29 Dates

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Jisu 's traditional South Korean parents are concerned by what they see as her lack of attention to her schoolwork and her future. Working with Seoul 's premiere matchmaker to find the right boyfriend is one step toward ensuring Jisu 's success, and going on the recommended dates is Jisu 's compromise to please her parents while finding space to figure out her own reams. But when she flubs a test then skips out on a date to spend time with friends, her fed-up parents shock her by shipping her off to a private colleg in San Diego. Where she 'll have the pportunity to shine academically—and be set up on more dates!

Navigating her host family, her new city and school, and more dates, Jisu finds comfort in taking the photographs that populate her ever-growing social media account. Soon attention from two very different boys sends Jisu into a tailspin of soul-searching. As her passion for photography lights her on fire, does she even want to find The One? And what if her One is n't parent and matchmaker approved?
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Published December 18th 2018 by Inkyard Press
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29 Dates
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Jisu goes on seons and has a thing with a frien but with the love interest?

Like if I 'm going to read a romanti ovel I want to be sold on the end game couple?

Literally what was the point of this ovel? The author states at the nd in her note that " The tal is not meant to be representative of the South Korean or Korean-American experience with a matchmaker, but a lighthearted romantic comedy set in a culture I am lucky enough to be feel part of through my friends and family. " Seons, if you are familia with the term are for adults because they ’ re basically serious dates with marriage as the goal ( in the nearb future).

If you ’ re going to admit to just haphazardly writing a tal with no espect to the ccuracy of the actuality of how things work, then that disclaimer should be front and center.

Okay but Sarah she had actual Korean people read and help out and point out inaccuracies and stuff.

Here ’ s the kin you can get all the terms right but none of the cultural nuances came across right.

So what if she states that this is not to be representative of South Koreans and Korean Americans.

Despite being Korean born and raised, Jisu came across as very Korean American.

But there ’ s a world of a difference between fluency in English and assimilating into American culture especially coming from Korean culture.

But there was like no culture shock?

Despite the fact that Jisu stays with a white American family and her “ knowledge ” of American high schools was based off of “ Bring It On ” .Most, if not all, all of Korean and Korean American males that Jisu went on seons with came off as super superficial or jerks.

She probably could have spent half those scenes developing an actual relationship to root for with the actual love interest.Okay, I ’ m bored of this and am over poking more holes so here are some final thoughts.+ Jisu has a riend named Eunice.

( Is she supposed to be Yoo-ny or Eun-nee?) Maybe if Eunice was Korean American, I could see her having that name but it wouldn ’ t be her Korean name.+ Jisu also has a riend named Min. Also skeptical about that.

Like I said Jisu came off as very Korean American despite this being her first time staying long term in the country.TL; DR- For a contemporary romance there was no romance.

You ’ re trying to cash in on the succes of Korean pop culture.

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Other people have issues with this ook because a non-Korean ( Melissa de la ruz is Filipino) is writing about Korean culture.

Even the one book she wrote about a Filipino American immigrant experience still had that classic Melissa de la Cruz fluff.

In my personal opinion ( which you do not have to agree with), I think Melissa de la Cruz just wanted to write a fun cute story and she tried the best she could with the Korean aspects ( which she addresses in her author ’ s note at the beginnin).

Yes. So if you ’ re looking for something fun and not super serious, then consider reading this memoir.

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They were presented to us in a transcript format, and what I really liked was the way they paralleled something happening outside of the ates, as well as being a catalyst for Jisu 's growth and change.

• Pro: I adored Nic, and thought the chemistry and dynamic between him and Jisu was fantastic.

• Pro: It 's really difficult for a teen to leave her friends, but Jisu was lucky to find such a great squad in San Jose.

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According to the journalis 's note, the uthor is Filipino-American, learned about seons from a Korean friend, and dedicated this book to her Korean sister-in-law.

There is no way for a non-Korean to understand what the culture is like, much less understand how it is for a person who grew up in South Korea to suddenly move to America and go to a new school.

Even I know this, and I 'm South Asian.Jisu and many of the various characters criticize Korean culture a lot.

There is the " jansori " Jisu constantly mentions, and then the constant riticism of the seons and her arents' expectations of her grades.

Maybe the author wanted to be uthentic and show how much resentment Asian kids have towards their parents and culture ( as an Asian-American kid, I testify), but I 'm not going to understand how it is for a Korean kid and a Korean kid is n't going to understand how it 's like for me.

A Filipino-American ca n't write about Koreans.

The code-switching is unnatural and both Jisu 's criticism and love for her culture seems forced.

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Man of the ook felt like a hollowed out K-drama with all the ridiculous family dynamics, but none of the heart.

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