NOVEL REVIEW: Last Tang Standing By Lauren Ho



Eiyo Fadneiras,

How are you guys doing? I hope you guys are doing good. Happy first day of full-lockdown to all my Malaysian friends. Yes, we are back to our lockdown days again. What to do.... the Covid-19 situation here is really bad now. However, I hope you guys will stay positive. It's because this is for our own good. And trust me, it's not going to be forever.

Reading books/novels is one of the best things to do during your stay-at-home vacation (I prefer to give lockdown a positive name ^_^). So for today's post, I'm going to share with you guys a review of a novel I just finished reading last two weeks. The novel is titled Last Tang Standing. The novel is written by Lauren Ho. So let's not waste time and get on with the review. We shall begin with Lauren Ho's bio.


ABOUT LAUREN HO

The sassy author -Lauren Ho (Image: jillgrinbergliterary.com)


Lauren Ho is a Chinese-Malaysian author who lives in Singapore. She likes to write funny stories. Before Ho resides in Singapore, she used to live in the United Kingdom, France, and Luxembourg. If you want to know more about Ho and her projects, pls feel free to visit her official website and socmed accounts.


LAUREN HO'S WEBSITE & SOCMED ACCOUNTS (Just Click on Each Link)

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: HELLO LAUREN HO

TWITTER: @hellolaurenho

INSTAGRAM: @hellolaurenho


ABOUT LAST TANG STANDING



Last Tang Standing (LTS) is a romantic comedy, chic-lit, and self-discovery novel. LTS tells the story of Andrea Tang. Andrea is a Chinese-Malaysian lawyer who lives in Singapore, 33 years old, and has a very chic lifestyle. She has a successful career as a lawyer, lives in a posh apartment, wears designer stuff head-to-toe, and has a group of cool friends who hangs out with her at swanky clubs. 

The only thing that is missing in Andrea's life is love. Andrea is still single and hasn't found her Mr. Right yet. Every time Andrea went to family gatherings, her relatives and even her mother will always ask her the 'gold question' -WHEN ARE YOU GETTING MARRIED? This question makes Andress depress and desperate to look for love. But searching for Mr. Right is not an easy thing for Andrea even tho she is an attractive woman inside out (Umm.....in fact, searching for the right person is never an easy thing for all of us no matter how intelligent and attractive we are :P).

Throughout her Mr. Right quest, Andrea meets a lot of guys- a young charming scammer, a doctor who only has time for his job, a romantic and charming billionaire named Eric Deng, and a down-to-earth lawyer who loves drawing comics named Suresh Aditparan. Suresh is Andrea's colleague and roommate at work. 

As the story goes on, Andrea and Suresh become close friends. Andrea and Suresh love talking to each other about life. They share their struggles and problems with each other. It turns out that Andrea and Suresh have a lot of things in common. They soon develop romantic feelings towards each other. Andrea really likes Suresh. But at the same time, she is afraid of her family's opinion of Suresh. Suresh is an Indian and plus, he's not a crazy rich Asian. Suresh is definitely not the guy Andrea's family will approve compare to Eric Deng.

As days go by, Andrea gets torn and confused. Which path should she pursue? Should Andrea go for what she wants? Or should she follow her family's wishes?


MY REVIEW OF THE LAST TANG STANDING

Voila!!!!!!!!!! My illustration of Andrea Tang. I tried to make her look like Park Min Young ^_^ (Image: My Artstagram @fmooneira_art)


First of all, I have to say that this novel is chic, hilarious, joyful, and fun to read. This novel is definitely good for light reading. Plus, I love self-discovery novels. Reading self-discovery novels help me to reflect on myself. 

I like the way Ho uses POV 1 for her writing in LTS. It puts us, readers, closer to the protagonist, Andrea Tang. The author also uses diary-style writing for this novel. It makes this novel very enjoyable to read. I think Ho's writing style is very chic, sassy, and trendy. It makes us happy reading her work.

From reading LTS, I learned a lot about the Chinese-Malaysia culture. Before reading LTS, I only have 30% of knowledge about the Chinese-Malaysian culture. I always want to learn more about the Chinese-Malaysian culture because it is part of my heritage. To be honest, I'm actually half Chinese and half Malay. My late grandmother (my father's mother) is actually Chinese adopted by a Malay family. 

Besides the Chinese-Malaysian culture, I also learned that it is important to set your priority straight and be firm with it. Others can suggest to you what to do and comment about you. But they don't walk in your shoes. So they don't really know how you feel, what you have been through, and what you want. So in the end it is always your decision that counts. After all, your life is your own responsibility.

Reading LTS also tells me that having a chic lifestyle and a successful career with a handsome salary doesn't always make you happy. Especially if your job is not your passion and dreams. This also tells me that money and luxuries can't buy us happiness all the time. 

Overall, I really enjoyed reading LTS. I'm giving this novel 8/10. I also highly recommend this novel to bookworms who are looking for something chic and light to read. This novel is also good for those who like stories with Asian vibes. If you like the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy by Kevin Kwan, you are also going to like the Last Tang Standing. 

Last but not least, I hope LTS will be adapted into an Asian movie/drama one day. I hope to see South Korean romantic comedy queen, Park Min Young as Andrea Tang. I believe the role will suit Park Min Young. Plus, her English is very fluent. I also hope to see British-Indian actor, Dev Patel as Suresh Aditparan. Dev Patel is a talented and charismatic actor. I believe the role will suit him, and he will have good chemistry with Park Min Young. Hehehe.

