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Hello Kitty Must Die [Kindle Edition]

Angela S. Choi
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Book Description

On the outside, twenty-eight-year-old Fiona Yu appears to be just another Hello Kitty--an educated, well-mannered Asian American woman. Secretly, she feels torn between the traditional Chinese values of her family and the social mores of being an American girl.

To escape the burden of carrying her family's honor, Fiona decides to take her own virginity. In the process, she makes a surprising discovery that reunites her with a long-lost friend, Sean Killroy. Sean introduces her to a dark world of excitement, danger, cunning, and cruelty, pushing her to the limits of her own morality. But Fiona's father throws her new life into disarray when he dupes her into an overnight trip that results in a hasty engagement to Don Koo, the spoiled son of a wealthy chef.

Determined to thwart her parents' plans to marry her off into Asian suburbia, Fiona seeks her freedom at any price. How far will she go to bury the Hello Kitty stereotype forever? Fiona's journey of self-discovery is biting and clever as she embraces her true nature and creates her own version of the American Dream, eliminating--without fear or remorse--anyone who stands in her way.

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Choi's scorching-hot debut rips into the stereotype of Hello Kitties, young Asian-American women who are upwardly mobile, outwardly modern, but trapped by their families' old-fashioned cultural expectations. A week before turning 28, Fiona Fi Yu, a San Francisco corporate lawyer who lives with her parents, uses a silicone device to take her own virginity, an act she soon regrets. When she consults Dr. Sean Killroy about restoring her hymen, the cosmetic surgeon turns out to be Sean Deacon, a former grade school classmate who once lit a girl's hair on fire. Fi renews her friendship with Sean, who draws her into a secret world that's empowering but also highly disturbing. As Sean encourages Fi to fight back when her parents suggest suitors, people who cause problems for Fi wind up dead. A demonic stir-fry of influences, including Amy Tan, Chuck Palahniuk, Clive Barker, and Candace Bushnell, infuses Choi's prose with passionate ferocity. (Apr.)
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Look to the blatantly homicidal intent in the title, not the hot pink cover, to get a sense of this debut novel, which combines the violence and nihilism of a Chuck Palahniuk or Brett Easton Ellis novel with chick-lit label-dropping. “The six-figure salary, the J. D., the Eileen Fisher-Armani-Calvin Klein wardrobe didn't liberate me from the confines of tradition, culture and family,” says 28-year-old San Francisco lawyer Fiona Yu. Still a virgin and living with her Chinese American parents, who are aggressively intent on marrying her off, Fi rails against stereotypes of Asian women as “mouthless, clawless, Hello Kitties.” Fi finds increasingly twisted escapism from family pressure and corporate life with Sean, a long-lost childhood friend, who, Fi realizes, has matured from youthful sociopathic acts, such as setting a classmate on fire, into a busy and focused serial killer. The novel's remorseless, homicidal spree, reminiscent of that in the film Natural Born Killers, and the acid-bath satire work against glimpses of Fi's real vulnerabilities, creating an uneven, sometimes alienating mix. The shock-value plot should provoke plenty of hype, but it's Choi's furious, laugh-out-loud social commentary that is most noteworthy. --Gillian Engberg

Product Details

  • File Size: 323 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099570491
  • Publisher: Tyrus Books (April 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005307LJA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,946 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atypical crime fiction that's lots of fun October 14, 2010
Imagine, if you will, what the offspring of Sandra Tsing Loh (or Amy Tan) and Chuck Pahlaniuk might be like. Imagine their daughter had a law degree and chucked it to write crime fiction, but kept the stiletto heels and Prada.

You've just imagined both Angela S. Choi and her debut novel's protagonist, Fiona. Except Fiona chooses not to write crime fiction, but to abet crime itself, in a very strange way.

This is a pithy and entertaining read. Fi is not an adorable, likeable character, not a Hello Kitty (all cuteness, no mouth, no threat, no will of her own), but a smart and sassy woman who knows what she wants -- and, more importantly, what she does not. The story concerns her unorthodox but ultimately successful quest to achieve both ends in her own prickly way.

