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Last Tang Standing

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This was a fun, light, and humorous book, very much in line with Crazy Rich Asians. A good readalike.

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Andrea works hard, striving to make partner at the law firm. She has a fun group of friends, a rivalry with her office-mate, and strong family expectations of marriage. Fun romance with laugh-out-loud moments.

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I didn't finish this book, I didn't hate nor love it. I think you should give it a try but i didn't really read enough for form a solid opinion.

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It took me a few tries to get through Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho. It just wasn't a fit for me. With some Crazy Rich Asian vibes, it was just too ostentatious and escapist for me. There's some humorous dialogue but not enough plot development to keep me interested.

Thanks to Putnam books for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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This is a great book about finding yourself in the midst of life's chaos. I love the fact that she is trying to find her happiness while still trying to stay afloat with everything else in her life.

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The tag line "Crazy Rich Asians meets Bridget Jones' Diary" is pretty much spot-on. Your mileage may vary, but man, I can't stand Bridget Jones. Andrea Tang's family is unbelievably unsupportive, treating her as a commodity and not listening to her very real concerns about the man they've chosen for her. Meanwhile, the gent they wouldn't accept? Kind of charming. If Andrea can stand up to her family and stand up for her own choices, she can ensure her own happily ever after. But it's not a straightforward shot. Give this one to people who leap at the tag line.

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I am sorry for not reviewing fully but I don’t have the time to read this at the moment. I believe that it wouldn't benefit you as a publisher or your book if I only skimmed it and wrote a rushed review. Again, I am sorry for not fully reviewing!

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Was not able to get to read this in time, but I've heard good things about it. My library definitely bought it and is going to be an interesting addition of diversity to our collection.

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I really enjoyed this book. I laughed out loud a lot. I mean her mom was pretty brutal and what she had to go through wasn't funny. But the book itself is a funny one.

Andrea is 33 and living in Singapore. She isn't married or even in a relationship and her Mom nor family is very happy about it.

This book is kind her Andrea's journey of finding what she wants out of life and it was sad and touching while also being hilarious.

I loved that her romantic interests were both good guys so it made it hard to choose. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.

Thanks to Netgalley and penguin group Putnam for this eARC.

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Fun, laugh out loud and enjoyable rom-com. The book is in a diary format. Andrea Tang, an 30 year old woman living in Singapore deals with her recent break up from her boyfriend. This leaves her family disappointed. The book some deeper topics such as gender inequality and micro-aggressions. Andrea navigates through work, family, love and friendship.

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As an entire book, I enjoyed it. As a romance story, not so much. This was an extremely slow burn, and it’s a lengthy book. ⁣

It’s described as a mixture of Crazy Rich Asians and Bridget Jone’s Diary and it is. Andrea Tang is educated, an amazing lawyer, however, she has the audacity to be single in her early 30’s according to her family. Well here comes her family to remind her that no matter how smart and successful she is, she is SINGLE! ⁣

However, what I didn’t enjoy was the tedious inner monologue that kept coming at me in a dear diary form. Like who writes how many times they go to the restroom through out their day? Umm, yeah... anyways overall the challenges that come with being a dutiful daughter as a Chinese-Malaysian was great storytelling. Her personal life was not kind of slow for me.

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This was such a fun book. It had Crazy Rich Asian vibes, but written like Bridget Jones' Diary. I love diary-style stories because it feels more intimate and quirky at the same time. You get to see how Andrea's inner brain and it seemed really scattered lol.

I also loved that there wasn't a clear person she was interested in. There were a few prospects, but my favorite part was seeing her go through them rather than be attracted to one person only. It really felt like it imagined real world dating and put it into a book. She even uses apps like Tindr to find dates!

There wasn't much conflict in this one. Yeah, there were situations here and there that came up to move the story forward, but nothing too heavy that Andrea couldn't bounce back from. Many of the situations had a clear resolution, so you weren't too concerned for too long.

Overall, a fun book to read and laugh with. Relatable to many of my family's own perspectives when it comes to dating and marriage. Will definitely read more from Lauren Ho in the future.

