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Ann Liang

Author of If You Could See the Sun

6 Works 436 Members 19 Reviews 2 Favorited

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Works by Ann Liang

If You Could See the Sun (2022) — Author — 247 copies, 11 reviews
This Time It's Real (2019) 88 copies, 6 reviews
I Hope This Doesn't Find You (2024) 70 copies, 2 reviews


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Seventeen-year-old Eliza Lin’s family has returned to Beijing, after over a decade of living in different countries, and yet again Eliza is starting at a new school. She decides to approach a school-assigned personal essay like a creative writing task, not expecting her piece to go viral. Suddenly a lot of people are very interested in hearing more about her relationship with a boyfriend who doesn’t actually exist.

This is shades of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and I enjoyed it for similar reasons. There’s a sweet romance which unfolds with a boy who Eliza confides in, but I liked how Eliza’s attempts at maintaining a long-distance friendship with a former classmate from the US is also an important and emotional part of the story.
Because there aren’t thousands of books and poems and movies out there to describe exactly what I’m feeling, or lyrically beautiful songs for me to cry to and sing along with in the car. There’s no guidebook on how to survive this kind of fallout, no prescribed remedy to soothe this particular kind of pain. Romantic breakups are romanticised constantly, talked about everywhere by everyone, but platonic breakups are swept to the side, suffered in secret, as if they’re somehow less important.

I also liked the way the novel explores Eliza’s reticence to honestly share her own experiences with others. Her nomadic upbringing has left her feeling like she doesn’t easily fit in, at least not into the boxes other people want to put her in, and people often aren’t interested in trying to understand that.
This is the closest I have ever gotten to voicing the truth: that I’m afraid. That for a long time now, between maybe the third and fourth move, the fourth or fifth friend I lost along the way, I’ve suspected that there's something fundamentally unlovable about me. Something that makes it easy for people to forget me the second I leave, to drift out of touch no matter how hard I try to keep them in my life.
I’ve said before that my default setting is loneliness, but maybe I was wrong.
Maybe it’s really fear.
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Herenya | 5 other reviews | Jul 6, 2024 |
"I Hope This Doesn't Find You" was a cute rom-com that had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion. I liked both Sadie and Julius, and their academic rivalry made things interesting. True, there were several tropes, but the story was well-paced, the characters relatable and the dialogue humorous. I think this will be a popular addition to our school library. A fun read.
HeatherLINC | 1 other review | Jun 28, 2024 |
Just really loved this, especially that there’s humor peppered throughout and I do love a love story that involves small thoughtful gestures, the kind of stuff Julius does throughout this book, I know it doesn’t sound glamorous but things like scrubbing a wall and helping clean up after a party, are to me so much more endearing than some billionaire flying you somewhere on his private plane.

I enjoyed Julius and Sadie’s bickering, their frustration with one another, it’s the classic hate to love scenario, which I know isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but if that’s something you love it’s done really well here, a solid one step forward two steps back kind of pacing so the transition from getting on each other’s last nerve to affectionate didn’t feel at all forced.

The other emotional aspects of this beyond the romance were written so well, too. I felt like I was right there with Sadie experiencing everything she felt, the knots in her stomach over the emails, the pressure she puts on herself to achieve, blaming herself for her dad leaving, swallowing her anger for fear she won’t be liked, etc., though nothing stood out to me more than the moments when Sadie’s in compete mode. Those scenes were exhilerating, maybe slightly worrying, but mostly exhilerating. I can think of very few books I’ve read that show such an unapologetic drive to win from a female character’s point of view, nevermind one that puts you so thrillingly right in her mindset and her body in the height of competition, it was a fantastic reading experience. This entire book was.
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SJGirl | 1 other review | Jun 11, 2024 |
Alice Sun has always felt invisible at her exclusive International School. She's the only scholarship student and her parents tell her they can only afford tuition for fall semester. When she starts to turn invisible, she approaches her biggest rival to develop an app to use her new gift as a way to make some money. Her whole life and identity at school starts to change when she connects with her arch-rival, Henry. Soon they become partners in crime using the app Beijing Ghost.
Alice is a character I found likable in her gruffness.… (more)
ewyatt | 10 other reviews | Dec 29, 2023 |





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