Epic Crush of Genie Lo (Hardcover)

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Colleges are always looking for well-rounded students, but re-incarnated weapon of Sun Wukong and present-day demon fighter probably isn’t what they had in mind… When the Monkey King, disguised as a transfer student named Quentin, shows up at Genie’s school demanding she turn into a stick that he can hit things with, her already precariously balanced school-life balance falls apart. Genie wants nothing more than to escape the bubble of Silicon Valley, but how can she stay on top of her Ivy League application when demons and gods from Chinese folklore keep appearing on her front porch demanding she save the world? Genie’s story is humorous and, despite the shapeshifting demons, incredibly relatable in how she deals with the competing pressures of being the perfect student, friend, and daughter.

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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.

About the Author

F. C. Yee grew up in New Jersey and studied economics at Brown University. For his debut novel, he drew inspiration from the best and wisest people in his life. Outside of writing, he practices capoeira, a Brazilian form of martial arts. He currently calls the San Francisco Bay Area home.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781419725487
ISBN-10: 1419725483
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: August 8th, 2017
Pages: 336
Language: English