Last Tang Standing
Crazy Rich Asians meets Bridget Jones's Diary in this funny and irresistible debut novel about the pursuit of happiness, surviving one's thirties intact, and opening oneself up to love.At thirty-three, 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 and restaurants. All she has to do is make partner at her law firm and she will have achieved everything she (and her mother) has ever worked for. So what if she's poised to be the last unmarried member of her generation of the Tang clan? She doesn't need a man to feel fulfilled, no matter what her meddling relatives have to say about it. But for a dutiful Chinese-Malaysian daughter, the weight of familial expectations is hard to ignore. And so are the men life keeps throwing in Andrea's path. Men like Suresh Aditparan, her annoyingly attractive rival for partner and the last man she should be spending time with, and Eric Deng, a wealthy entrepreneur whose vision for their future is more lavish than she could have imagined. With her workplace competition growing ever more intense, her friends bringing dramas of their own to her door, and her family scrutinizing her every romantic prospect, Andrea finds herself stretched to the breaking point. And she can't help but wonder: In the endless tug-of-war between pleasing others and pleasing herself, is there room for everyone to win?

Last Tang Standing Details

TitleLast Tang Standing
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 9th, 2020
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN-139780593187814
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult Fiction, Adult

Last Tang Standing Review

  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    The tagline of "Crazy Rich Asians" meets "Bridget Jones's Diary" perfectly captures the essence of this book. I picked it up on a whim and I couldn't put it down. Andrea Tang is in her early 30s living the dream; she is working her way towards partner in the law firm she works for, has an amazing condo (that she owns) and knows where all the best restaurants and clubs are located in Singapore thanks to great friends. What she doesn't have is the man that will make her "perfect" life more perfect The tagline of "Crazy Rich Asians" meets "Bridget Jones's Diary" perfectly captures the essence of this book. I picked it up on a whim and I couldn't put it down. Andrea Tang is in her early 30s living the dream; she is working her way towards partner in the law firm she works for, has an amazing condo (that she owns) and knows where all the best restaurants and clubs are located in Singapore thanks to great friends. What she doesn't have is the man that will make her "perfect" life more perfect. When she begins the process of trying to find said man she doesn't expect the craziness or all the dick pics that ensue with dating apps. Andrea also doesn't expect to find herself laughing and hanging out with her office mate, Suresh, who is her top rival for the position of partner and enjoying it more than every date the apps have matched her with. Lauren Ho writes with humor and heart; I finished this in one sitting and found myself going back to re-read some of the more funny and touching parts! Thanks Penguin for the ARC!
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  • — Massiel
    January 1, 1970
    I normally don't write reviews but damn this book deserves it.Last Tang Standing was such an unique read I totally recommend it for those who loved Crazy Rich Asians (even though they are so different) and The Hating Game (you will love the slow burn and jokes). The plot at first is slow pacing for those who DNF'd a little earlier just wait until after chapter 7 (You won't regret it) and then is so fast pacing you won't stop reading. I loved the way the author shows how society, culture and fami I normally don't write reviews but damn this book deserves it.Last Tang Standing was such an unique read I totally recommend it for those who loved Crazy Rich Asians (even though they are so different) and The Hating Game (you will love the slow burn and jokes). The plot at first is slow pacing for those who DNF'd a little earlier just wait until after chapter 7 (You won't regret it) and then is so fast pacing you won't stop reading. I loved the way the author shows how society, culture and family can influence in every decision you make, how Andrea struggles so much with herself and everything she had been taught just to be herself and doing what she thought was right. This book is a clearly representation of how many societies acts towards different cultures and interracial couples with dark, quirky and sarcastic humour. I couldn't stop laughing in many chapters. The romance between the characters is so slow burn it will make you pull your hair sometimes but is so damn realistic and cute, you either wish this to happen to you or just be wait until he appear in front of you. There are many reasons to read this book but the first reason is this just shows you how to be truly yourself and do everything you want besides you will laugh until you pee, believe me. “On a more serious note, the more time I spent with you, the more convinced I was that you were the person I wanted to end up with, because you challenge me, you keep me on my toes, and you make me miss you when you’re not around. You’re my North Star.” So yeah... You should read this book. You will thank me later.
