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This is the story of Fiona Yu, a jaded Bay Area lawyer approaching 30 while saddled with all the stereotypical baggage of living with her traditional Chinese parents. Choi herself lives in San Francisco, turned 30 not long ago, and quit her law firm to write this book. As this book contains about 20 murders, hopefully Choi's art does not mirror her life too completely. Fiona is a badass, not a Hello Kitty. A Hello Kitty is the kind of Asian woman who loses her virginity to an arranged marriage then spends the rest of her life quietly cooking and doing laundry.
Lin hilariously puts on her most cartoony Chinese and vacant Californian accents as Fiona bitterly mocks both the Asian and the American cultural institutions that keep her from having a good time. With the help of her sidekick, a childhood friend turned hymen reconstructive surgeon by day and lady-killer by night, Fiona plots to escape her arrogant boss, her boring fiancé, and her sheltered existence under the thumb of an exasperating father who is constantly reminding her to wear lipstick. Their tools for accomplishing these remarkable feats of social dexterity include a half dozen Snickers bars, a boat called The Countess with the ‘o’ scratched out, a pretty sexy collection of stiletto heels, a love of Kurt Cobain, and the will to do very bad things to people who sort of deserve it.
A refreshing change of pace from the usual black comedy, this tasty little tale of vengeance served hot over ramen noodles is equal parts charming and obnoxious. Angela Lin's salty sweet rendering of a unique new character aberration that possesses some wickedly familiar sentiments is cause for optimism on the satirical battlefield of inhumane thoughts and criminal deeds that has too long been dominated by white guys. Prepare to be shamefully delighted. —Megan Volpert
Determined to thwart her parents' plans to marry her off into Asian suburbia, Fiona seeks her freedom at any price. How far will she go to bury the Hello Kitty stereotype forever? Fiona's journey of self-discovery is biting and clever as she embraces her true nature and creates her own version of the American Dream, eliminating - without fear or remorse - anyone who stands in her way.
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By Susannah on 09-23-10
Narration is slightly annoying, especially the singing of Nirvana songs. It happened frequently enough that I muted parts out of embarrassment for the narrator.
The story is mildly interesting. As an Asian female I feel that the cultural gap is a bit
exaggerated for the attention of the reader. Parts are a bit poseur/inauthentic and the characters are undeveloped, but entertaining enough. Great for listening to at work!
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
By Nancy on 10-25-10
Fresh and Satisfying
I'm not sure what caused me to purchase this book in the first place: it's totally different from my usual fare, and there were a couple of negative reviews that almost pursuaded me to skip it. I consider it a fortunate accident that I went ahead with my purchase.
If you enjoy the type of dark humor found in shows such as Dexter, you'll love Hello Kitty Must Die. I don't count myself among the easily amused, but I lost count of the times I laughed out loud on the metro listening to the heroine's machinations.
I do agree with a previous reviewer that the singing can get pretty annoying, but do not let this discourage you from downloading this book. The singing abates after the first few chapters as the story become more complex. (Either that or one becomes inured to it.)
Overall, the book is fresh, witty, funny and satisfying.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful