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Crazy Rich Asians meets Bridget Jones's Diary in this funny and irresistible debut novel about the pursuit of happiness, surviving one's 30s intact, and opening oneself up to love.

At 33, Andrea Tang is living the dream: She has a successful career as a lawyer, a posh condo, and a clutch of fun-loving friends who are always in the know about Singapore's hottest clubs. All she has to do is make law partner, and her life will be perfect. And if she's about to become the lone unmarried member of her generation in the Tang clan - a disappointment her meddling Chinese Malaysian family won't let her forget - well, she doesn't need a man to complete her. Yet when a chance encounter with charming, wealthy entrepreneur Eric Deng offers her a glimpse of an exciting, limitless future, Andrea decides to give Mr. Right-for-her-family a chance. Too bad Suresh Aditparan, her office rival and the last man her family would approve of, keeps throwing a wrench in her plans. Now, Andrea can't help but wonder: In the endless tug-of-war between pleasing others and pleasing herself, is there room for everyone to win?

©2020 Lauren Ho (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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This book is everything I didn’t know I wanted.

I got a ton of extra unused credits, not knowing what I wanted purchase. I randomly started searching for any novels. Bam a story about a single women in Singapore was enough for me to give this novel a try. Boyyy am I glad I did. I was hooked, had to listen to it on my long drives to work and home. Made time fly by quickly. I even listened to it at home, which I never do! My wife and daughter can vouch that I did have a hard time listening to conversations that were directed towards me haha. Lauren Ho’s story telling is incredible. She made characters I would normally hate to be entertaining. The diversity in this novel was what I cherished the most. You don’t always get South Asian and Muslim representation in a novel which it’s characters set in an East Asian location. I highly recommend this book and I can’t wait for the sequel. Or any other books Lauren Ho decides to write.

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  • ETHEL JOY MONTANO
  • 2020-06-18

Last Tang Standing is Outrageously Funny!

Last Tang Standing is so beautifully written by Lauren Ho that after I finish listening to the audiobook version I ended up wishing for a sequel or see this in a big screen. It’s so funny that this book has entertained me on my drive to work. I love all of the characters in the story, and I applaud Lauren’s idea of bringing in multicultural representation in her Rom-Com Novel. The cover was also pretty that it was my deciding factor why I purchase it first in Audible and I’m so glad I did! After that I also bought the paperback version as keeping a physical copy is definitely worth it!

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  • caroline outlaw
  • 2020-07-07

Exhausting

I really wanted to like this book. I found myself really getting into the plot at times, but the story moved way way too slow. And the main character was exhausting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-08-19

Loved this book

I do not usually like books about lives of 30 somethings but this book was fabulous. SO SO FUNNY. Narrator was perfect.

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  • Rachel
  • 2020-08-12

Entertaining but juvenile

I feel like I can't be too harsh with this review despite my overall rating. For what it was, the book was alright just not my cup of tea. It's a lighthearted, semi-comedic love story that fulfills its purpose. I also enjoyed that it was a cast and setting that aren't often given the spotlight in a majority of popular fiction. My main issue is that I did not really feel a connection to the main character in most respects, despite being 33 and fairly accomplished she was pretty immature and childish. These qualities were only exacerbated by the audio. The performance and tone are quite consistent and dedicated, but somewhat over the top with the already limited substance of the book. If you're a hopeless romantic looking for a romance book that you don't really have to think about and only flirts with the more risque aspects of other adult romance novels than this could be the quick entertaining read for you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-06-23

Probably better read in hard copy

It was a fine story, fairly predictable though. I think I would have liked it better perhaps if I read it on paper, as I think some of the humor and diary-ness of it didn’t come through quite the same as an audiobook. Overall an easy, not complex read. Something to get through on the beach or if you’re looking for something super light for a vacation or something.

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  • Holly C. Salley
  • 2020-06-10

A delightful debut novel

I was so impressed with this book. It was such a nice escape from the real world. I couldn't stop listening. It is a good length..neither too short or too long. The story is complete at the end so could be stand alone but also I would be happy with a sequel. It is the perfect "beach read," Even if in 2020 nobody is going to the beach.

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  • Harry_ATL
  • 2020-10-26

3 hours less would have been better

This was an entertaining story, but it was distinctly too long. It would have been significantly better had the narrative been tightened, repetitive events eliminated, etc. But worth the read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-09-27

Fun story, way too much fluff

While the protagonist was certainly quirky and had a lot more personality than most romance leads, the characters overall were unlikeable and/or uninteresting. The book had a lot of subplots, relatively useless characters, and lengthy descriptions that could have been cut out. I would recommend this book as a fun read if about 40% of it was cut out, which I think would have allowed the actual interesting subplots and characters room to shine more than they currently do.

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  • Frances
  • 2020-08-21

“Dear Diary” style writing but great narration

What did I like and dislike? I loved the narration and the story line was really cute. I didn’t care too much for the “dear diary” and time stamping throughout the book. Overall though it was a cute story.

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  • Therese Van Arsdale
  • 2020-07-14

Back to Singapore

If you think you're heading back to Crazy Rich Asians territory, sorry. The Tangs are a more financially modest clan, mostly. When her rich auntie's threats to leave all unmarried Tangs out of her will become so serious even the auntie's lesbian daughter decides to get hitched to a man (no gay marriage in Singapore) Andrea Tang begins to feel the pressure. Pressure she doesn't need as she makes her final push to become a partner in the corporate law firm she often hates. It doesn't help that they've brought in a competitor to share her office, the much too good looking Suresh. Suresh seems safe, after all, he's engaged to a doctor who lives back in London. It doesn't help matters the doc is dragging her feet about the move. As they put in long hours at desks across from each other, could the growing attraction lead somewhere, or is it just a dead end? How's a girl supposed to balance a partnership bid and familial expectations and still keep her mind? This is such a fun and funny story. It was great to see another side of Singapore in this slow burn romantic comedy. Catherine Ho captures Andrea's ever changing moods and a wide cast of character well. Great job.