praise for American Panda

A Junior Library Guild Selection
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
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

Award Nominations for American Panda

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

Seventeen’s 15 Life-Changing Books You Have to Read This Summer
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King County Library System’s Best Teen Books 2018
Teen Vogue’s 9 Asian-Led Books that Deserve Their Own Movie Adaption
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
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Barnes & Noble’s 8 Diverse YA Romances to Read Right Now
Teen Librarian Toolbox’s 18 2018 YA Books To Have On Your Radar
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Bustle’s 17 YA Books by Authors of Color To Look Out For, first half of 2018
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Fall 2019
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As the only Asian in her small, predominantly white Midwestern farming town, Ali has become an unrecognizable version of herself to survive the daily racism she encounters. When another Chinese family moves to town, Ali at first wants nothing to do with the boy who everyone says she “belongs with” because they look the same. But Chase eventually breaks through Ali’s shell and reminds her who she is. The more they get to know each other, the more Ali realizes Chase understands her in a way no one else can. When they fall for each other, they fall swiftly and headfirst.

Unfortunately, when Ali’s mother finds out about the budding romance, she forbids them from being together, no explanation given. In her search for the reason behind her mother’s disapproval, Ali falls down a rabbit hole of dark family secrets that threaten not just her relationship with Chase, but her entire future. Snippets of a love story from 19th Century China (a re-telling of The Butterfly Lovers, one of China’s Four Great Folktales) are interspersed with the main narrative and offer clues and an eventual explanation. Misaligned is a story about true love, not fitting in, and the dangers of not communicating.