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3.5 

Fake Dates and Mooncakes

By Sher Lee
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Publisher Description

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?

390 Reviews

3.5
Slightly Smiling Face
Likable charactersDescriptive writingEasy to readRealistic settingComing of agePredictable
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes
Diverse charactersLikable charactersEasy to readFast-pacedComing of ageRomantic
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“A look into Singaporean culture. Of course, this includes the amazing food that is shared. As a very white person who was raised in western European traditions in midwestern America, I knew nothing about Asian culture or traditions. This book, however, gave an amazing glimpse into their culture and traditions. Although this book leaned heavy on the tropes as far as the romance that was shared, I personally believe the author, Sher Lee, executed these tropes between two young men. I personally believe her use of the phrase that is shared throughout the book strengthens her execution of these tropes, providing nothing but an adorable romance that felt believable. Although I’m sad the book was so short and that it ended so quickly, the story felt complete and I felt like no detail was excluded. Thank you Dylan and Theo for giving me cultural information that could only be best understood through the love story of two amazing young men.”
Multi-layered charactersFast-paced
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes
Believable charactersDiverse charactersEasy to readOriginal writingAddictiveFast-pacedBeautiful settingComicalFeel goodRomantic

About Sher Lee

SHER LEE writes rom-coms and fantasy novels for teens. Fake Dates and Mooncakes is her debut. Like the main character, she has made mooncakes with her favorite aunt and has an abiding love for local street food (including an incredible weakness for xiao long bao). She lives in Singapore with her husband and two adorable corgis, Spade and Clover.

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