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  • Alethea
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 big gold stars for Last Tang Standing!LAST TANG STANDING is about thirty-three year-old M&A lawyer Andrea Tang. According to her mother's Life Goals checklist, she's (almost) winning at life. She's on track for partnership and she's got a beautiful apartment in the right postcode. All that's left to do to ensure she does not bring "dishonour to her ancestors" is to get married and have kids. Sounds easy enough, except that her love-life is pretty much non-existent after breaking up with her 4.5 big gold stars for Last Tang Standing!LAST TANG STANDING is about thirty-three year-old M&A lawyer Andrea Tang. According to her mother's Life Goals checklist, she's (almost) winning at life. She's on track for partnership and she's got a beautiful apartment in the right postcode. All that's left to do to ensure she does not bring "dishonour to her ancestors" is to get married and have kids. Sounds easy enough, except that her love-life is pretty much non-existent after breaking up with her ex-boyfriend. But then life throws her attractive men in the form of Suresh Aditparan, her annoyingly attractive rival for partner and Eric Deng, a wealthy entrepreneur. With workplace rivalry, friendship drama and having to manage family expectations, Andrea is left wondering if there is a possibility she can still be Her True Self. REVIEW: This book was so much fun! I received an ARC from work and was only intending to flip through a couple of pages, just to get a feel of the writing style and the general plot, but Lauren Ho had me laughing to myself within the first chapter and I knew I had to continue reading. Very, very smart, Lauren, to open with a CNY scene that every Chinese can relate to. The imaginary boyfriends, Auntie Side-Eye, interrogations by Older Chinese Relatives ("Why are you not married?") albeit slightly exaggerated for entertainment purposes but are still very real.Our protagonist Andrea, is smart, hilarious and extremely relatable. Coming from a Singaporean-Chinese family, I understood her career choice and how she ended up slogging in a job she didn't really like. Every thought and reaction Andrea had about her job - competing with work rivals on who bills more hours, going into the office on weekends, seeing other people win at life on social media and thus begin a downward spiral of questioning her own career choice - I've experienced all of them while working in a previous job. I feel that this really helped to make Andrea more realistic, as if she were a real person working in Singapore as opposed to just a character in a book.I really liked Lauren Ho's writing style. It's very fluid and she is able to switch easily between the funny moments and the serious parts. Most importantly, I like that she's able to "show, not tell" in Andrea's diary entries. I think this played a very big part in keeping me engrossed in the story as it made me feel more connected with the plot and the characters. The pacing of the story was good - I didn't feel like it really dragged at any point. However, I wish there were a little more focus on the development of the romantic relationships as I did not feel particularly connected with this portion of the story ): That aside, I liked that the book had some focus on Andrea's work and career because, let's face it, work really is life in Singapore, especially if you're a hot-shot lawyer working in CBD. Towards the end of the book, Lauren Ho delves into more serious topics such as managing family and societal expectations. In Singapore (and maybe in most Asian cultures? I'm not sure, so I dare not speak for them), it's ingrained in us from a young age to go to a good school, a good University, get a good job, get married and have kids. A "good job" is usually defined as any of the following professions: Lawyer, Accountant, Doctor, Engineer, Dentist etc. Any deviation from The Path could lead to judgment from relatives or society. I think there are many working adults stuck in careers they do not like because 1) they have never considered other career paths and/or 2) they are afraid to make a career change for fear of judgment by others. Through Last Tang Standing, Lauren Ho very nicely brought across the message that we should all be the decision-makers of our own lives. And rightly so. While the intentions of our relatives and members of society may be good, at the end of the day, we are the ones who have to live with the choices we make. Whether it is about that "shitty, life-sucking job" or "marrying the right kind of person", we should not let other people's opinions and decisions dictate our lives.All in all, this was a really enjoyable read. It was fun and entertaining but it also had an important underlying message. I can't wait for this to be out in the world, and I'm really looking forward to what this author writes next! (Please, please let it be a sequel!)
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  • Rach
    January 1, 1970
    Andrea Tang life was going seemly well until she and her boyfriend broke up, she has a rival Suresh in work and she has found out that Helen her cousin is getting married which means she will be the last single person in her family and is pressured to find a partner. You feel for Andrea, the pressure from her family to marriage certainly isn’t easy. On top of that she is is competing with Suresh in work for a promotion. You can picture being in Andrea’s situation. When you first meet Suresh in t Andrea Tang life was going seemly well until she and her boyfriend broke up, she has a rival Suresh in work and she has found out that Helen her cousin is getting married which means she will be the last single person in her family and is pressured to find a partner. You feel for Andrea, the pressure from her family to marriage certainly isn’t easy. On top of that she is is competing with Suresh in work for a promotion. You can picture being in Andrea’s situation. When you first meet Suresh in the book you are not sure of his character motive but once you get to know his character he so sweet and he actually wants to write and draw comics instead of being a lawyer. This books makes you empathise with the characters as we all have done things that we don’t actually want to do in life and sometimes you have to make a choice to change this in your life which Andrea does in the book. This a lovely rom com with a humour, family, sweet romance and lots of delicious food.I received a ARC from Netgalley and HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction for an objection review.
