Jisu's traditional South Korean parents are concerned by what they see as her lack of attention to her schoolwork and her future. Working with Seoul's premiere matchmaker to find the right boyfriend is one step toward ensuring Jisu's success, and going on the recommended dates is Jisu's compromise to please her parents while finding space to figure out her own dreams. But wh...
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29 Dates Reviews
I wanted to love this book. Years ago I read Melissa de la Cruz's Fresh off the Boat and loved it. I've been waiting for her to write another book with an Asian protagonist that measures up since. Sadly the vast majority of the leads in her novels are white. But that's an entirely different discussion for another time.
I was so happy when Netgalley approved me for an arc of 29 Dates. Finally a teen book featuring an Asian girl and a fully Asian one not a half white one chasing white boys. Two po ...more
What I most enjoyed about this book is that it allowed me to learn more about Korean culture through the lens of the dating misadventures of a teenage girl.
The 29 dates referred to in the title are seons, meetings set up by a matchmaker to see to introduce a couple with proper social backgrounds in hopes that they will hit it off. Jisu doesn’t really want to spend time looking for a potential boyfriend; she’s got enough on her plate with finishing high school and applying to college. Ho ...more
Ji-su is a 17 year old girl from Seoul Korea. She is about to begin her last year of high school, but her grades are not up to her parents standards. During the summer she has been ordered to go on Dates, arranged by a matchmaker hired by her parents. One night she decides to cancel a date and go to a club with friends to see a bunch of bands. When she comes home her parents break the news, she must go to America where she might excell in the laxed atmosphere and without the distractions of her ...more
Jisu’s parents are not happy with her grades or her plans for college. They have been working with a matchmaker to find her the right boyfriend in order to set her up for a successful future. After Jisu gets a C on a test and skips one of her dates to be with her friends, her parents decide to send her to San Francisco to finish her senior year. They hope the change in scenery will be just what Jisu needs to strengthen her academics and find the perfect boy. Will Jisu get into an acceptable coll ...more
29 Dates by Melissa de la Cruz is an adorable romantic comedy that's sure to elicit many giggles from its' readers. However, the book lacks the depth required to be truly memorable, and like many within its' genre, falls into the trap of silly twists and unlikely happenstance in its' second half.
This book tells the story of Jisu, a talented photographer and student of one of South Korea's most elite high schools. While Jisu is happy to float her way through life, spending time with her friends a ...more
I received this copy thru a Goodreads giveaway. I think the concept was interesting and and showing snippets form her 29 dates scattered throughout the book was a good idea. My issue is some of the dates were boring (possibly on purpose) and I found myself skipping them because I already knew none of the dates were going to work out until we get to date #29. Speaking of which early on I figured out who was going to be date #29 and so I just wanted to get to that part of the book.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Jisu was devastated, when her parents shipped her off to San Francisco in hopes that she could perform better in an American school, but they may have given her the greatest gift, since her new environment did yield some stellar results.
• Pro: Jisu was easy to like and root for. My heart broke, when her whole life was uprooted, but I admired the way she took it in stride, and also commended her on fulfilling her filial duties. Beside being under the standard pressure to get into ...more
My Review: This book was so adorable. I thought that the middle snippets of her dates were going to take away from the story at large but after a few chapters, I was actually looking forward to reading how each one went. This book was unlike anything I have ever read and it felt very diverse with the characters. I loved learning more about Korean Culture (even though the author notes that she took liberties with the matchmaking dates) and I really hope that De La Cruz does another story set in a ...more