The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee (Book Review)

Publisher: Amulet Books
Page Count
: 310

First of all, huge shout out to my cousin, because she technically bought this book back when she visited me in Canada. Because she went off on a world tour (making her sound like a rock star and being totally fine with it), she didn’t want to bring it along and left it with me instead. Due to my inability to not buy books during my stay abroad, I was able to ship it back to Austria with my other stuff, where I finally had the time to dive into this epic tale. Long story short, this read was sponsored by my lovely cousin – thank you!

To begin with, this book was laugh out loud funny! And sometimes that is exactly what you need in life. I am not saying it doesn’t have numerous kick-ass action sequences and even some thought provoking conversations, but I am sure that whenever I will think back about The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, I will think about its amazing humor.

I went into this book knowing very little about the plot. I was aware that there was some Chinese folklore and mythology involved, but I would be lying if I told you I knew much about that either. All I did know with a certainty was that a lot of my friends and mutuals in the book community loved reading it and had a blast. I am always wary of diving into books where the hype is real (which explains why I often read them with quite the delay to everyone else), but I am all the more happy when the hype was completely justified.

Everything was very witty and straightforward from start to finish. You were either on board with Genie’s hilariously charming but also angry voice or you weren’t and I was definitely there for all of that. The characters in general all stood out with their own personality traits, with Quentin and Genie’s interactions being weird and awkward while simultaneously amazing. (Again, I laughed out loud a lot!)

Finally, I really enjoyed seeing some parental involvement (still far too rare in YA for my taste), getting a better look at Genie’s cultural background and experiencing some real struggle to balance her demon-hunting with life/love/friendship/school/extracurriculars, because let’s face it, some book heroes just make it seem way too easy.

Fazit: 4/5 stars! Can’t wait to see where future installments will lead!

Have you read The Epic Crush of Genie Lo? Did you like it? Would you want to pick it up if you haven’t read it yet?

18 thoughts on “The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee (Book Review)

  1. Yay!! So happy you enjoyed it! I gave it the same rating as well, although I loved it, it wasn’t quite a 5 star read for me. My review is going up tomorrow!!

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  2. Ahh I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed that one and most importantly, that it lived up to the hype for you. This book has been everywhere and praised by everyone a little while ago, but… I still haven’t read it either. You make it sound like a really funny and adventurous kind of book somehow, though, and yay for parents being present, I am ALL FOR THAT. I think I’ll have to read that one someday 🙂
    Lovely review, Kat! ❤

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  3. Great review for this book Kat, and oh I’m so glad you enjoyed it as well. I’ve seen a couple of other glowing reviews for The Epic Crush of Genie Lo and with every one I read I’m more and more determined to get around to it myself eventually. 🙂 I have a weakness for books that are laugh out loud funny (despite the strange looks I’ll get reading them on the train into work) and Genie sounds like an incredible character so hopefully I’ll be able to get to this one soon.
    Again great review! 😀 ❤

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