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  • Fanna
    January 1, 1970
    June 30, 2020: Last Tang Standing clubs the typical yet prevalent expectations of an Asian family, especially parents, around the success & settlement of a young (but gradually ageing) woman and the pressure that a woman of thirty-four inevitably finds on herself, even enforced by herself at times, to find the perfect partner & live the best romantic life.Malaysian born-and-raised Andrea Tang is a successful lawyer and has broken up with a boyfriend who had been tagged as an approved can-be-a-hu June 30, 2020: Last Tang Standing clubs the typical yet prevalent expectations of an Asian family, especially parents, around the success & settlement of a young (but gradually ageing) woman and the pressure that a woman of thirty-four inevitably finds on herself, even enforced by herself at times, to find the perfect partner & live the best romantic life.Malaysian born-and-raised Andrea Tang is a successful lawyer and has broken up with a boyfriend who had been tagged as an approved can-be-a-husband by the Asian family. So now, living and working in Singapore, she's slightly desperate—influenced by the relatives as well as the twenties that are slowly growing more and more distant in the past—to find an eligible bachelor. Featuring a blooming workplace romance, starring a handsome Indian man yes, yes, my own interests are being projected through this appreciation, and the constant depictions of accurate Asian assumptions through family & friends greatly weave a story full of humor and happiness that can delight anyone who is looking for an fun adult romance that adorns multiracial characters and representation.June 21, 2020: This was such a good adult romance. Like, YES to more books (especially by and for BIPOC) that bring forward all the adult issues and problems and responsibilities and insecurities and then manages to create a genuine & realistic love story. May 3, 2020: I'm so ready to be taken into all the Singaporean wealth and shine through this book since it's compared to Crazy Rich Asians and of course I want to read a Southeast Asian character. The living up to familial expectations while looking for love kinda theme get right to my heart. I received a digital copy of this via Netgalley so thank you, Harper Collins for the approval!April 16, 2020: I just want to laugh and love, and seems like this one can help me experience both.
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  • Samantha Verant
    January 1, 1970
    Woah! This book is filled with so much energy it gave me reader's whiplash--in a good way. The voice! The voice! The voice! Although the book comps compare this story to Bridget Jones meets Crazy Rich Asians (true--in a way-- through journal entries and, well, crazy rich Asians), Lauren Ho has created a truly new vibe with her unique (and perfectly in tune/ on point/ relatable/ full of laughable snark) writing style. This book was fun, thoroughly entertaining, eye-opening, and full of real-life Woah! This book is filled with so much energy it gave me reader's whiplash--in a good way. The voice! The voice! The voice! Although the book comps compare this story to Bridget Jones meets Crazy Rich Asians (true--in a way-- through journal entries and, well, crazy rich Asians), Lauren Ho has created a truly new vibe with her unique (and perfectly in tune/ on point/ relatable/ full of laughable snark) writing style. This book was fun, thoroughly entertaining, eye-opening, and full of real-life wisdom any woman can relate to. LOVED LTS! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-Arc. Opinions are my own.
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  • Becca
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a lot of fun to read - and the description of Crazy Rich Asians meets Bridget Jones' Diary is absolutely perfect. Andrea is a rising star in the lawyer world. She's aiming to make partner at her firm this year. Unfortunately, she's Chinese, 33, and not married, having split up with her boyfriend of 8 years. I liked that the book had a good split between Andrea's work and private life. There's a paragraph about her having nightmare's about telling her mother about getting Bs on exam This book was a lot of fun to read - and the description of Crazy Rich Asians meets Bridget Jones' Diary is absolutely perfect. Andrea is a rising star in the lawyer world. She's aiming to make partner at her firm this year. Unfortunately, she's Chinese, 33, and not married, having split up with her boyfriend of 8 years. I liked that the book had a good split between Andrea's work and private life. There's a paragraph about her having nightmare's about telling her mother about getting Bs on exams that I related to considerably. The book focuses on Andrea's desire to progress in her career, the fact she hates her job and felt like she didn't have a choice outside of law and medicine. There's also her love life, where she's torn between Eric, a Chinese billionaire who her mother would approve of, and her colleague Suresh, who she thinks she's competing with for partner, and is the creator of a comic. She knows her mother would definitely not approve of Suresh. There is lots of humour, particularly in the excerpts from Andrea's diary that definitely do sound a bit Bridget Jones. I really liked the structure of the book. And the romance was adorable!! The plot did drag a little bit in places, but nothing major. Can't wait to see what Lauren writes next.I received a ARC from Netgalley and HarperCollins UK.
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  • Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Crazy Rich Asians meets Bridget Jones???Ummmm, I think I need this.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this book! Though I wouldn’t classify it as a true romance, it was a solid story about Andrea Tang - a lawyer in Singapore who thus far is ticking all the boxes on her mother’s list of achievements... apart from marriage and kids. Told in diary form, we see Andrea’s at times self-destructive life as she attempts to balance work and her love life. It’s more of a story about her growth personally, with a little bit of romance. While I could have done with a bit more romance, it was I really liked this book! Though I wouldn’t classify it as a true romance, it was a solid story about Andrea Tang - a lawyer in Singapore who thus far is ticking all the boxes on her mother’s list of achievements... apart from marriage and kids. Told in diary form, we see Andrea’s at times self-destructive life as she attempts to balance work and her love life. It’s more of a story about her growth personally, with a little bit of romance. While I could have done with a bit more romance, it was still an entertaining read.
