Thursday, September 13, 2007

Book Review: "Sushi for One" by Camy Tang and Book Giveaway!

I'm giving away a brand new copy of today's book! Leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win. I'll pick a name and announce the winner on Thursday, September 20. Good luck!

Ok honestly I hate sushi but I loved this book!

Lex Sakai is being tortured by her grandmother to find a husband or else her volleyball team will have to suffer. So now Lex has to find a boyfriend in a mere matter of weeks or else suffer the wrath of having no funds for the team. Everyone seems to want to set her up, from the losers her brother keeps pointing her towards to the guys who only want to get her because of her insider info to the latest game. Lex decides there must be a guy who meets every one of her requirements and plans to stick to her Ephesians list. Then she meets Aidan, who is everything NOT on her list, but seems to be everything that she wants. A wonderful story blending chick lit with Asian culture.

I have been dying to read this book since I first started visiting Camy Tang's blog. Being an Asian American myself, there are few choices even in mainstream for books written by Asian Americans, let alone in Christian fiction. So when I heard that there was going to be a Christian chick lit book written by an Asian American author, I nearly passed out. And this book definately made all my expectations and more. Even if you're not Asian, you will still be able to follow the story and you get to learn about new cultures as well. Some people might say there's some stereotyping in this book with the Asian culture. Well let me say that we really do act like this. I love how there's a distinction of two different types of Asian cultures in this book and it shows readers that Asian are not one big group to be lumped together. I love how Lex loves sports and is not afraid to let her sports knowledge show. There are lots of hilarious spots in this book, my favorite is cameo of the author herself involving a volleyball accident. However there are serious moments in this book as well which makes this story extremely well written. The book goes from downright hilarity to painful memories within the same chapter. I really felt for Lex in this book and enjoyed her adventure. The only negative thing I have about this book, and I'm sorry, but I don't like the grandmother. Why does she want to force Lex to get married? All her insults were really spiteful and I don't blame Lex at all for what she does near the end of the book. I'm hoping we learn why she acts like this so that I don't hate her for the rest of the series. And yes I cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out. An excellent debut, a wonderful cultural chick lit novel and an inspiration to aspiring Asian Americans writers!

Sushi for One? by Camy Tang is published by Zondervan (2007)


  1. Loved the interview with Camy and was interesting to hear your take on the book. As for the Gma, well where would the story be without a "bad guy/gal". Sure I want to like everyone as much as the next person but in books its a little hard to have conflict if everyone is a "good guy/gal". Also I have family members who push to get a boyfriend and/or married and trust me when you're on the recieving end of everyone's matchmaking ideas that don't necessarily fit your ideas or God's of a good partner it gets very frustrating.
    Please enter me for the book drawing. forest_rose[at]yahoo[dot]com

    Melissa Meeks

  2. Thanks for the review, Deborah!

    Sadly, Grandma is a conglomeration of stories from my friends about an aunt/mother/grandmother who's almost psychotic about nagging every single girl into marriage. Truth really is stranger than fiction sometimes. Luckily, my own family wasn't like that at all!


  3. please enter me here! i want to give this book to another lex. :)

  4. Awesome website. Camy is my "friend" on Shoutlife and Shelfair but I haven't gotten to know her yet to become real friends. Thanks for the interview to give me a window into her soul.
    Of course winning her book would be cool!
    Donald James Parker
    Author of All the Voices of the Wind
    scaramouche9999 at yahoo dot com

  5. Anonymous8:32 AM

    Please enter me for this drawing too. Readingrat from FR.

  6. i'd like to enter the contest

  7. Sounds like a great read! I'd love to win! Please enter me!

  8. Please enter me, this book sounds SO good! Thanks:-)

    kpuleski [at] gmail [dot] com

  9. Sounds wonderful. Please enter me.

    vadersmomma (at) gmail (dot) com

  10. Thanks for the great review! Can't wait to read the book!

    noelzer (at) comcast (dot) net

  11. Ooh, please put me down for the drawing for this book. My email address is bookaddict4life (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!

  12. Oops! I forgot to leave my contact info!

    coffeelover807 (at) yahoo (dot) com


  13. Julia7:19 AM

    Hi! I have read this book, and absolutely love it! However, sadly my sister who owns the book is getting married and moving 5 hours away. So, I would love to be entered to win a copy of this book!
    itsmyemail (at)

  14. I would love a copy of this book - please enter me!


  15. I won a copy on another site and I can't wait to get it to read it!

  16. oh i'm really hoping to win this sometime this month!!

  17. count me in! I'd really like to read this!
    bebemiqui (at)hotmail (dot) com

  18. Please count me in - I've been wanting to read this book rather badly!

  19. Oh boy, this book sounds so good, I know I want to read it but I think I HAVE to read it too.

    Please enter me in the drawing!

    SuseADoodle [at] gmail [dot] com

  20. congrats to Janna for winning!


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