Ok lah, that's all for now. Thank you for reading this review. Hope to see you guys again soon.

XoXo,

Fadima Mooneira ^_^


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Comments

  1. This book sounds like something right up in my alley. I love a good rom-com! Enjoyed your review and your fancast!

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  2. This sounds like a really great read and would actually make a great movie! Fab review :) x

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    1. Yeah, I hope this book will be adapted into a movie one day. I love stories with Asian vibes.

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  3. Sounds like a really nice read, and I'm always a fan of books that seems like they'd be good on the screen too. They have that entertaining factor! Great review.

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  4. Ruth| Ruthiee loves GlamourJune 1, 2021 at 5:11 AM

    I have never read or heard of this book before but it sounds fab. I would love to give it a try.

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  5. This sounds right up my street and I am very intrigued by the synopsis! Sorry to hear about another lockdown in Malaysia, keep strong! x

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    1. Thank you. I believe this lockdown is going to be good for us. Insya’Allah.

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  6. Yes please. I hope that it will be transformed into a movie soon. I will definitely check out the novel first.

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    1. Yes, pls. Read the novel first before you watch the movie. Baru lah fun.

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  7. Sounds pretty interesting and entertaining, love your illustration..

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  8. I really do love a romantic comedy - it's one the genres in books that I pick up and can't put down. This sounds like a lovely read for summer!

    Rosie

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    1. So true! It's a good book to tag along and read while you're relaxing at the beach or having a picnic at the park.

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  9. This sounds like a fun read! I love that there were some good lessons to learn in there too. I'm going to put this on my to be read list :)

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  10. I absolutely love your illustration! I need to check this author out, as I genuinely feel like their books!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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  11. I love reading fun novels and this one seems like the right choice. Great review 👌👌👌👌👌

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    1. Yes, this is a good book for light reading. Yeah, pls go for it!

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  12. sinopsis buku ni macam menarik je. and i love reading fiction books yang kita boleh belajar somthing tentang culture

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  13. Sounds fun. Not exactly my genre but would make a great recommended read for those interested in Malaysian or Singaporean culture, I'm sure.

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    1. Yes, true. You can learn the Chinese-Malaysian and Singaporean culture from reading this novel.

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  14. I read this book last year and enjoyed it! I think if I had read it before the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, I would've liked it even more, but it was *so* similar that I had a tough time separating them haha! However, it was definitely fun and upbeat and would be a great movie. I like your casting choices :)

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  15. A book a day, make the time goes away. Yeahh.. MCO should be fill with reading a book.

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    1. So true. So read more yea. Don’t just binge watching Netflix or Disney Hotstar. Hehehehehehe.......

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  16. Ada nampak buku ni dekat book xcess hari tu... Mcm menarik kalau cerita mcm crazy rich asian tu.. Akak suka😜

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    1. Yeah, I like stories with Asian vibes. Plus, it is part of my heritage.

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  17. Aghhhh suka buku genre camni. Hehehe. Nanti akak nak cari Kinokuniya. Nampak hari tu. Akak fikir, tunggu Munira review. Sekali betul awak review. Haahahaha.

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    1. Wah......Pn Ruby Dah tahu taste kita nampak gaya nyer.

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  18. Cantiknyaa penulisnya.. kalau buku macam ni, time BBW sale boleh cari ni.. lama tak membaca ni, boleh laa nanti cuba tengok..

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    1. Yay......baca lay sis. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

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  19. Cerita romantik ya.. I kene tgk jalan cerita juga.. If ada funny dikit ok la.. If slow.. I memg tak berapa minat.. Lama betul taknbaca buku ni. If dijafikan movie atau drama menarik

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  20. Interesting story and something that so close to our daily life, i mean my circle do have someone with the same story too! Oh yes, sure awesome when put this story on screen right..

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    1. Yeah, i’m looking forward to it. I hope it will be adapted into a movie soon.

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  21. I’m glad you found a connection to this book which sounds like such a fun read! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.

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  22. Very nice blog, and I love your artwork! Congrats on buying your domain name. I'm sorry to hear you are in lockdown again. I visited Malaysia about 10 years ago and really enjoyed it (I linked to what I wrote about Malaysia here so you can read it if you want to.)

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    1. Ok. I’ll check it out. Thank you. Btw, i’m glad that you enjoyed Malaysia. And thank you for your prayers.

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  23. This sounds like my kind of book! I like fun and lighthearted reads. Your review on the book is great too.

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  24. Sounds like a great book - I love that it's a light read and focuses on Chinese-Malaysia culture!

    Serena / http://www.ramblingsofanotherunigraduate.com

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  25. 8/10 means pretty good book tho

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  26. the author is so cantek. btw tq for recommend this book. i will try find one.. during mco the best thing to do is reading a book!

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    1. Yes true. Mase MCO NIe la time nak jinakkan diri dgn membaca.

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  27. Such a great book review ! Will add it to my must read list this year.

    Thank you for sharing.

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  28. This sounds a really fun read, and right up my street. I enjoy self-discovery books too! I'll have to add this one to my TBR :)

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  29. I'm sorry to hear Malaysia is going back into lockdown, but it's good you're staying positive!
    This books sound cute & fun & it would make a great movie as well!

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  30. Oooh, I've seen this book and thought it looks so fun! Great to see it holds up, I love a good light fun Romcom! Thanks ��

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