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Sushi For One by Camy Tang Review

Hey guys!


I've got a really fun book review to share with you all today.


Unfortunately, I've had a crazy couple of weeks again lately, and so it took me much longer to finish this book than I anticipated.


However, I knew once I finally finished it that it was definitely a book I wanted to share with you all today on the blog.

Before I jump into my review, I wanted to take a moment to congratulate all the nominees and winners at this year's Christy awards. In particular, I'm so ecstatic that Becky Wade won in the Contemporary Romance category! You guys all know how much I looove her books, so I was so happy that her amazing talent was recognized.


If you're interested in seeing the list of nominees and winners, please check out The Christy Awards website.


And now let's jump right into the review


Sushi For One by Camy Tang:



Source: Church Library

Publisher: Zondervan

Publication Date: September 1st, 2007

Genre: Inspirational Fiction/ Chick Lit

Synopsis:

Lex Sakai’s family is big, nosy, and marriage-minded. When her cousin Mariko gets married, Lex will become the oldest single cousin in the clan. Lex has used her Bible study class on Ephesians to compile a huge list of traits for the perfect man. But the one man she keeps running into doesn’t seem to have a single quality on her list. It’s only when the always-in-control Lex starts to let God take over that all the pieces of this hilarious romance finally fall into place.

******synopsis taken from goodreads******
My Review:


Sushi For One is a witty, hysterically funny romance full of multi-cultural traditions, drool worthy food, and a sharp, three dimensional protagonist who will keep you glued to the developing story from page to page. Camy Tang really brings this original story to life with her well developed characters, crisp storytelling, and her references to the younger Asian culture growing up under the expectations of their elders.

Lex is not your typical do everything she's told young woman. She believes in what she believes in, and none of her circumstances throughout the course of the story really changes this. She's hard a traumatic incident in her past, and it's made her hesitant to trust any guy enough to start dating, and instead she throws herself into her favorite pastime, volleyball. Whether competing herself, or coaching her girl's volleyball team, Lex lives and breathes the sport, but finds herself in an unexpected dilemma when her Grandmother threatens to cut funding to the team she coaches unless she shows up with a boyfriend for her cousin's wedding.

Rather than give in to Grandma's demands, Lex begins a creative search to find a new sponsor for the team, and also chooses to leave the matchmaking up to her Heavenly Father, instead of her grandmother. She compiles a list from the book of Ephesians of the characters she's looking for in a perfect match, but she soon learns that God often takes us on unexpected detours on our journey, and life seldom works out according to our perfect plan.

I wasn't honestly sure what to expect when I picked this novel up, as I wasn't familiar with the author, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised. Lex was the kind of witty, confident protagonist I found myself wanting to root for, and I enjoyed reading about the way she was determined to keep pushing on no matter what obstacles were thrown her way. I actually liked Aidan right from the start, and the building chemistry between him and Lex was definitely one of the elements that made this story so intriguing from page to page. But in all actuality, even more so than the romance element, it was the familial connections and sense of responsibility that kept me wanting to come back for more. Growing up with certain expecations towards her elders makes Lex's situation that much more complicated, and I really enjoyed reading about the way Camy Tang made this such a prominent plot point. The reader is really treated to lots of insights and understandings of the Japanese and Chinese cultures, and the way that while Lex still aims to make her family a top priority, she also wasn't going to back down on what she truly believed in for the sake of keeping her family happy.

All in, Sushi For One is a refreshing, quirky romance with a heartwarming message, a kick butt protagonist, and enough hilarity and hi jinks to keep me entertained from start to finish. I gave it four out of five stars, and I recommend it to anyone who's looking for a humorous chick flick with a heroine you can root for, or for anyone who's looking for a mutli cultural inspirational read. I just give everyone the word of warning that you should not pick this book up while you're hungry, as the mouth watering descriptions of the yummy Asian cuisine will leave you wanting to order take out ASAP!

Thanks so much for reading guys! I hope you all have a great weekend, and I'll see you all again on Monday. 

This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The photo does not belong to me, and all rights to the respective owners. 

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