Last Tang Standing: The most hilarious, feel-good debut romcom you’ll read all year!

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Last Tang Standing: The most hilarious, feel-good debut romcom you’ll read all year!

Last Tang Standing: The most hilarious, feel-good debut romcom you’ll read all year!

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As fun as college stories are (and they are fun), I am an older millennial with A Career and I occasionally like reading about people like me. If cheating is a dealbreaker for you, please be advised that Suresh is engaged for most of the book, and a secondary character has an affair with a married man. I loved the way the author shows how society, culture and family can influence in every decision you make, how Andrea struggles so much with herself and everything she had been taught just to be herself and doing what she thought was right. Andrea is one of the few unmarried women in her generation and she’s envious of her wealthier and more settled relatives.

Meanwhile, Suresh keeps pushing Andrea to talk about their attraction, but he doesn’t end his engagement. Andrea is such a likeable protagonist, both incredibly hardworking and accomplished but also so human.

And despite nobody mentioning or even subtly implying the author as being the one behind the account, they are very quick to reassure they are definitely, absolutely NOT Lauren Ho and they, like Mariah, don't know her. The book is really about Andrea's quest to "have it all" in career and love, and how she ultimately discovers what she wants in life. Andrea’s nuclear family stands out from her wealthy extended family because her father is dead, and her mother’s upper middle-class income meant they sometimes relied on their relatives for big purchases. The impossible demands of their folks with their "tiger parenting", they had to find ways to tweak tradition and use them in their personal favor.

There were heartfelt moments where I actually shed some tears, especially when the characters started to show their supports to one another. Aside from the racism and Islamophobia, this book also delightfully provides fat-shaming/body-shaming, internalized misogyny (feat. So here we go the story of Andrea, age 33, the lone unmarried member of her generation in the Tang Clan being labeled by her relatives as a lost girl (敗犬) despite her successful career as a corporate lawyer. I love how Lauren unfolds the story and introduces each of the characters smoothly into Andrea's life.

We follow the diary entries of Andrea Tang, early thirties, living in Singapore- trying to have it all, under the critical eye of her relatives, and meet the right kind of man before her (projected by her family) expiration date. There’s a moment where Andrea talks about her friend catching her husband giving another man a blowjob, takes pictures, and then because she’s “heartbroken but not stupid” she uses those pics as leverage in her divorce. The format of the book is written as Andrea's diary and it was very entertaining from beginning to end. The author says this book is anti-racist because of the interracial relationships but casual racism is still racism to me.

This book was fun, thoroughly entertaining, eye-opening, and full of real-life wisdom any woman can relate to. There are a few, of course, that you just want to see stabbed in the heart, but that kept things interesting too. Family will always come first especially the expectations of parents, that a slight mistake may just make you a disappointment and you truly have to fight for what you love.Lauren Ho’s irresistible Last Tang Standing sparkles with that perfect match of hilarity and heart on every page. Crazy Rich Asians meets Bridget Jones’s Diary in this funny and irresistible debut novel about the pursuit of happiness, surviving one’s thirties intact, and opening oneself up to love. Told in diary form, we see Andrea’s at times self-destructive life as she attempts to balance work and her love life. Wouldn’t she rather spend her golden years discovering exciting new prescription drugs or the cerebral delights of reality TV? Hailing from Malaysia, she is currently based in Singapore, where she’s ostensibly working on her next novel while attempting to parent.

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