F.C Yee's debut YA novel hits all the right notes. Genie Lo's appealing riffs on growing up in the Bay Area, family, boys, and school should be a big hit with teens. The action scenes are well choreographed and dramatic.... Yee's breezy, colloquial style is an excellent vehicle for the backdoor history lesson on Chinese folktales. Highly recommended for ages 15 +.
— Paul, Books Inc. Book Fair Staff
The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie's every waking thought. But when she discovers she's a celestial spirit who's powerful enough to bash through the gates of heaven with her fists, her perfectionist existence is shattered. Enter Quentin, a transfer student from China whose tone-deaf assertiveness beguiles Genie to the brink of madness. Quentin nurtures Genie's outrageous transformation--sometimes gently, sometimes aggressively--as her sleepy suburb in the Bay Area comes under siege from hell-spawn. This epic YA debut draws from Chinese folklore, features a larger-than-life heroine, and perfectly balances the realities of Genie's grounded high school life with the absurd supernatural world she finds herself commanding.
About the Author
F. C. Yee grew up in New Jersey and studied economics at Brown University. For his debut novel, he drew inspiration from the best and wisest people in his life. Outside of writing, he practices capoeira, a Brazilian form of martial arts. He currently calls the San Francisco Bay Area home.