The Boy You Always Wanted

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$19.99  $18.59
Katherine Tegen Books
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5.5 X 8.4 X 1.3 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Michelle Quach is a graphic designer and writer living in Los Angeles. She's Chinese Vietnamese American and a graduate of Harvard University, where she studied history and literature. You can find her online at


"Michelle Quach's effortlessly flowing prose is steeped in love and kindness. Readers will rejoice as they witness Francine and Ollie movingly come to accept their families, each other, and most important, themselves. Totally in love with this novel." -- Loan Le, author of A Pho Love Story

"Quach shines with this fresh and layered story that is both a coming-of-age journey and a first-love romance. Themes of familial obligations and filial piety are prevalent and are handled with humor, deftness and care. A page-turner from start to finish!" -- Suzanne Park, author of Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous

"Insightful and emotionally resonant." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Quach spins, via Francine and Ollie's alternating perspectives, an emotionally raw portrait of two seemingly opposite teens as they come together to help alleviate each other's personal challenges and grow romantically closer in the process." -- Publishers Weekly

"Quach does a good job with her empathetic characters as their perspectives alternate, and the seamless introduction of elements of Chinese Vietnamese culture is a bonus." -- Booklist

PRAISE FOR NOT HERE TO BE LIKED: "A fresh take on high school and activism." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A great feminist read." -- San Francisco Book Review

"Not Here to Be Liked is a truly excellent book." -- NPR Books