Kim Wong Keltner I Want Candy

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I Want Candy

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Fourteen-year-old Candace Ong is wasting away in wonderland—Eggroll Wonderland, the restaurant where her under-Americanized family toils in San Francisco. She loves rock candy and rock music, jelly beans and jelly shoes—and hangs with her best friend Ruby, whose wild life she envies. Candace wants more than another stifling summer stuck in the kitchen. So when a new opportunity arises, she leaps at the chance—even though it means leaving home to experience a tantalizing, dangerous life far beyond the dim sum ho hum. But the waiting world may be a lot more than one brainiac Chinese Lolita can safely handle.

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The only thing that keeps Kim Wong Keltner from writing is when she’s trapped under an avalanche of her daughter’s stuffed animals. Keltner is the author of The Dim Sum of All Things, Buddha Baby, and I Want Candy. Tiger Babies Strike Back is her first work of nonfiction.

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More than anything, 14-year-old Candace Ong wants not to be stuck as a waitress in a restaurant like Eggroll Wonderland; that’s the one in San Francisco’s Chinatown where her joyless parents work, night and day, and embarrass their daughter with their fractured English. She is also getting extremely tired of playing the role of smart—but pudgy—sidekick to her best friend, the beautiful and very sexy Ruby Ping. But playing a new part isn’t always easy, and Candace makes some often funny, sometimes sad mistakes, most of them of a sexual, vaguely Lolitaesque nature. As she did in her first two novels, The Dim Sum of All Things (2004) and Buddha Baby (2005), Keltner explores the rigors of finding one’s identity as a member of two cultures. Her introduction of magical realism into the latter part of her book is a bit disconcerting to the reader but helpful to Candace in discovering important aspects of her Chinese heritage. --Michael Cart

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