The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is a standalone paranormal book.
What do you do when you have a premise (Chinese demons in the Bay Area! Sun Wukong is a student at my school!) that would ask a lot of suspension of disbelief from your readers?
You write a book that is so intentionally over-the-top that no one can take what’s happening seriously. What are you going to do, criticize it for being unrealistic? It’s supposed to be that way. And, I mean, it works – this doesn’t feel like a mediocre paranormal romance, and it’s fun.
I should stop reading these kinds of book as soon as I realize what they are, because they’re really, really not for me.
Quirky writing style, funny misunderstandings – books like these are fun for 100 pages. After that, I get really sick of them. It’s just another Heroine Complex situation: I liked the premise, but the writing was so “not for me” that I got bored halfway through.
But just because it doesn’t work for me (and now I know that) it doesn’t mean it can’t work for you. That’s my only complaint, and if it doesn’t bother you, you’ll probably like this book.
But for me? Everything felt forced.
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo would be a great graphic novel. The writing style was perfect for that – the dialogue was the most interesting part, there was a lot of action, and you don’t need descriptions (…there were almost none) when you have the pictures.
Also: Genie is an angry girl, and I liked that – she’s not a stereotypical YA protagonist. She was also the only character I cared about. Quentin was fun, but nothing more.
My rating: ★★