David Tung Can't Have a Girlfriend Until He Gets Into an Ivy League College
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About the Author
Ed Lin is a journalist by training and the author of the Taipei Night Market series: Ghost Month, Incensed, and 99 Ways to Die; his literary debut, Waylaid; and the Robert Chow crime series set in 1970s Manhattan Chinatown. He is of Taiwanese and Chinese descent and is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards.
David Tung is a nerd-hero readers will cheer on to the end.--Marie Myung-Ok Lee
I cringed, I cheered, I wished this book had been there for me as a teen.--Jung Kim
Ed Lin's New Jersey is entirely Chinese American and way, way more complex and threatening than the Soprano's version of NJ. There are rich Chinese, really rich Chinese, Ivy League Chinese, super educated Chinese, and then there's David Tung who has never been on airplane, works in his family's Chinese restaurant, and ranks a shameful (according to his mother) number eight academically in his school. For Chinese American readers who survived high school, it's a hive-inducing horror movie from our past.--Shawn Wong
With tender and hilarious insight, Ed Lin offers an irresistible tale of first love, complete with swooning crushes, tongue-tied blunders, overbearing-but-well-meaning parents, and an outrageous cast of supporting characters only New York and New Jerseycan produce.--JJ Strong
You'll fall hard for David Tung, a high-achieving teen with a heart of gold. Lin writes with a keen sense of character; even the most minor characters spring alive off the page.--Sheba Karim
A beautifully observed, hilariously truthful, uplifting coming-of-age story that captures the heart and humanity of a Chinese American male teenager. I am impressed and inspired by Ed Lin's achievement and wish I could've read this book when I was in high school.--David Henry Hwang
[A]n updated coming of age story that brings hope to teens navigating the "in-between.--Susan Bloomberg-Kason "Asian Review of Books"
Ed Lin's YA-novel debut takes on coming-of-age in the Asian diaspora with a heartwarming and humorous exploration of race, class, young love, and the contradictory expectations of immigrant parents.--Jayne S. "Dear Author"
Ed Lin's new book David Tung Can't Have A Girlfriend Until He Gets Into An Ivy League College is an exploration of much more than dating. Through humor, the book explores identity, traditions, social expectations, and stereotypes through the lens of a suburban New Jersey high school student.--Editors "Teen Vogue"