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Mismatch by Lensey Namioka


by Lensey Namioka

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This inoffensive romance for young teens has a twist: can cultural prejudices within a race doom a blossoming relationship? Sue and Andy meet in the school orchestra and are immediately drawn to each other. Sue is of Chinese descent and Andy is of Japanese background. In their predominantly white high school, everyone assumes they would naturally go together. But their classmates aren't aware that a deep-seated history between China and Japan negatively influences the views of Sue's and Andy's parents. Being American-born, Sue and Andy don't have a problem with each other but how can they persuade their parents, especially Sue's Grandma Mei? At times, I found the teen dialogue awkwardly formal (I don't hear teens saying "I'm Chinese American" or "He's Caucasian" as much as they would say "I'm Chinese" or "he's white."), but otherwise it brings up a topic that many teens would identify with or be intrigued by. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
I think that this book is a really good book to read because of the topic-love. It is a story about a pair of couple who faces some problems based on their own country's history. This story connects history to present day love. I would love to recomment this book to teenagers. ( )
  Sharonpx2014 | Feb 6, 2009 |
Juliet: Chinese;

Romeo: Japanese--two kids

fight family feud.
  librarianlk | Jul 11, 2008 |
Sue Hua (a Chinese-American teen) and Andy Suzuki (a Japanese-American teen)face difficulties from their families when they begin to date. Both families have deep-seeded prejudices. The teens hide their relationship, but face the fact that their relationship may be revealed when their families get together to prepare for a school orchestra trip to Tokyo. A good book about prejudice that middle school readers could easily understand. ( )
1 vote saillergirl | Jul 30, 2007 |
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Sue Hua just moved from racially diverse Seattle to a suburban white-bread town where she feels like the only Asian American for miles. Then she meets Andy, a handsome and passionate violin player who just happens to be Asian like herself. Sue feels an instant attraction to Andy, and her white friends think they're "made for each other." But there's just one problem. Andy's last name is Suzuki. And while that may mean nothing to the other students at Lakeview High, Sue knows that it presents a world of problems to her family.

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Their families clash when a Japanese-American teenaged boy starts dating a Chinese-American teenaged girl.

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