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  • Nursebookie
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book a lot! This was a fun read about thirty-three year old Andrea Tang, a Chinese- Malaysian living in Singapore as a successful lawyer. A recent break-up with her boyfriend leaves her as the last In her Tang clan to be married and that is highly disappointing for her family. With a hilarious take on single life, and the dating scene as a 30 something successful professional this was romp full of fun. The hilarious scenes will have you laughing out loud. And turning those pages - I enjoyed this book a lot! This was a fun read about thirty-three year old Andrea Tang, a Chinese- Malaysian living in Singapore as a successful lawyer. A recent break-up with her boyfriend leaves her as the last In her Tang clan to be married and that is highly disappointing for her family. With a hilarious take on single life, and the dating scene as a 30 something successful professional this was romp full of fun. The hilarious scenes will have you laughing out loud. And turning those pages - I found it hard to put down. I really enjoyed Lauren Ho’s writing - it was refreshing, open, very modern and sexy! With a completely relatable motley crew of characters, your heart will endear with each one. I promise! I recommend this read and look forward to reading more about Andrea and the rest of the gang!
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  • Nolwenn
    January 1, 1970
    Such a great light and easy read, perfect to take your mind off the current worldwide situation! I love Bridget Jones and didn't know Crazy Rich Asians, so I just watched the film before starting this book and yes, Last Tang Standing is a great mix of both indeed.I am unfortunately not familiar with the Singaporean culture so I loved getting a little glimpse at the family at the beginning, it really made me understand better the pressure on Andrea's life. I found Andrea very likeable, not perfec Such a great light and easy read, perfect to take your mind off the current worldwide situation! I love Bridget Jones and didn't know Crazy Rich Asians, so I just watched the film before starting this book and yes, Last Tang Standing is a great mix of both indeed.I am unfortunately not familiar with the Singaporean culture so I loved getting a little glimpse at the family at the beginning, it really made me understand better the pressure on Andrea's life. I found Andrea very likeable, not perfect, making wrong decisions, it all happened to many of us and I liked that I could really relate to her. I also enjoyed that the story wasn't all about her romantic life but mixed with family, friends and work like in real life. She has a brain and uses it, she isn't dependant on the man/men she meets.However, I think there wasn't enough focus on the main love interest, he sounded very nice but a bit bland because I didn't really get to know him. I would have loved to see more of that relationship (view spoiler)[and I found the ending was a bit rushed when the main characters get together at the very end of the book. (hide spoiler)]I definitely recommend reading Last Tang Standing to anyone who wants to spend a good time with a book.Thank you to the publisher who provided me with an e-copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • The Nerd Daily
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Ahana RaoWhen I picked up Last Tang Standing, I was carrying the weight of a week long reading slump and I had absolutely no idea what I was stepping into; however, I certainly had not expected to step straight into what I had.Andrea Tang was one of the single most relatable characters I had read! The fact that she was so open and fearless about the thoughts she had in her head makes all the things she says and does so relatable and not hurtful Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Ahana RaoWhen I picked up Last Tang Standing, I was carrying the weight of a week long reading slump and I had absolutely no idea what I was stepping into; however, I certainly had not expected to step straight into what I had.Andrea Tang was one of the single most relatable characters I had read! The fact that she was so open and fearless about the thoughts she had in her head makes all the things she says and does so relatable and not hurtful in the least.Read the FULL REVIEW on The Nerd Daily
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  • legenbooksdary
    January 1, 1970
    As it was stated in the synopsis, this book is exactly like Crazy Rich Asians meet Bridget Jones Diary. Its set in the glamorous side of Singapore, living in the limelight of blitz and upper side but still has elements of the everyday middle class struggles. The format of the book is written as Andrea's diary and it was very entertaining from beginning to end. Andrea Tang comes from an upcoming and upscale family who were born and raised in Malaysia but later on studied abroad and eventually set As it was stated in the synopsis, this book is exactly like Crazy Rich Asians meet Bridget Jones Diary. Its set in the glamorous side of Singapore, living in the limelight of blitz and upper side but still has elements of the everyday middle class struggles. The format of the book is written as Andrea's diary and it was very entertaining from beginning to end. Andrea Tang comes from an upcoming and upscale family who were born and raised in Malaysia but later on studied abroad and eventually settles in Singapore to be a very successful lawyer. As an Asian myself, this book conforms the truth of Asian households. Family will always come first especially the expectations of parents, that a slight mistake may just make you a disappointment and you truly have to fight for what you love. Family will also always want what's best for you and that is to eventually settle down with marriage and having offsprings later on. For Andrea who is turning thirty four, she's bound to feel the pressure to find love and a relationship for a lifetime. And that sometimes the person you've been waiting for may just be the one that is right in front of you. This book was all in all a very interesting and fun book full of filial presumptions but most importantly striving for happiness. The representations of the multiracial people of Singapore and Malaysia were definitely there but unfortunately there was something that I couldn't look pass and hope it were changed. But all all, this was still a read that you shouldn't miss out on and recommended to be on your radar once it comes out soon.
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  • Laura Coates
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley and Harper Collins UK for this ARC. Like others I found that the description of Bridget Jones meets Crazy Rich Asians was fitting.I liked how the author developed the characters, and I really liked that Andrea’s career and work place were featured so prominently. Moving between her social life and work life worked well.Last Tang Standing was a funny, easy read that I’d recommend to friends.
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  • Susan J.
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a delight! Hilarious and heart wrenching. And a little different perspective of Singapore and southeast Asia than found in Crazy Rich Asians. I eagerly look forward to Lauren Ho's next book!
  • Ouiman
    January 1, 1970
    A humorous book about family, ambition and love. The book is really about Andrea's quest to "have it all" in career and love, and how she ultimately discovers what she wants in life. The writing is witty, the humour quirky, irreverent, and sometimes dark, but always funny. Like laugh out loud.Coupled with the escapist setting of cosmopolitan Singapore, this would be a perfect "beach" or summer read, with a serious message about being true to yourself.
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  • covertocoverwithcarina
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK for this ARC. I really enjoyed this book. I think the description of Crazy Rich Asians meets Bridget Jones’ Diary is spot on. I did get a bit frustrated with Andrea’s decisions and stubbornness, seemingly being aware she was making the wrong choice but doing it anyway and her refusal to acknowledge her true feelings at times. But I think it demonstrated how your head can want one thing and your heart another! I predicted the romance from the outset bu Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK for this ARC. I really enjoyed this book. I think the description of Crazy Rich Asians meets Bridget Jones’ Diary is spot on. I did get a bit frustrated with Andrea’s decisions and stubbornness, seemingly being aware she was making the wrong choice but doing it anyway and her refusal to acknowledge her true feelings at times. But I think it demonstrated how your head can want one thing and your heart another! I predicted the romance from the outset but this did not deter me from reading, I really enjoyed how the love story progressed throughout the book and the will it happen/wont it happen relationship. I also loved the relationship between Andrea and her cousin/best friend. I love seeing female friendships in books and as someone who is very close with my cousins, I completely understand the dynamic and that sometimes family can get away with being brutally honest in a way that perhaps a friend would not get away with. Overall, would definitely recommend this book as an easy read.
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  • Eleanor
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.I have to admit at the start I was a little sceptical. I felt like the 'Bridget Jones' type character might be too obvious and maybe a little cringe, but I quickly changed my mind. I fell in love with Andrea and all her wonderful friends. I loved them and the story so much that I only took one break (to sleep) before quickly picking it up again and finishing it.I loved this book so much, so so much. I actually Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.I have to admit at the start I was a little sceptical. I felt like the 'Bridget Jones' type character might be too obvious and maybe a little cringe, but I quickly changed my mind. I fell in love with Andrea and all her wonderful friends. I loved them and the story so much that I only took one break (to sleep) before quickly picking it up again and finishing it.I loved this book so much, so so much. I actually said 'nooooo!' out loud when I finished because I just wanted more. My only critique is that it had to end. 'Last Tang Standing' is such a lovely, funny, charming and wonderful book - the perfect romcom.
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  • Nswen Leona
    January 1, 1970
    A solid 5 stars from me!  If you want a light but equally inspiring story to read during summer, give Last Tang Standing a go. It is a book that you don't want to miss out for any reason! "She was supposed to be my fail-safe, the Last Tang Standing. Now there would be no one else to share the burden of deflecting criticism on being single from my relatives." So here we go the story of Andrea, age 33, the lone unmarried member of her generation in the Tang Clan being labeled by her relatives as a A solid 5 stars from me!  If you want a light but equally inspiring story to read during summer, give Last Tang Standing a go. It is a book that you don't want to miss out for any reason! "She was supposed to be my fail-safe, the Last Tang Standing. Now there would be no one else to share the burden of deflecting criticism on being single from my relatives." So here we go the story of Andrea, age 33, the lone unmarried member of her generation in the Tang Clan being labeled by her relatives as a lost girl (敗犬) despite her successful career as a corporate lawyer. If you think this is just a pretty much cliché story about discovering true love, then you are wrong. This book explores many contemporary issues in our modern society and I believe it will offer readers more than just a summer rom-com. Before I begin, I just want to say that since many friends here have already given their amazing thoughts on the Asian culture, particularly on how the elders of southeast Asian Chinese interfere with the marriage and career of their children, I will not elaborate any further here. Here are my main reasons why this book deserves 5 stars:- 1) Likable (and REALISTIC) main character The main character, Andrea has a spirit that I personally admire very much. I'm glad that Lauren gives her a strong character instead of the typical messed-up, deeply troubled, or 'don't understand what is going on in her life' personality. Andrea is ambitious, mature, smart, hardworking, encouraging as well as goal-driven. However, I am not suggesting that Andrea was given an artificially perfect and well-rounded personality. There were crackhead moments in her life that made her regret but her capability to move on and correct her mistakes was commendable. I like to see the character's growth because it is inspiring. To put it simply, people who are constantly learning are charismatic. She is a real fighter! 2) The connections that grow naturally between all the charactersThere are many characters in the story hence the last thing you want is a complex and sophisticated cross-over between each of them. I love how Lauren unfolds the story and introduces each of the characters smoothly into Andrea's life.  