Title/Judul: Rent a Boyfriend
Author/Penulis: Gloria Chao
Pub Date/Tanggal Terbit: 10th November 2020
Review copy from mtmctours , gloriachao, simoonteen
Chloe Wang is nervous to introduce her parents to her boyfriend, because the truth is, she hasn’t met him yet either. She hired him from Rent for Your ’Rents, a company specializing in providing fake boyfriends trained to impress even the most traditional Asian parents.
Drew Chan’s passion is art, but after his parents cut him off for dropping out of college to pursue his dreams, he became a Rent for Your ’Rents employee to keep a roof over his head. Luckily, learning protocols like “Type C parents prefer quiet, kind, zero-PDA gestures” comes naturally to him.
When Chloe rents Drew, the mission is simple: convince her parents fake Drew is worthy of their approval so they’ll stop pressuring her to accept a proposal from Hongbo, the wealthiest (and slimiest) young bachelor in their tight-knit Asian American community.
But when Chloe starts to fall for the real Drew—who, unlike his fake persona, is definitely not ’rent-worthy—her carefully curated life begins to unravel. Can she figure out what she wants before she loses everything?
Chloe Wang sangat gugup untuk memperkenalkan pacaranya kepada orang tuanya, karena sebenarnya, dia juga belum bertemu dengan pacarnya. Dia menyewa pacar dari Rent for Your ’Rents, sebuah perusahaan yang mengkhususkan diri dalam menyediakan pacar palsu yang dilatih untuk mengesankan bahkan orang tua paling tradisional di Asia.
Kecintaan Drew Chan adalah seni, tetapi setelah orang tuanya memutuskan dia karena putus kuliah untuk mengejar mimpinya, dia menjadi karyawan Rent for Your ’Rents untuk bertahan hidup. Untungnya, protokol pembelajaran seperti “Orang tua Tipe C lebih memilih gerakan yang tenang, baik hati, tanpa PDA” menjadi hal biasa baginya.
Ketika Chloe menyewa Drew, misinya sederhana: meyakinkan orang tuanya bahwa Drew \layak mendapatkan persetujuan mereka sehingga mereka akan berhenti menekannya untuk menerima lamaran dari Hongbo, bujangan muda terkaya (dan paling licin) di komunitas Asia-Amerika .
Tapi ketika Chloe mulai jatuh cinta pada Drew yang asli — yang, tidak seperti persona palsunya, jelas tidak ‘layak disewakan — kehidupannya yang diatur dengan cermat mulai terurai. Bisakah Chloe mencari tahu apa yang dia inginkan sebelum dia kehilangan segalanya?
Today I’m excited to participate in Rent a Boyfriend MTMC tour by @gloriacchao! To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets The Farewell in this incisive romantic comedy about a college student who hires a fake boyfriend to appease her traditional Taiwanese parents, to disastrous results, from the acclaimed author of American Panda. Out now from @simonteen!
I think many of you have known that I am fan of fake lover trope story and I also like American Panda so I am so excited about Rent a boyfriend and knew this book going to be page turner. And it is true.
What I did not expect that this book wraps the story
so beautiful, fun and insightful!
Without giving much spoiler, I like how the questions that raised when I started reading, all get answers at the ending.
And the chemistry between our couple is felt between pages. Their interaction remind me the excitement of falling in love.
I also like how the main characters are mature, cool headed. They knew what they want, assertive, and have a good communication skill. They also tried their best to understand other’s people point of view.
Sometimes you read a story where you rolled your eyes “Ugh! this problem can be solved easily if they talk to each other heart to heart, instead keep this misunderstanding for so long and draw conclusions in their head” and I am glad that I did not find those kind conflicts so I found this story is so refreshing!
Rent a boyfriend is also relatable story, especially among those
who live in household where the parent treat their child as property and source of proud and joy. The depiction of the children’s pain/dilemma when parent do not want to listen and think they know the best is so relatable.
Cue mother’s gothel’s “mother know best” ( Rapunzel ost) playing
If you are looking for book that have fake lover trope, page turner, have great ending, Asian-American rep, and do not sway away from heavy conversations, I totally recommend this book.
Have you read Rent a boyfriend?
What do you think about it? If you have not, is it on your TBR? 😊
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