Review: Book: Golden Girl- Kailin Gow

Title: Golden Girl

Series: Golden Girl #1

Author’s Name: Kailin Gow


Genre: YA

Page Count: 109 Pages

ISBN:  979-8673383216

Author or Book Website:

Link to Amazon purchase page: Golden Girl: Growing Up Teenage and Taiwanese in California (Golden Girl Series Book 1) eBook: Gow, Kailin: Kindle Store

Link to Goodreads: Golden Girl: Growing Up Teenage and Taiwanese in California: A Fictional Memoir Based Loosely on Kailin Gow by Kailin Gow | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

It is the year before her last year of junior high as an 8th grader, and 14 year-old, almost 15 Kailin is helping her best friend, Marcus, a black gay friend, practice basketball drills so he can make the tryouts for the basketball team for 9th grade. He agrees to try out only if she agrees to try out for the cheerleading team. Together they agree to try out for teams known to never have the first Taiwanese American girl on the squad and black guy on the basketball team in a mostly white neighborhood in 1980s Southern California. At the same time, Kailin is suddenly bombarded with her own culture shock trying to be both American and Taiwanese. But most surprising of all, she experiences what it is like to have a crush, and then suddenly, what it was like to be the object of a crush….

Golden Girl is a fictional memoir that is heavily based on author Kailin Gow, who is known as a digital book pioneer, an author success story on Amazon’s homepage, and for her fictional and non-fiction books featuring a strong female main character.

Growing up in Southern California near Hollywood has its privileges and fun stories that are iconic to the area. Growing up as a teen with Taiwanese heritage is another thing.

If you like Fresh Off the Boat, Crazy Rich Asian, and other Asian-American lit that portrays Asians in America as somewhat crazy, you will enjoy this one…from a female point of view and from an author known for standing up to the norm. Be prepared for breaking of stereotypes, kung fu influences, references to Bruce Lee, and hilarious stories that are true, but was made fiction here to protect the guilty and embarrassed.

Golden Girl may be the one to shattered your not-so-concrete view of what being teenaged and Taiwanese means growing up in Southern California near Hollywood in the 1980s.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I was so excited to read this book and opened it up on my Kindle and got comfy for it was a short read but it was a chance to get to know a little more about one of the authors I enjoy. There were moments that made me laugh, that I got angry, and surprised. I was born in the 80’s. It does make me want to see what is going to come next. A little window into Kailin’s life. I enjoyed and helps me see the joy of writing and discovery.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

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