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The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo’s every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged. Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven. Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…
- the story is based on chinese mythology, specifically the legend of the Monkey King, Sun Wukong (aka Quentin)
- our mc, Genie Lo, is a totally badass chinese girl with the power to crush things (as the title suggests), stretch her limbs, etc.
- it’s set in the modern day in the Bay Area of California.
- Genie is determined to get into a good college, even if she has to sacrifice a limb and her first born child.
- her best friend Yunie is a prodigious violinist and a wonderful person.
- her parents are broken up, and her parents aren’t exactly speaking to each other.
- sass sass sass
- Genie is hands down one of the most relatable main characters i’ve ever read. she was sarcastic and overachieving so basically she was me. in a lot nearly all of the books i’ve read, the characters just totally forget about school for the Demon Hunting/Monster Killing/Plant Growing extravaganza that the gods have sent them on! but come on– if i was a protagonist in a novel, i’m sorry, i would have to time each day to tackle my school work and keep up good grades. thank you Genie Lo for being about the first protagonist to address the concern of a demon hunting vs. schoolwork balance.
- BEAUTIFUL SASS BETWEEN QUENTIN AND GENIE.
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- i loved the relationship between Genie and her best friend Yunie. they are so wonderfully kind to each other and resolve their issues without the girl-on-girl hate we see these days both irl and in books. as a whole, the book didn’t have that much girl-on-girl hate at all, which is definitely a great thing! just a lot of awesome girls being bawses.
- quentin. he was most definitely a bit annoying, but in the very best way possible. i loved the dynamic between him and Genie, and even the romance that came out of it.
- i looovedd that it was based on Chinese legend! that’s not something you see at all in ya lit and i thought that Yee blended the myth with real life extremely well.
- it was just plain hilarious.
- this wasn’t necessarily a blatant dislike, but something about the writing style didn’t click with me. this is a debut novel, but i think it’s more about my reading tastes changing than the book being written well. the book has a good amount of cursing in it, so i would assume it’s written for mid-range teens, but something about the writing feels off for my tastes. recently, i’ve noticed an increase in the number of adult books i’m reading for the writing style, so maybe i’m growing out of YA just a little bit? idk but my love for this book was based on the characters and the premise more so than the writing.
- i wish it had been a little bit longer. the character arcs didn’t feel totally complete and the middle of the story felt a bit rushed. i could have used a little bit more story development.
- that’s really it.
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