Each of them was given a clear personality and contributes significantly to their own categories, for example in love-life & relationship, we have Suresh, Eric, Orson, Alvin, friendship (Linda, Val, Jason and Ben), and family (Andrea's sister, her mother and Helen), colleagues (Suresh, Genevieve, Kai and Mr. Mong). Also, Andrea's relationship with Suresh is sweet, mutually admirable, but most importantly, not overly cheesy. On the other hand, Andrea's relationship with the very much mature Eric is often formal and one-sided. The focus given to each of them is on point. I'm glad that the way the chemistry grows between them is well-explained and logical. 3) Heartfelt and Interesting conversations between characters Andrea is such a badass! The conversations are engaging and enriching. Several fiery comebacks that Andrea made to her office rivals and difficult sexist male colleagues are super satisfying! Additionally, I've learned a lot from the heart-to-heart talks between Andrea and her closed ones when she decided to break free from family restraints and job pressure. It makes me reflect on the way I approach challenges in life.Also, there are many regional slang and local references in the book that you will find it amusing. 4) A sharp observation on society and relationship Lauren has a sharp observation of the concerns and norms about relationships in these modern days, including the challenges facing interracial couples, cradle-snatcher love (姐弟恋), blind dates (相亲) and online dating. Also, Lauren is familiar with the issue of how workplace discrimination works against married or female employees. She particularly explores the questionable job promotion criteria where performance was measured primarily based on the long billable hours. This can be seen through Andrea's choice in maintaining a single life since her last breakup in order to make herself available to work 24/7.5) Pleasantly slow-burn storyThe introduction has dictated clearly where the story will head, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the journey. As mentioned, Andrea is such a likable character with so many interesting events taking place around her and I clearly don't want to miss that out. I am glad that Lauren decides to not narrow down the story to merely talking about relationships. Instead, she gives her readers a full glimpse of Andrea's life from diversified angles, ranging from career goals, the concept of feminism, friendship, dreams and soul-searching. There were heartfelt moments where I actually shed some tears, especially when the characters started to show their supports to one another. There was also a short but impactful heartbreaking scene where I let out a gesture of sympathy to that particular character: "aiyo...sad..He is such a gentleman but it is what it is .." (I don't want to spoil the story) Lastly, you may think that Last Tang Standing already sounds fun here, but isn't it Crazy Rich Asians all over again since it talks about family interference on the relationship?  Well, this book was described to me as Crazy Rich Asians (CRA) meets Bridget Jones's Diary. Just my two cents here: Generally speaking, yes. There are some overlaps between CRA and Last Tang in terms of family pressure experienced by the main characters in both novels. I've watched CRA movie before so I will make my analysis based on the movie. From what I can see, the family pressure in CRA is based on Nick mom's disapproval which solely stemmed from social class differences between two Chineses, i.e. Nick from a wealthy tycoon family and Rachel being the daughter of a US immigrant. While it is also amusing to see Lauren discovers the issue of social status and class differences, she also explores a wider concept, i.e. on how easily people are to disregard a female's achievement if she is unmarried by certain ages and conveniently labeled them as a loser. Also, her attempt to reflect the challenges in an interracial relationship and how narrow-minded people are to accept and trust one another's beliefs or culture is very much praisable.Thank you Times Reads, a member of Times Distribution for sending me an ARC of this book.
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  • Gina
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway (Kindle version) and I thank the publishing company and the author for a chance to read and review this delightful book.Many books claim to be humorous - this one really is in places, especially at the beginning when the reader is introduced to the main character's family, especially her mother, at a celebration.Andrea Tang is 33 years old - not ancient by any means, and a hard working lawyer hoping to make partner soon - but none of this matters to the ha I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway (Kindle version) and I thank the publishing company and the author for a chance to read and review this delightful book.Many books claim to be humorous - this one really is in places, especially at the beginning when the reader is introduced to the main character's family, especially her mother, at a celebration.Andrea Tang is 33 years old - not ancient by any means, and a hard working lawyer hoping to make partner soon - but none of this matters to the hard-core traditional Chinese-Malaysian family she has. She must get married and soon! How will it look if she never produces grandchildren - and soon? She lost all the fat and now she's thin - why doesn't she have a husband - she best get one - AND SOON.Andrea is quite content, thank you very much - or at least she believes she is, and she doesn't need a man to make her happy!Sharing her office, and also vying to make partner, is Suresh Aditparan. A very handsome, sweet man that her family would definitely NOT approve of (he's not Chinese, lawyer or not). At first they are most definitely rivals, each of them staying at the office until the wee hours of the morning to have the billable hours that will help push them toward partnership, and to prove their dedication to the company.Into her life comes the older, rich-beyond-your-wildest-dreams Eric, who falls in love with her. She tries to convince herself that she loves him in the same way, but deep down, it's evident she is deceiving herself. Throw in some crazy friends, some alcohol, more meddling by family, and you have a woman who's on the brink of either alcoholism or insanity.I truly liked Andrea - actually I liked about 90% of the characters. There are a few, of course, that you just want to see stabbed in the heart, but that kept things interesting too.