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Loathe At First Sight: A Novel Paperback – 23 October 2020
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"[A] punchy adult debut set in the world of video game design. Park makes tough topics go down easy by couching them in wry humor and lighthearted romance, and her fierce, snarky heroine is irresistible. This smart rom-com is a winner."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A genuinely funny and charismatic heroine shines in Loathe At First Sight, the delightful and eye-opening debut adult novel by Suzanne Park. Park -- a former stand-up comedian -- negotiates her energized plot masterfully... a multi-layered happy-ever-after."--NPR
Park has created a wholly original, smart, fierce heroine (with a hilarious inner voice) who takes on an industry hell-bent on underestimating her...Just like the "entertaining, fresh, snarky" video game she conjures in her novel, Suzanne Park has written a fast and fun debut, putting females in the lead.--Amy Poeppel, author of Musical Chairs and Small Admissions
"Melody's characterization and voice shine throughout. Smart, punchy, and memorable."--Library Journal
"Park's first book for adults is a funny and feminist geek novel... Readers into both gaming and women's fiction will scramble for this fast-paced charmer."--Booklist
"Loathe at First Sight bursts with humor, heart, and great energy. I loved it! Park is a hilarious new voice in women's fiction."--Helen Hoang, author of The Kiss Quotient
"Hilarious and poignant, Park's debut sparkles as a great addition to the new voices of the rom com renaissance."
--Roselle Lim, author of Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune
"Park gives us the story that only she could create. It's hilarious, smart, and the rom-com we need!"--Alexa Martin, ALA Award-winning author of Intercepted
About the Author
Suzanne Park is a Korean-American writer who was born and raised in Tennessee. As a comedienne, she was selected to appear on BET's Coming to the Stage. Suzanne was also the winner of the Seattle Sierra Mist Comedy Competition, and was a semi-finalist in NBC's Stand Up For Diversity showcase in San Francisco.
Suzanne graduated from Columbia University and received an MBA from UCLA. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, female offspring, and a sneaky rat that creeps around on her back patio. In her spare time, she procrastinates. Loathe at First Sight is her adult debut.
- Publisher : HarperCollins US (23 October 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062990691
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062990693
- Dimensions : 13.49 x 2.11 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 555,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mostly focusses on girl power and inequality in the workplace.
Don't get me wrong, LAFS is well written--in the technical sense. The main character, Melody, is a well-drawn twenty-something, Korean American, ambitious woman, whose parents want her to marry and make them grandparents post-haste. She, however, is more interested in happily living her single life with her two BFFs, eating junk and working hard at her new job in a gaming studio. But she is also quite judgmental, snarky and unnecessarily abrasive, while simultaneously being strangely passive at odd times and to a degree that's irksome and stretches credibility. All of which is a welcome departure from Dragon Lady or "model minority" stereotypes of Asian American characters. (I must note, as a non-Asian American, I found myself as someone else noted, a little distressed about the way she portrayed Melody's parents but I guess, it was okay? funny?) Anyway, my point is if instead of romance, you came to this book looking for a somewhat light-hearted glimpse into what it meant to be a woman in the sexist, vaguely-racist, male-dominated gaming industry, this *could* be the book for you. (That said, elements of it rang false to me, considering the book takes place in the post-#metoo era. It's hard to imagine the men described within could *legally* get away with as much as they do in this book- but I don't work in that industry so I digress). You might really like this book and Melody and her journey.
However, if you signed up for the "Loathe At First Sight" the title and cover art and blurb promise, prepare to be severely disappointed. While everything written on the back cover technically happens, the devil as they say, is in the details. For instance, that "loathing at first sight" relationship you're promised actually belongs to Melody and a fellow programmer, Asher, who is decidedly NOT the LI. And the LI, Nolan is a perfectly lovely person from his introduction in the story to the book's conclusion. While *Melody* misjudges him initially, but that's entirely her own issue (she's rude to him from the outset for no real reason and he never actually dislikes her for it--again *spoiler*).
Overall, my biggest issue with the story, the same as other reviews you will read is, again, that this story is NOT a romance. At best, this is a fun story of a young woman trying to make her way in an unfair, misogynistic gaming culture. The accompanying romance is an incidental B-plot. And I honestly believe Ms. Park's publisher does her a grave disservice by actively marketing it as such.