At thirty-three, Andrea Tang is living the dream: she has a successful career as a lawyer, a posh condo, and a clutch of fun-loving friends who are always in the know about Singapore’s hottest clubs and restaurants. All she has to do is make partner at her law firm and she will have achieved everything she (and her mother) has ever worked for. So what if she’s poised to be the last unmarried member of her generation of the Tang clan? She doesn’t need a man to feel fulfilled, no matter what her meddling relatives have to say about it.
But for a dutiful Chinese-Malaysian daughter, the weight of familial expectations is hard to ignore. And so are the men life keeps throwing in Andrea’s path. Men like Suresh Aditparan, her annoyingly attractive rival for partner and the last man she should be spending time with, and Eric Deng, a wealthy entrepreneur whose vision for their future is more lavish than she could have imagined. With her workplace competition growing ever more intense, her friends bringing dramas of their own to her door, and her family scrutinizing her every romantic prospect, Andrea finds herself stretched to the breaking point. And she can’t help but wonder: In the endless tug-of-war between pleasing others and pleasing herself, is there room for everyone to win?
I picked up this book on a whim from my library, not expecting much from it. Oh boy, was I wrong. This book was so heartwarming and funny. Even though it has one of the tropes I most despise (love triangles), I couldn’t put this book down. Somehow, Ho makes it work so well, and I enjoyed every second of it.
What I liked
Let me start by saying, this book is hilarious. I laughed throughout the entire book. If you love rom-coms, look no further, this is the book for you.
Even though the main character, Andrea, can be exasperating at times, I really couldn’t help but love her. She is such a relatable character, I really connected with some of her insecurities and problems. Even though Andrea is in her thirties, this is a coming of age story, in which she has to figure out what she really wants to do with her life, even when it seems like she already has everything she wants.
Another thing I loved about this book was Andrea’s circle of friends. Very few books, especially romance novels, highlight the importance of friendship, and I was so happy that Andrea’s friends play such a crucial part in her life and how she’s so close to her cousin, Linda. I also loved how they are there for each other.
What I didn’t like
My only issue with this book was the end. It doesn’t end badly by any means; I just didn’t like how it was handled. I’ve noticed so many amazing books suffer from what I’ve named the bad ending syndrome. This is that, after an amazing story, the ending either feels rushed or maybe it fell short compared to the story. In this case, I think it was drawn out more than it should have.
Regardless of this, I would still 100% recommend this book to any rom-com lovers out there. I loved this book so much, and everyone should go out and read it.