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    If you loved Crazy Rich Asians, then you'll like this one! Much thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins UK for the ARC. Out on 1st June!....👩🏻‍💼Andrea Tang is a high flying, hard working lawyer concentrating on making partner, pitted against the new hotshot in the firm, who also just happens to be gorgeous!😍 She's trying to manage her career whilst trying to fend off her interfearing mother, who is ever hopeful of Andrea producing a perfect husband and babies. Life isn't easy when you're the Last If you loved Crazy Rich Asians, then you'll like this one! Much thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins UK for the ARC. Out on 1st June!....👩🏻‍💼Andrea Tang is a high flying, hard working lawyer concentrating on making partner, pitted against the new hotshot in the firm, who also just happens to be gorgeous!😍 She's trying to manage her career whilst trying to fend off her interfearing mother, who is ever hopeful of Andrea producing a perfect husband and babies. Life isn't easy when you're the Last Tang Standing!😀4⭐- This is what I like to consider a 'palate cleansing read'-something to enjoy in between reading crime and psychological thrillers. It's a fab romantic story, both fun and funny, I really liked losing myself in this book. A great summer read 😎
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  • Alyssia
    January 1, 1970
    Crazy Rich Asians meets Bridget Jones indeed!! I loved the Singapore setting and the glimpse into Chinese culture the novel provided. Andrea was a smart, likeable and relateable heroine. The novel was so much fun. Loved the opening scene. Family drama is always entertaing and Lauren Ho made it hilarious. The romance was a bit meh for me. Suresh, the love interest, was nice enough but the romance wasn't written in a way that had me rooting for them as a couple.Overall, it was a light and fun nove Crazy Rich Asians meets Bridget Jones indeed!! I loved the Singapore setting and the glimpse into Chinese culture the novel provided. Andrea was a smart, likeable and relateable heroine. The novel was so much fun. Loved the opening scene. Family drama is always entertaing and Lauren Ho made it hilarious. The romance was a bit meh for me. Suresh, the love interest, was nice enough but the romance wasn't written in a way that had me rooting for them as a couple.Overall, it was a light and fun novel that I really enjoyed. I look forward to reading more by Lauren Ho.Many thanks to HarperCollins who provided an ARC via Netgalley.
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  • Niamh
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.
  • Lily Herman
    January 1, 1970
    Lauren Ho's Last Tang Standing is marketed as Crazy Rich Asians meets Bridget Jones's Diary, and that is in fact correct, dear readers!Lord knows we could all use some moments of escapism, and Ho's debut novel was the perfect way to unwind. Her protagonist Andrea Tang is a complex woman; she's funny and self-deprecatingly awkward while also prideful and aloof. There were times when I really didn't like her, and at other moments, I found her utterly relatable and charming. It was a bit of a rolle Lauren Ho's Last Tang Standing is marketed as Crazy Rich Asians meets Bridget Jones's Diary, and that is in fact correct, dear readers!Lord knows we could all use some moments of escapism, and Ho's debut novel was the perfect way to unwind. Her protagonist Andrea Tang is a complex woman; she's funny and self-deprecatingly awkward while also prideful and aloof. There were times when I really didn't like her, and at other moments, I found her utterly relatable and charming. It was a bit of a rollercoaster, but a fun one nonetheless.That said, it definitely took me a good quarter or even a third of the book to really sink my teeth into it; a good chunk of this novel was spent setting up a lot of characters and situations without a ton of plot, and I know some people will get frustrated with that. However, the pace really picks up in the second half, and I really enjoyed it from then on—and was sad when I got to the last page.Content warning: There are some racist and classist comments made by characters.
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  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    January 1, 1970
    How I read this: Free ebook copy received through Edelweiss★★★★✬ 4.5 starsI knew I’d love Last Tang Standing from the moment I picked it up. Scratch that, I knew it from the minute I downloaded it when I got approved for the review copy – reading the blurb is enough to fall in love with it. This book is about choosing your life – to live it the way you want to, or to live it the way everybody else wants you to. The writing is witty and the book is quite upbeat, full of self-deprecating humour – How I read this: Free ebook copy received through Edelweiss★★★★✬ 4.5 starsI knew I’d love Last Tang Standing from the moment I picked it up. Scratch that, I knew it from the minute I downloaded it when I got approved for the review copy – reading the blurb is enough to fall in love with it. This book is about choosing your life – to live it the way you want to, or to live it the way everybody else wants you to. The writing is witty and the book is quite upbeat, full of self-deprecating humour – and it’s also not set in the West! It’s got everything going for it. I absolutely loved Last Tang Standing, and I’m sure you will too.Please check out the full review on my blog, as it's quite long, so I won't be copy pasting it here: I thank the publisher for giving me a free copy of the ebook in exchange to my honest review. This has not affected my opinion.Book Blog | Bookstagram | Bookish Twitter
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  • Beckee❤️
    January 1, 1970
    I had to DNF this book after just 90 pages😩I absolutely hate DNF'ing books! I just couldn't get into it, I don't know if it was the writing style that was used or the pace of the story or what?! This book has the potential to be a great hit with so many people, but, sadly, it just wasn't for me.