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Took me a while to get into this book but it ended up being way funnier and entertaining that what I expected. I discussed a lot more in depth in my reading vlog on my YT channel:

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Last Tang Standing is billed as being in the tradition of Bridget Jones's Diary, and there are a lot of parallels - it's told through diary entries by Andrea, whose self-sabotage drives much of the action.

Instead of an almost thirty white singleton in London, Andrea is a high-powered mergers and acquisitions lawyer in Singapore. She is of Chinese heritage, and her family is putting a LOT of pressure on her to marry. She has lots of dating disasters, which she balances with long hours at work and her determination to be made partner in her law firm.

Andrea can be pretty frustrating, which is likely part of the point. It's obvious that her most of her decisions are bad ones, and the ensuing aftermath is no big surprise. It's also obvious how the book is going to turn out, but it takes a loooong time to get to that conclusion.

The main draw of this story is the narrative voice, which is funny, gossipy, and full of snark. Even though Andrea can be annoyingly un-self-aware, she's what holds the story together.

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This book was described as “Crazy Rich Asians meets Bridget Jones’s Diary” and honestly, that could not have been more perfect. While the writing style being comprised of diary entries took a few chapters to acclimate to, I found this to be a very refreshing read! Being Chinese American, I always love reading books that discuss my own heritage because they’re always so fun and enlightening! There were many parts in this book that felt relatable and had me laughing out loud. (I just about died when there was talk about a red envelope Excel matrix!) Plus the characters were hilarious and so lovably quirky… even though there were times when I wanted to yell at two of them to just fall in love already! I also felt this book was important in other ways because it brought up cultural and familial pressures which I am sure so many people can connect with in some capacity. I thought Andrea was an excellent heroine as she both experienced these pressures, but was also strong and fought for what she wanted for herself. Anyways, if you are looking for a little escape read, I would check this one out!

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This one was okay, but took far too long to get into for it to be anything other than just fine. I know plenty of people really enjoyed this one so it might just not be for me.

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The synopsis of Crazy Rich Asians meets Bridget Jones’s Diary grabbed my attention right away, considering I loved them both!

I thought Last Tang Standing was a fun read, about a thirty-something lawyer going through a recent break up. She’s now the last in her Tang family to be married, which is a disappointment to her family.

There were plenty of laughable moments and I overall enjoyed this one!

*many thanks to Putnam and Netgalley for the gifted copy.

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So much fun. If you enjoyed Bridget Jones, this is even better - funny, and snarky and the perfect escape.

It’s been a long time since a book got me laughing out loud and cheering for the heroine this much.

Andrea Tang is completely relatable as a professional in her thirties with a lot going for her, but also dealing with the conditional love of her family who want to know why she hasn’t yet married an eligible man and popped out babies. Add in fierce competition for that precious partnership opportunity at work, some fun friendships, and the horrors of millennial dating, and an absolute gem of a book!

The diary format fits the story perfectly and let me indulge in giggling non-stop at Andrea’s inner monologue. One of the absolute best books released in 2020. This is also a story type that lends itself super well, to the audio format (which I also listened to).

Loved, loved, loved it!

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DNF @ 21%

Absolutely chaotic, and not in a good way. I don't make it a habit to DNF ARCs and I was interested in the interracial romance here between an East Asian woman and a South Asian man. But I just couldn't get through this book.

I tried the audiobook, but the narrator's voice was grating on my nerves. Then I switched to the ebook, which made me realize that it's in fact the writing style and the main character's voice that are not vibing with me. The heroine was irritating and the author was trying way too hard with the humour. Finally, given that this book is written in a epistolary format with diary entries, the play by play narration was incredibly repetitive and frustrating to get through.

thank u, next

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I loved, loved, loved this novel. Andrea Tang is so relatable-- her attempts to balance family expectations and work and relationships, plus her phone addiction (oh boy, does that ring true.) The short diary entry chapters made this a fun read-- much like a modern BRIDGET JONES, and I loved following the romantic travails of not only Andrea, but her cousin and friends as well. This was escapism at its finest. Really enjoyable.

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