Title: The Wangs vs. the World
Author: Jade Chang
Pub Date: October 4th, 2016
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I thought I would really like this book. The blurb made the story sound so promising. It was supposed to be some hilarious novel, ‘hysterically funny from the first page’. I have a different sense of humour than guys at the book’s publishing house. It was ok, the humour in it was a bit embarrassing, not funny. The story was a bit too ‘jumpy’ for me, a lot was happening and the plot line was a bit blurry. And there is a lot of events packed into the story which are not necessary needed to be in the book… It just didn’t hold together very well.
It is a story of Wang family, a story of immigrants, of riches to rags. Charles Wang came to America and lived his American dream. He becomes a wealthy man building a cosmetic empire, married a pretty model and had three children. Charles remarried later, to Barbra (also immigrant, she named herself after Barbra Streisand), when his first wife died in a helicopter accident that he survived. Now he has to face bankruptcy. His whole cosmetic empire is being repossessed, and he has nothing left. So he packs his family and embarks on a road trip across the States to upstate New York where his oldest daughter is living. All this time he has the plan to come back to China and reclaim his ancestor land that was taken from them by Communists.
This whole financial disaster, road trip and repossession of family’s land in China is a way in which Wang family is supposed to be brought up together again – this is what the book blurb says. I didn’t notice that at all. There was never a time in the book that I thought that this family is broken and needs to be brought up together. And after all that happened to them throughout the book I still didn’t believe that it was some breakthrough for them, and now they can feel like a family again, now they can feel they love each other.
I didn’t enjoy reading this book; I was just thinking about ending it. But I didn’t hate it. The characters were interesting, and if put in a better plot line would be enjoyable to read about. So because of the characters that I liked, I decided to give it three stars, but I was considering two stars. Tough choice…