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  • Rafael
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. The fact that Andrea is still finding what she wants at the later age just proves that we are all humans who constantly finding what we want in life.
  • Kenny
    January 1, 1970
    Can’t wait for her next book
  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ 28%I don’t tend to 1-star books I can’t finish. But this one? Good grief. In hindsight, I should have listened to the alarm bells that went off at the paedophile joke in chapter one.So that coupled with the fat shaming of a *literal child* (which wasn’t challenged), said child clearly growing up in an abusive household (which wasn’t even acknowledged/discussed), and the racist mother (whose racism isn’t outright condemned in what I read; Andrea, instead, casually says she doesn’t condone h DNF @ 28%I don’t tend to 1-star books I can’t finish. But this one? Good grief. In hindsight, I should have listened to the alarm bells that went off at the paedophile joke in chapter one.So that coupled with the fat shaming of a *literal child* (which wasn’t challenged), said child clearly growing up in an abusive household (which wasn’t even acknowledged/discussed), and the racist mother (whose racism isn’t outright condemned in what I read; Andrea, instead, casually says she doesn’t condone her “casually racist” mother) just left me slow-blinking a lot and lacking motivation to continue.Then we get to the depiction of queer characters. I get that in certain cultures queer people aren’t always out out of necessity for their safety. But having your two queer characters both be closeted, and for their queerness and situations to actually be about straight people, is pretty fucking gross to me. (ETA to clarify: I don't necessarily think not being out in all the places automatically means you're closeted. But I do consider the cousin(?) closeted due to the fact she can't be fully out to her family and marries a man as a result of that. It's all very complicated and nuance does come into it, but that's my thinking here.) There’s a moment where Andrea talks about her friend catching her husband giving another man a blowjob, takes pictures, and then because she’s “heartbroken but not stupid” she uses those pics as leverage in her divorce. What a ghoul. And, may I add, this was something else that wasn’t challenged or even acknowledged as being fucking abhorrent. *gestures wildly at everything*I obviously didn’t read much, and it’s entirely possible Andrea comes to realise so much stuff/people isn't/aren't okay, but... I don’t know. There was nothing to really suggest that would happen. *punts book into the abyss* Do not recommend.***ETA: Pretty sure this blog post was in response to my review and I have some thoughts.-I think this was unprofessional.-I stand by my review.-I thought I was clear that these were things that *bothered me*.-I *was* clear about the fact I hadn’t read the whole book and that it was possible the things & people I had issues with would get better (I just saw nothing to back that up).-It's okay to not read the whole book.-It's okay to form opinions based on what you have read.-You're not obligated to read a whole book to see if your opinions change.-Authors are allowed to write whatever they like in the name of realism or what might be lived experiences — but it doesn’t automatically mean readers won’t be troubled or hurt by it.-If a reader is troubled or hurt by what they’ve read then they should be able to say so without an author writing a whole goddamn blog post in response.-I’m of the feeling that if you’re compelled to write a whole goddamn blog post in response to a review that attempts to... gawd, I’m not sure what this was, then I think you’re actually saying a lot more about the state of your book than you were probably intending.Despite not getting on with LTS, I was pretty happy to try this author again because of how much I initially loved the idea of the book. But now? I’m one and done.***ETA: I want to add some more to this because I’m still wildly irritated by everything.In regards to the queer characters... I think what made me the most angry was they could easily have been straight and it wouldn’t have affected the story as far as I could tell. Andrea’s cousin(?) could have been straight, married a man she wanted to marry, and Andrea still would have been the last Tang standing. The queer husband could have been straight, cheated on his wife with a woman, got caught in the act, had pics taken, and blackmailed in the divorce. (And yeah, blackmail as a tactic still isn’t massively great just because someone is straight. But it at least isn’t an act of violence like it is on a closeted queer person.)So instead of offering insight or showing empathy about what life might be like for Southeast Asian queer folks (closeted or otherwise), what we get is the book basically saying: "look how much the straights are impacted/inconvenienced by the choices these two queer people are *forced* to make." I’m just never going to be okay about that.Re: the casual racism. Look. To me, racism is racism is racism. A different culture, diaspora, etc., *may* (if you squint hard enough) give some context as to why someone holds the beliefs they do — but it doesn’t excuse it.
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  • Antonella
    January 1, 1970
    They promote this book under the tag line Bridget Jones meets Crazy Rich Asians and I think that is A PERFECT description of this book. It is a fun chick-lit novel, perfect for a beach/vacation read. I loved a glimpse into similar struggles with dating but in a unique setting and cultural background that I know very little about. I definitely recommend this book as I already mentioned a great light beach read. Also, the audio was excellent. I also need to point out that this is a debut novel. I They promote this book under the tag line Bridget Jones meets Crazy Rich Asians and I think that is A PERFECT description of this book. It is a fun chick-lit novel, perfect for a beach/vacation read. I loved a glimpse into similar struggles with dating but in a unique setting and cultural background that I know very little about. I definitely recommend this book as I already mentioned a great light beach read. Also, the audio was excellent. I also need to point out that this is a debut novel. I am excited about this author's future work.
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