19 January 2009 ~ 0 Comments

(Book) Happy Birthday or Whatever by Annie Choi

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This was so funny and I kept waiting for the big ending that, sadly, didn’t seem to come. Worth a read, Annie reminds me of a Korean friend I had while living in Hawaii – she and her mother had many of the same challenges. Super funny, but the ending fell flat for me.



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Synopsis

Meet Annie Choi. She fears cable cars and refuses to eat anything that casts a shadow. Her brother thinks chicken is a vegetable. Her father occasionally starts fires at work. Her mother collects Jesus trading cards and wears plaid like it’s a job. No matter how hard Annie and her family try to understand one another, they often come up hilariously short.

But in the midst of a family crisis, Annie comes to realize that the only way to survive one another is to stick together . . . as difficult as that might be. Annie Choi’s Happy Birthday or Whatever is a sidesplitting, eye-opening, and transcendent tale of coping with an infuriating, demanding, but ultimately loving Korean family.

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