Book Review : American Panda




I want to thank the publisher for providing me with this copy via Netgalley, this hadn’t influenced my review/rating in any way.

This is probably one of the cutest books I’ve ever read, even though it had some sad themes here and now. I enjoyed reading everything from Mei’s perspective because she’s a very relatable character and I could understand her reasoning for everything she did. My heart broke for her a few times, but at the end I was so proud of her, of what she achieved.


Positive Aspects 


  • Family was the main focus here, I just love these books where parents are involved in their children’s lives because it’s so much relatable. My parents are very overprotective as well, they aren’t controlling as Mei’s parents were, but they call me daily, they worry a lot, college is a very interesting experience to see how the familial connections evolve and develop.
  • We actually get to hear Mei talk about her classes, she struggles with her college experience because she isn’t satisfied with the path her parents chose for her to become a doctor. We see her try to find an alternative, even though she’s afraid of what her parents will say about that.
  • The romance was absolutely cute!!! I adored it! Darren was such a supportive boyfriend and he tried so hard, I especially came to love him when he met Mei’s mother and you could see how much he was trying to help Mei with her hard situation.
  • It’s such a funny book, I swear I was laughing so many times – especially at Mei’s mother’s texts – they were hilarious, but yet made me sad because they showed how much internalized sexism her mother held. I was so happy when Mei managed to teach her to be more understanding of herself and other women too.
  • I loved the friendships, even though they were very subtle and weren’t the focus of the novel, they were still so important. I love women supporting other women, even if they are very different.
  • the cover is the most adorable panda-ish thing I’ve ever seeeen, byeeeee.
  • such a diverse book, loved that!



Negative Aspects


  • The only thing I didn’t like was how I felt like the last part of the book happened a bit too fast – it was kind of anti-climatic. I wish there was more time for the conflicts to unfold and be solved or not.
  • And there were some plot-lines that after I finished the book felt a bit unnecessary, they weren’t bad, it’s just that if there weren’t there, the book wouldn’t be very different from now.
  • I don’t have much to complain about, to be honest. I think the book is amazing and I’m happy about how diverse the book, I’m thrilled about how many people will see themselves in Mei’s journey.



All in all, this book is adorable and you have high chances to enjoy this one if you like relatable characters, complex family dynamics, girls supporting girls, cute romances and achieving your dreams.



Did you read American Panda? If you did, did you enjoy it? 

If you haven’t, is it on your TBR pile? 


20 thoughts on “Book Review : American Panda

    • Marta says:

      Thank you very much! ❤
      I agree that it had everything – hilarious themes, but also so sad. Same here, I think it would have been great if it continued for a bit because the beginning was a bit slow and then everything happened so fast.

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  1. Kat Impossible says:

    Oh, I love books that focus on family! I love that I hear more and more reviews referencing that as an aspect, because maybe the publishing industry is listening to us a little bit? XD
    But I hear you on wanting more in the end. I’ve had a couple books like that and it is important not to rush that part of a story. Great review!

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    • Marta says:

      YES! I love them so much, maybe because I’m such a family-oriented person? But I just adore whenever parents are actually present in the books, even if the relationship is a bit strained. Also, siblings!!!
      I feel like this would have been a sure 5 stars read if it wasn’t so abrupt. Thank you so much, Kat!!! ❤

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    • Marta says:

      I’ve seen so many great reviews on this one, that’s part of why I requested it! I’m sorry you didn’t, I hope you get to read it sometime soon nonetheless! ❤


  2. Marie says:

    Lovely review, Marta – you perfectly summed up how I felt about this book haha. I loved the family aspect of this and there were moments that definitely made me laugh. The romance was very cute, Darren was such an adorable love interest ❤ ❤
    We really have the same bookish taste, don't we?? haha. I LOVE IT. 🙂


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