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Fake Dates and Mooncakes
Publisher: Underlined / PRH
Pub Date: May 16th, 2023
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Heartstopper meets Crazy Rich Asians in this heartfelt, joyful paperback original rom-com that follows an aspiring chef who discovers the recipe for love is more complicated than it seems when he starts fake-dating a handsome new customer.
Dylan Tang wants to win a Mid-Autumn Festival mooncake-making competition for teen chefs—in memory of his mom, and to bring much-needed publicity to his aunt’s struggling Chinese takeout in Brooklyn.
Enter Theo Somers: charming, wealthy, with a smile that makes Dylan’s stomach do backflips. AKA a distraction. Their worlds are sun-and-moon apart, but Theo keeps showing up. He even convinces Dylan to be his fake date at a family wedding in the Hamptons.
In Theo’s glittering world of pomp, privilege, and crazy rich drama, their romance is supposed to be just pretend . . . but Dylan finds himself falling for Theo. For real. Then Theo’s relatives reveal their true colors—but with the mooncake contest looming, Dylan can’t risk being sidetracked by rich-people problems.
Can Dylan save his family’s business and follow his heart—or will he fail to do both?
5 Reasons to Read 'Fake Dates and Mooncakes'
1. Slow-heating romance:
It's a fake dating story that takes its time. The near-miss romantic moments making you yearn for Theo and Dylan to find their way to each other.
2. Diaspora culture preservation:
Examples of Chinese diaspora experiences are littered throughout the book as Dylan strives to preserve his culture and Theo grasps at the threads of his own via his connection with Dylan.
3. Positivity and productivity around grief:
The story journeys along an exploration of grief and the different ways we deal with that, whether it be mourning a death or another type of loss, but remains light-hearted and full of warmth.
4. Loveable, relatable characters:
Theo and Dylan are both sweet, wonderful characters. While they're not perfect, they're genuine and care deeply about those around them.
5. Quick, cute read:
Perfect for a day read, most of the topics are handled gently and Dylan's family is a delightfully, fun bunch.
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