Miss Fortune Cookie
"I recommend this book because it makes the reader examine one’s own relationships. Sometimes, we have to decide what information to share with others and what to keep to ourselves.
For starters, Erin is conflicted about her friend, Mei who is too afraid to tell her mom she has a boyfriend because Mei’s mom feels that a boyfriend is a distraction from school. Erin has a knack for seeing both sides of the story. On the one hand, her friend may have found her one and only true love, but on the other hand, she feels that Mei has a duty toward following her mom’s advice. After all, Mei’s mom has made sacrifices for her daughter, and has Mei’s best interests at heart. She sees that her friend is torn between hurting her boyfriend and her mom. But Mei isn’t the only one keeping secrets.
It turns out that Erin has a few of her own. A while back, Erin and her other friend, Linny, made a pact that they would attend the same college and be roommates. But Linny doesn’t have the same ambitions to get into Ivy League schools as Erin. When Erin finds out that she is accepted to Harvard, she doesn’t want to let her friend down. She creates excuses to herself that her mom will be lonely if she moves so far away from home. In fact, the thought of letting her friend down is so great that she is willing to consider going to another school just to avoid a conflict. Deep inside she really wants to go to Harvard. It seems so simple to tell the truth, but it complicates how a friend or mom will react.
This is a clever story that encompasses not only friendship and love, but the boundaries of those relationships. Perhaps we all have double identities like Erin and Miss Fortune Cookie. I recommend this book because it makes the reader examine one’s own relationships. Sometimes, we have to decide what information to share with others and what to keep to ourselves. This book navigates its way through these murky issues in an interesting and entertaining way. Hopefully there will be a sequel so I can see what adventures Erin takes on in college!
Reviewed by Kathleen M. Purcell on November 15, 2012
Miss Fortune Cookie
- Publication Date: November 13, 2012
- Genres: Fiction
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
- ISBN-10: 0805089519
- ISBN-13: 9780805089516