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Hello Kitty Must Die by [Choi, Angela S.]
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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: 959 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Tyrus Books (April 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005307LJA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,451 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By K. M. Sherrod on October 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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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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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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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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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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The premise of the book is entertaining and will feel somewhat familiar to anyone who enjoys the dark humor and alternative moral code of Dexter and the earlier Heathers, and at times the book is a real page turner. However, at times the execution of the concept is lacking. The characters are rather flat, and several scenes, including one a feather boa, feel forced, crude and unbelievable.

I can't help but think that with better editing on part of the publisher, this could have been a much better book. It is an interesting first novel from a new author, though, and I look forward to reading more.
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What a different, crazy, cool story to read. The protagonist (Fiona) is an asexual young Asian woman sociopath giving her cold views on the world. Her best friend (Sean) is a serial killer white man whom she's known since grade school and their dialogue/world views are immensely interesting to read.

"The sweet smell of death. Thick, toxic, intoxicating. It made me giddy. It gave me weak orgasms."

He was the product of an abusive home with an overly sexual mother and she has overbearing parents who want to marry her off to the first Asian guy who shows any sort of interest whatsoever. Her father refuses to take no for an answer and she can't seem to get him off her back, so he puts her on blind dates every weekend that always seem to come up missing afterwards only to be found dead later. O_o Accidentally...

The story is laced with Chinese ways/rites/superstitions that she follows or has thrust upon her by her father. For instance, he pressures her into a date with a guy, she says no but he wears her down, then tricks her into an overnight camping trip with the guy (she thought it would be a couple hours hanging out) and because she went overnight with him (she was trapped out in the wilderness, thanks dad!), it meant that she was engaged to the dude and they started setting up her wedding. WTF? So of course she and Sean have to get her out of that situation....some way.

The "Hello Kitty" referenced in the title is in regards to the soft, docile, clawless, cute, mouthless (voiceless), stereotype that many want Asian women to fall into.

Fiona, however, doesn't want marriage, hates children, nor any of the traditional things that her family wants for her.
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