Review: Loveboat Reunion (Loveboat, Taipei #2) by Abigail Hing Wen

Title: Loveboat Reunion
Series: Loveboat, Taipei #2
Author: Abigail Hing Wen
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: January 25th, 2022
Page Length: 432
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Range: YA
Rep: Asian American and Asian (Chinese and Taiwan), Dyslexia, Dysgraphia
Rating: 4.25⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Sophie Ha and Xavier Yeh have what some would call a tumultuous past.

Hearts were broken, revenge was plotted—but at least they’re friends now. They left the drama behind them back in Taipei—at their summer program, Loveboat—forever.

Now that fall is here, they’re focusing on what really matters. Sophie is determined to be the best student Dartmouth’s ever had. Xavier just wants to stay under his overbearing father’s radar, collect his trust fund when he turns eighteen, and concentrate on what makes him happy.

But the world doesn’t seem to want either to succeed. Sophie’s college professor thinks her first major project is “too feminine.” Xavier’s father gives him an ultimatum: finish high school or be cut off from his inheritance.

Then Sophie and Xavier find themselves on a wild, nonstop Loveboat reunion, hatching a joint plan to take control of their futures. Can they succeed together . . . or are they destined to combust?

Content Warning: physical and emotional child abuse (described and occurs on page)

Thoughts

Thanks to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

I was really excited to find out there was a sequel to Loveboat, Taipai and even happier to find out that it would follow different characters, Sophie and Xavier. Although I’d say you could read this without reading the first, but you would love all the backstory between Sophie and Xavier and the rest of the Loveboat Group that was established in the first.

I was happy I went with the audiobook for this one when I did end up finally getting to this one. It was the perfect read for a drive during a rainy summer day. It was a sweet romance that technically happens in the Fall, but with the gloomy rainy day it was also perfect. Once again, I enjoyed Emily Woo Zeller’s narration, back from narrating the first one as well. She did a great job at giving both Sophie and Xavier individual voices and personalities that were recognizable from the first book. I could immediately recognize each character from the main group and never found myself confused on who was talking.

I loved the character growth of both Sophie and Xavier individually and together. I also loved the inclusion of the tech focus, completely different from the focus of the first book. I loved how Wen developed the conflict between Sophie and Xavier and the tech department in the University and Xavier’s family company and the resulted link between the two character’s goals. I also loved how it was overall handled – but I’m a sucker for a girl in STEM lol.

Now for the romance. I found it different than in the first, but in a good way. Second chance and forbidden love are tropes I love when done right and I think Wen did a great job with them. A nice push-pull between the two of them and the slips were exactly what I had been hoping for these two.

I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of representation involved in this. I hadn’t realized there would be dyslexia representation and I had never heard of dysgraphia before. I love how it was handled and the information/education that Wen provided – both in story and in the information at the end.

This was a nice YA Romance where I got to revisit some adorable characters that I wasn’t expecting to be able to return to. It was nice to see how they were handling life after high school/Loveboat. If you’ve read the first then I highly recommend picking this one up. If you haven’t and enjoy summer romances turned more with some rich people, boarding school feels then this is for you.

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