Her partner in crime, Sean, is less well-drawn and never quite comes alive, but perhaps he doesn't need to. While Fi describes him as the love of her life, it's obvious that she doesn't mean this in the conventional or romantic sense: he's her ultimate anti-fashion accessory, and on that level he's just what the doctor ordered (and yes, he's a doctor). His job is not to fulfill or complete her, but to wedge her out of the role in which she has felt trapped, as is, perhaps, hers for him.

Ultimately, this book is about getting stuff out of one's system. Now that Choi has gotten some stuff out of hers -- her obvious distaste for Chinese culture and for the way in which deliberate singles are viewed -- I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next, for she shows a great deal of promise. Next!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! August 5, 2011
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I was intrigued first by the title, and then by the blurb. I was smitten with the writing on the first page and by the 12% mark, knew I'd finish the book in one sitting.

I absolutely loved this story. It's dark and snarky and wrong and witty and clever and perfect if you enjoy true crime/horror genres (think "Dexter"), wondered about Chinese culture, or questioned your own role(s) as a female.

Angela S. Choi is now on my auto-buy list.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting June 13, 2011
This book definitely gets an R rating (sex and violence both). Interesting story about a woman who's tired of having to be everyone's ideal (and tired of being set up on dates by her parents). After running into an old friend from school, she develops a new ... uh... hobby? Killing.
Funny in parts, uncomfortable in parts ... enjoyable if not taken too seriously.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I do like this book! August 2, 2011
By JohnR
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Sorry, I am not very good at this!

But I really did like this book. It is very different, and in a good way.

It is enjoyable, fun to read, and totally unpredictable.

And it is well edited, I saw no errors at all

Good job, thank you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting..... August 8, 2011
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Entertaining enough for a free read, but extremely odd. Towards the middle of the book I found myself wondering where is this going?!?! But, it wrapped up quite well I think.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't stop reading it. August 6, 2011
By plantas
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This novel was unusual and compelled me to read it to the end. I'm still not sure how much I liked it but it caught my attention to the last page. It was a fascinating read, and I'm still pondering it after reading three other books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised me August 29, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book! I didn't think that I would when I first started reading it and then something made me keep reading. It has a lot of twists and turns in the book. I would recommend (as a matter of fact I did recommend) to my friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and dark August 22, 2011
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I throughly enjoyed this book. I downloaded it because of the title and was pleasantly surprised with this little story. If you like Dexter you might enjoy this. I could easily idenitify with Fiona with our Asian family. This is a must read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars horrible
looking just at the cover made me want to vomit i dont think this is apropriate for kids of any sort i think this book shoild be taken off
Published 1 month ago by BboomS84
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a great read. I lover it.
Published 1 month ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars book is in great condition.
Thank you, book is in great condition.
Published 2 months ago by Melanie Peterson
1.0 out of 5 stars Reads Like Personal Rant x Fantasy Diary
I had such high hopes for this too. The person I heard about it from spoke so highly of it but when I popped it open... I was so underwhelmed in so many ways. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Twankiie
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Gift for a friend
Published 5 months ago by spellingwitch
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent writing, fun premise, twisted Asian girl, I mean, what's not to...
Well, I was happy to see an Asian writer with such a twisted vision write a story about one unwanted hymen, a serial killer, and apparently illogical Chinese culture. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Derek J. Vasconi
5.0 out of 5 stars What if Ally McBeal was a Serial Killer?
A sarcastic and witty female attorney is tired of being trampled on by her parents, her bosses, and her relatives. Read more
Published 11 months ago by C. Baker
1.0 out of 5 stars Nonsense
I like to finish what I start when I read. This book was difficult to finish. Maybe just not my type.l
Published 13 months ago by H. Justman
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed out loud!
I love to read and do most of my best reading in the bathtub, surrounded by my faithful minions (Two large German Shepherds and an old cranky cat) who loyally snooze nearby. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Faith G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sassy and Enjoyable
I picked up this book because it was free and had a catchy title. I ended up really enjoying it. It was humorous, sarcastic, and entertaining. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mandy F.
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