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Publisher's Summary

An 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 17, Mei 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 (one) hates germs, (two) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (three) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.
But when Mei 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.
©2018 Gloria Chao (P)2018 Simon & Schuster
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Critic Reviews

"Charmed my socks off." (David Arnold, New York Times best-selling author of Kids of Appetite and Mosquitoland)
"A soulful and hilarious debut." ( Booklist, starred review)
"Effervescent." ( Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"An earnest, funny, and emotional story." ( Book Riot)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 03-08-18

WOW! What an enjoyable read.. listen.

I am so glad that my impulse buy worked out. I think that I didn’t even stop listening until the end of the book. Well done!

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5 out of 5 stars
By r on 02-23-18


Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

After finishing American Panda, I promptly recommended it to everyone I know. The characters are heartfelt, the writing style charming, and the conflicts felt real and relatable.

Which character – as performed by Emily Woo Zeller – was your favorite?

Emily Woo Zeller brought all of the characters to life. I especially liked the way she performed Mei and Mei’s mother.

Any additional comments?

Excited to read more by debut author Gloria Chao!

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