The Epic Crush Of Genie Lo by F. C. YeeThe Epic Crush Of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee

The Epic Crush Of Genie Lo

byF. C. Yee

Paperback | June 25, 2019

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Genie Lo is one among droves of Ivy-hopeful overachievers in her sleepy Bay Area suburb. When she’s not crushing it at volleyball, Genie is typically working on how to crack the elusive Harvard entry code. But when her hometown comes under siege from hellspawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are dramatically rearranged. Enter Quentin Sun, a mysterious new kid who becomes Genie’s guide to battling demons. While Genie knows Quentin only as an attractive transfer student, in another reality he is Sun Wukong, the mythological Monkey King incarnate. Suddenly, acing the SATs is the least of Genie’s worries. 
This epic debut draws from Chinese mythology, features a larger-than-life heroine, and perfectly balances the realities of Genie’s grounded Bay Area life with the absurd supernatural world she finds herself commanding.
F. C. Yee grew up in New Jersey and went to school in New England. His first book with Abrams, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, released in 2017 to critical acclaim and four starred reviews. He currently lives and writes in Denver, Colorado.
Title:The Epic Crush Of Genie LoFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.05 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1.05 inPublished:June 25, 2019Publisher:Amulet PaperbacksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1419732099

ISBN - 13:9781419732096

Appropriate for ages: 13


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Golly, this was fun. This is urban fantasy in a way that I haven't seen done before. In most urban fantasy novels, the guy is "dangerous" and broody and enigmatic and somehow, the heroine ends up irresistibly drawn to him, and he to her, even though they try to push each other away, or one tries to push the other away, or whatever. And okay, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo has some of that love-denial stuff in it, but it's done to such a comic effect that I can actually appreciate it. The two leading characters are great. Genie is a BS-free, hilariously snarky, self-aware, flawed heroine. Quentin is shorter than Genie by a lot (ROMANCE RULE BROKEN! :D) and is a lovably obnoxious, friendly bouncy-ball of a person. The romance between them is endearing, if a little accelerated around the middle of the book. Chinese folklore also isn't often explored in urban fantasy, but Yee brings it forth in a way that, in keeping with other elements of the story, is comic and makes it seem familiar. But this doesn't detract from the stakes and the sense of danger and power. Another thing that I really think I need to note is that the pacing is crisp, and the chapter/mid-chapter cutoff points are pitch-perfect: always leaving off on a zinger of a note, with no awkward transitions. A lot of authors don't execute those well, so kudos to Mr. Yee for pulling that off. Even though I really enjoyed this book, my absolute delight with it waned as it went on. It leaned a little too heavily on certain plot tropes, which contrasts with the rest of the story's originality. I'll definitely be checking out the sequel, though!
Date published: 2019-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Recommended!! I had so much fun reading this book. It was interesting, action-packed, and funny. This was the kind of book that had me smiling almost the entire time, and actually laughing out loud throughout. It was just so fun to read. I really really really hope that there will be a sequel! I want to read more about Genie!
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Action packed, funny and unique! With very odd Chinese folklore and Chinese language sprinkled throughout, this story was surprisingly easy to read! The author gave the characters authentic voices in regards to being a teenager today, especially when it came to the stress of preparing for a higher education. I like Genie Lo because of her quips and her need to do the right thing, even if begrudgingly. The story clipped along at a decent pace and the storyline was action packed and never boring!
Date published: 2017-08-04