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“Universal growing pains and questioning of identity are explored alongside the experiences of being children of Vietnamese refugees and immigrants.”
—Kirkus Reviews

A Pho Love Story

Written by Loan Le
Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

If Bao Nguyen had to describe himself, he’d say he was a rock. Steady and strong, but not particularly interesting. His grades are average, his social status unremarkable. He works at his parents’ pho restaurant, and even there, he is his parents’ fifth favorite employee. Not ideal.

If Linh Mai had to describe herself, she’d say she was a firecracker. Stable when unlit, but full of potential for joy and fire. She loves art and dreams pursuing a career in it. The only problem? Her parents rely on her in ways they’re not willing to admit, including working practically full-time at her family’s pho restaurant.

For years, the Mais and the Nguyens have been at odds, having owned competing, neighboring pho restaurants. Bao and Linh, who’ve avoided each other for most of their lives, both suspect that the feud stems from feelings much deeper than friendly competition.

But then a chance encounter brings Linh and Bao in the same vicinity despite their best efforts and sparks fly, leading them both to wonder what took so long for them to connect. But then, of course, they immediately remember.

Can Linh and Bao find love in the midst of feuding families and complicated histories?

Primary ISBN: 9781534441934

Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, eBook
Young Adult, Age 12 or older

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Setting: United States

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: 1st Generation

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