As the only Asian person in her small-town Indiana high school, Ali Chu deals with and ignores a fair amount of clueless racism. But when Chase Yu moves in and everyone assumes they are meant for each other, Ali begins to fight back. The most annoying part is that she does find herself attracted to Chase in spite of her anger about everyone’s matchmaking. However, when Ali’s mom finds out about Chase, she forbids a relationship even though she has always said Ali can date Chinese boys. As Ali tries to find reasons for her mother’s opposition, she finds out more family secrets than she was ready for.
Our Wayward Fate is an interesting story about identity, friendship, and family. Ali’s experience gives a unique perspective of Asian American life while also showing universal family struggles. Her story is eye opening and intriguing. A good read for teens everywhere.
Recommended ages--13 and up