American Panda

American Panda


“Weepingly funny.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Delightful.” —Buzzfeed
“Charmed my socks off.” —David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite and Mosquitoland

Four starred reviews for this incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and crush on a Japanese classmate.

At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth—that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?

From debut author Gloria Chao comes a hilarious, heartfelt tale of how, unlike the panda, life isn’t always so black and white.

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  • AmericanPanda 01 Open

    Duration: 11s

  • AmericanPanda 02 Chapter1

    Duration: 26min

  • AmericanPanda 03 Chapter2

    Duration: 13min

  • AmericanPanda 04 Chapter3

    Duration: 25min

  • AmericanPanda 05 Chapter5

    Duration: 09min

  • AmericanPanda 06 Chapter6

    Duration: 12min

  • AmericanPanda 07 Chapter7

    Duration: 16min

  • AmericanPanda 08 Chapter8

    Duration: 28min

  • AmericanPanda 09 Chapter9

    Duration: 13min

  • AmericanPanda 10 Chapter10

    Duration: 18min

  • AmericanPanda 11 Chapter11

    Duration: 20min

  • AmericanPanda 12 Chapter12

    Duration: 14min

  • AmericanPanda 13 Chapter14

    Duration: 11min

  • AmericanPanda 14 Chapter15

    Duration: 16min

  • AmericanPanda 15 Chapter16

    Duration: 15min

  • AmericanPanda 16 Chapter17

    Duration: 10min

  • AmericanPanda 17 Chapter18

    Duration: 16min

  • AmericanPanda 18 Chapter19

    Duration: 39min

  • AmericanPanda 19 Chapter20

    Duration: 10min

  • AmericanPanda 20 Chapter21

    Duration: 17min

  • AmericanPanda 21 Chapter22

    Duration: 13min

  • AmericanPanda 22 Chapter23

    Duration: 14min

  • AmericanPanda 23 Chapter24

    Duration: 12min

  • AmericanPanda 24 Chapter25

    Duration: 18min

  • AmericanPanda 25 Chapter26

    Duration: 11min

  • AmericanPanda 26 Chapter27

    Duration: 14min

  • AmericanPanda 27 Chapter28

    Duration: 27min

  • AmericanPanda 28 EndCredits

    Duration: 22s