After dedicating years as a speechwriter for a Philippine senator, Ben Cacho suddenly finds himself in the midst of a political scandal, thrown under the bus and out of a job.
Sefia’s childhood was not like most. Growing up, she and her parents stayed under the radar and they taught her what to do in case anything ever happened to them. And when something does happen — a few years after her mother died from illness, her father is brutally murdered — she flees to the wilderness with her aunt Nin.
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Well, another year is coming to a close and with that, (at least for me) another year’s worth of reading has come and gone — in short, a lot of books. Here, I’ve narrowed it down, in no particular order, to my top 10 reads of 2018. Happy holidays […]
By Samantha PakNorthwest Asian Weekly I’m OkBy Patti KimAtheneum Books for Young Readers, 2018 Ok Lee needs to make some money fast. His father is gone and there’s only his mother’s income to help pay the bills. And with his mother working multiple jobs, Ok knows he needs to do his part to help make […]
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Sail Away with Me By Susan Fox Zebra, 2018 Aside from her years at the university in Vancouver, B.C., Iris Yakimura has spent her entire life on Destiny Island. And that’s how she has wanted it. Painfully shy and introverted, the avid romance reader spends her days working at […]
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Severance By Ling Ma Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018 As a 20-something living in New York, Candace Chen is living month-to-month, just trying to get by. The first-generation Chinese American has recently lost her parents and spends her life working at a publishing company, specifically troubleshooting the Gemstone Bible, […]
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly “The Way You Make Me Feel” By Maureen Goo Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018 Clara Shin doesn’t take life too seriously. For her, it’s all about pranks and disrupting the status quo. But when one of her pranks goes too far, her dad forces her to spend her summer […]
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly Go By Kazuki Kaneshiro, translated by Takami Nieda AmazonCrossing, 2018 As a Korean student attending a Japanese high school, Sugihara has been in (and won) his fair share of fights with bullies who have targeted him for his ethnicity. But then he falls in love with Sakurai, a Japanese […]
By Joshua Holland NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY In a world full of seemingly increased shared prosperity and more opportunities, life for people today is better than ever. Increasingly however, in the wake of high profile suicides of beloved celebrities like Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, who on the surface seemed to have it all, many have […]
By Samantha Pak Northwest Asian Weekly The Kiss Quotient By Helen Hoang Berkley, 2018 For Stella Lane, math is everything and her job of coming up with algorithms to predict customer purchases has given her more money than she knows what to do with, but not enough experience in the dating department. So when her […]