When Ever Wong’s parents send her away for the summer, she’s expecting Chien Tan: a strict, educational immersion program in Taiwan.

Instead, she finds the infamous “Loveboat.”

There, Ever is surrounded by prodigies: like Rick Woo, Chinese American wonder boy and longtime bane of her existence; Ever’s roommate, the confident and clever Sophie Ha, as glamorous as she is sharp; and the intimidatingly cool Xavier Yeh, heir to an international tech empire.

But her classmates are more interested in the nonstop Taipei nightlife than anything to do with the curriculum. Hookups abound, snake-blood sake flows, and adult supervision is nonexistent. For the first time ever, Ever is discovering what freedom tastes like, and it is exhilarating.

published January 7, 2020

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