Loveboat, Forever

Loveboat, Forever
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November 07, 2023
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Return to the sparkling world of Loveboat, this time with Pearl Wong, on an entirely new, romantic, whirlwind adventure from Abigail Hing Wen, New York Times bestselling author of Loveboat, Taipei, streaming now on Paramount+ (adaptation titled Love in Taipei). 
Pearl was ready for a worldwide stage. Instead, she needs to stage a comeback.

Seventeen-year-old music prodigy Pearl Wong had the summer of her dreams planned—until a fall from grace leaves her in need of new plans…and a new image.

Where better to revamp her “brand” than at Chien Tan, the Taipei summer program for elite students that rocketed her older sister, Ever, on a path to romance and self-fulfillment years ago.

But as the alumni know, Chien Tan is actually Loveboat—the extravagant world where prodigies party till dawn—and there’s more awaiting Pearl there than she could have ever imagined, like a scandalous party in the dark, a romantic entanglement with a mysterious suitor...and a summer that will change her forever.

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What worked: Satisfying conclusion to the coming-of-age romance set in Taipei. In this case, this story is about Pearl, the sister of Ever. Pearl is a music prodigy whose heart is set to attend the Apollo, an exclusive New York Summer Symphony. After a social media blowup, Pearl is canceled from the school. But she finds a chance to regroup by attending Chien Tan, the infamous 'loveboat' in Taipei.

What's fun about this trilogy is readers are able to see students at a summer school that embraces their Asian culture and the other parts that come along with it. The school isn't called the loveboat for nothing! There's hook-ups, parties, sneaking out into the city at night, heartbreaks, love connections, and more.

Pearl knows about the history of the school from her sister. She tries to follow her manager's advice and hang low so she can repair her reputation, but fate has other plans for her.

I really liked the cultural part of this book where Pearl learns that an ancestor of hers was famous for playing a traditional instrument. She goes on a hunt to find the instrument that went missing after her ancestor fled the country during a war. Pearl finds pride in her culture and who she is along the way.

There's also a love triangle. Ethan, another famous music prodigy and the elusive Kai with his own secrets. Add to that the secret dark parties and the hunt for a guy at the masked event who kissed her.

There's a lot of growth readers see in Pearl. She goes to the summer school feeling wronged to discover the truth about her own family and finally embrace that part of herself. She also learns to stand up for what she truly wants and not just fit in within the lines. Pearl finds her voice.

Sweet romance set in Taipei.
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