The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

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The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie's every waking thought. But when she discovers she's a celestial spirit who's powerful enough to bash through the gates of heaven with her fists, her perfectionist existence is shattered. Enter Quentin, a transfer student from China whose tone-deaf assertiveness beguiles Genie to the brink of madness. Quentin nurtures Genie's outrageous transformation-sometimes gently, sometimes aggressively-as her sleepy suburb in the Bay Area comes under siege from hell-spawn. This epic YA debut draws from Chinese folklore, features a larger-than-life heroine, and perfectly balances the realities of Genie's grounded high school life with the absurd supernatural world she finds herself commanding.
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2017.
ISBN: 9781683351221
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The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie's every waking thought. But when she discovers she's a celestial spirit who's powerful enough to bash through the gates of heaven with her fists, her perfectionist existence is shattered.

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Oct 25, 2020

I loved this book, but it may be a little confusing if you don't know basic Chinese mythology. Anyway, Genie is so funny! And I love how the villain is so surprising. Great book!

Sep 05, 2020

I loved this book! Quentin and Genie add some humor to all the demon chasing and the plot is great! I couldn’t put this book down! Hope the second book is as good as this one.

JessicaGma Aug 18, 2020

This was a hoot - nothing like being the reincarnation of the Monkey King's magic weapon. The shenanigans during school are hilarious and Genie is perfection in trying to figure out the truth behind the New Kid at school. VERY FUN!

ArapahoeLauraRose Mar 10, 2020

I love a protagonist whose answer to life's problems--homework, creepy boys, demons--is "PUNCH IT!" Genie is so much fun. Quentin, too! I laughed, I cheered, I punched the air in triumph. I also love stories which bring traditional folktales into the modern world: no one expects the Monkey King and and the Ruyi Jingu Bang to fight demons in a Bay Area high school! I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.

Jun 22, 2019

Though the plot was interesting, Genie and Quentin both really annoyed me, which took away from my enjoyment of this book.

Feb 06, 2019

This was a fun book.

IndyPL_KaseyP Nov 14, 2018

For fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or Chinese mythology, this is a must read! Genie Lo is hilarious and incredibly relatable, despite supernatural beings doing their very best to botch her high school experience. It's hard to get into a good Ivy League school while battling demons of the Ten Hells. Equally hard to study when the Monkey King starts flirting with you. Highly Recommend!

Aug 24, 2018

Really unique twist on Chinese mythology, me being Asian it was really satisfying to read a book with Asian main characters who kick butt.
The style of writing from f.c yee is unlike anything I’ve read before.
The epic crush of Genie Lo was unexpectedly funny, heartfelt Andy relatable.

Jul 20, 2018

This book is really one of a kind, and a book I really enjoyed reading. The story starts off very well, it was bold and capturing, and it really gave me a good first impression of the book. The plot keeps moving along, and the author notes many everyday problems North American families face day to day, which makes it easily relatable. Near the end the plot line does get a bit boring and I found it a bit hard to follow, but at the very end everything was nicely wrapped up. Overall a great book, and I recommend it to those who like a good fantasy read.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is an interesting novel that really spoke to me. The book was very clear, and I happened to enjoy the book very much. The diversity among the characters made them much more lifelike. This novel showed an excellent perspective of an Asian teen going through high school with the pressure of perfection and high expectations. The novel educated me in Chinese mythology and had a strong female character grow and realize that grades are not everything in life. The school life part of the book blended with the fantasy part quite nicely. Overall, an excellent book with lots of potential. The book had a few flaws that did not really affect the actual material but were noticeable. It did not feel entirely original because it felt a lot like a book from the Percy Jackson series but from an Asian perspective. The story plot went by too fast and it threw too much information at the reader in the middle of the plot. The conclusion felt quick and rushed like the book just wanted to end. However, it did wrap everything up nicely and made a good conclusion that left me wondering. I left off craving for more and I would really enjoy a sequel. - Muntaqim

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is excellent book that encompasses Chinese mythology and includes a strong female protagonist. The plot revolves around A kickass Chinese-American named Genie Lo, a snarky overachiever who dreams of attending Harvard in her future. She was living a normal life until she met the new transfer student named Quentin Sun. Quentin is not out of the ordinary if you choose to ignore the fact that he is the living incarnation of the fierce Chinese deity Sun Wukong, better known as the Monkey King. Quentin came to warn Genie that demons from Chinese mythology have escaped Hell and it's up to them to protect Earth. As one might expect she did not take this news well, but throughout the story Genie discovers that she has powers that rival the gods and with Quentin's help they have a chance at returning the demons to whence they came. There are many things that I liked about this book such as the use of Chinese Mythology because I find it very uncommon in fiction novels compared to Greek or Norse mythology. Genie was an excellent MC with relatable goals and life problems, however I did have some problems with the book. Some of these problems included the action scenes which were quick to end and the romantic tension of the love triangle was somewhat bland. The overall quality of the book was good with strong characters nonetheless. There is excellent irony and plot twists that I didn't see coming as well. The overall conflict was straight forward, but the humour gave the book some witty vibes. I would recommend this book for mythology fanatics and people who enjoy stories of a strong protagonist learning about themselves and the people around them.

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Jul 20, 2018

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Genie Lo might seem like an ordinary girl: an Asian who lives in the Bay Area, goes to an extremely prestigious prep school, plays volleyball, and is really only focused on getting into an Ivy League School. However, her life is turned upside down, when she meets the mythical Monkey King Reincarnate, Quentin, who claims in her previous life Genie was a magical object with whom he used to beat monsters with. Hearing this, Genie had no desire to be a part of his mythical task force and kill demons. But, after many long quarrels she finally gave in and suddenly had to focus all of her time on killing yaoguai ( mythical Chinese monsters), and summoning her inner power that is according to Quentin, “strong enough to level the gates of Heaven.” I found this book to be hilarious, as Genie was a very angry character, while Quentin was the one who came up with witty remarks or snarky comments. However, I felt the plot went by too quickly, and although everything did come to a close, it was very fast paced. Many teens can relate to Genie in an insurmountable amount of ways, and I think thats what makes this book so great. Highly recommended for people who enjoy historical fiction, mythology, and strong female leadership. - Tej


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