Title: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo
Author: F.C. Yee
Date: August 8th 2017
Publisher: Amulet Books
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee is a Young Adult fantasy book about Genie, a Chinese girl living in the Bay Area, who is hoping to get into an Ivy League University and leave her small city. However, one day, there’s a new transfer student, Quentin, whom she had met an hour before, while trying to save him from being beaten to death.
Soon after, our protagonist finds out that she has to fight against demons from Chinese Hell, and the only one who can teach her how to wield her abilities is Quentin, who in reality is Sun Wukong, the Monkey King.
I loved this book, it was so hilarious and, even though Genie and Quentin’s relationship seems violent sometimes, I loved when they were together. They’re a force to be reckoned with, made of witty sentences, punches in the faces and a healthy dose of Chinese cartoon-ish action.
Genie was a kick-ass heroine I couldn’t stop myself from admiring. She’s incredibly tall and, when she can’t overcome someone through her intelligence, she uses brute force. She doesn’t seem a otherwordly girl who has to fight demons, the one who can do everything if she wants to, she’s also human: a high school girl who has to send college applications and study to get good grades. Someone who has dreams and a family and friends to protect.
Quentin is a short boy. Most times, he’s arrogant, but he’s kind, like Genie. He has spent many years fighting demons and now he has to teach Genie how to master her powers. I think we only saw the surface of this character I want to know more about.
When I finished the book, I was craving for more. It was like a drug. I can’t wait for 2018, it seems so far now.
I absolutely recommend this book, especially if you want to learn a little more about Chinese culture, as it is based on one of the most important mythical creature in Chinese religion. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
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About the author
F. C. Yee grew up in New Jersey and went to school in New England, but has called the San Francisco Bay Area home ever since he beat a friend at a board game and shouted “That’s how we do it in NorCal, baby!” Outside of writing, he practices capoeira, a Brazilian form of martial arts, and has a day job mostly involving spreadsheets.