Like special fungus, your love will grow in strange places.
Title: Miss Fortune Cookie
Author: Lauren Bjorkman
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: November 13, 2012
Summary from Goodreads- Meet Erin. Smart student, great daughter, better friend. Secretly the mastermind behind the popular advice blog Miss Fortune Cookie. Totally unaware that her carefully constructed life is about to get crazy.
It all begins when her ex-best friend sends a letter to her blog—and then acts on her advice. Erin’s efforts to undo the mess will plunge her into adventure, minor felonies, and possibly her very first romance.
What’s a likely fortune for someone no longer completely in control of her fate? Hopefully nothing like: You will become a crispy noodle in the salad of life.
You know how sometimes, you can look at the ingredients to a recipe you’ve never tried, but know exactly how it’s going to taste? Well, for me, Miss Fortune Cookie was just like that. Okay, it was almost just like that, because it tasted even better than I thought it would!
Miss Fortune Cookie is the delightful, fun-filled story of Erin, an Irish girl living in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Erin is one of the most unique protagonists I’ve read all year. I was very intrigued by Erin’s desire to essentially be Chinese that was explored throughout the novel, which would make sense considering the reason Mei dumped her and the fact that she lives in Chinatown. Erin talked about her “Chinese heart” a lot, and for some reason that touched me in a very particular way. Another thing I loved about Erin was her incredible wit and charm; she’s one of the few book-smart female protagonists I’ve come across in young adult lit this year.
I found all the other characters in this book as equally lovable and unique as well, from Mei’s mildly oppressive mother Shufang (or Shoe Fang, depending on who you’re talking to) to Lincoln, the precocious and frighteningly charming nine-year-old who Weyland and Erin take under their wing near the end of the book.
I think this book will appeal to anyone who enjoys a quick-moving plot and intelligent humor. For adults, it will simply be a delightful story about growing up. For college students, it will remind them of the college search they’ve put behind them and all the drama that went along with it, and for high school students, it will put a fun spin on the struggles the will or are currently facing.
In short, I was completely amazed by this book. It was heartwarming and made me laugh out loud at some parts (it takes a lot to make me laugh out loud while reading). Miss Fortune Cookie is an honest, smart, and funny treat of a book from an author I’ll be watching out for from now on.