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My Kiasu Teenage Life in Singapore [Paperback]

By Ee Lin See & Ee Lin See (Illustrator)
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Armed with a copy of "The Fine Art of Flirting", a stash of dirty books and a precocious attitude, fifteen year old Pei Yi leaves her sheltered life in small-town Malaysia to accept an ASEAN scholarship at a secondary school in competitive, some might say "kiasu", Singapore. Not since Adrian Mole have the growing pains of a geeky teenager been so painfully exposed to the rest of us! In "My Kiasu Teenage Life in Singapore", author Ee Lin See weaves a charming tale of teenage angst and exposes the lighter side of Singapore into the bargain. A great read for adults and teens alike.

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Studio: Monsoon Books Pte. Ltd.
Pages   175
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 15, 2005
Publisher   Monsoon Books Pte. Ltd.
ISBN  9810530161  
ISBN13  9789810530167  

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Ee Lin is a Joy  Dec 21, 2005
Lucky me! I was fortunate enough to read this book while the author was looking for a publisher. I found it so utterly delightful, it was an honor to encourage her as she went through all the usual hassles of finding a first publisher.

Ee Lin's own wonderful energy and enthusiasm flows into everything she writes. In real life, she has a wealth of friends from around the world visiting her Manhattan apartment, and her love for people comes through in her marvelous knack for creating funny and interesting characters, people who come alive and don't fit the usual teen-book stereotypes. (Some, I freely admit, are people you love to hate.) She even illustrates her work with her own school-girl art. I'd never be that brave! Not in a million years.

Ee Lin has kept in touch with what it means to be teen far from home and a family she loves. Read her, and you will never imagine that she studied economics at one of the most elite universities in the U.S. and has a demanding job trading stocks and bonds on Wall Street. This is a book about growing up by someone who has been successful at growing up. That's important.

I wish her all the best in life and hope this book isn't her last. She is a joy to read and a joy to know!
Funny and entertaining  Aug 29, 2005
I came across this book completely by accident. I caught the word 'kiasu' and being an Indonesian working for Sg company and understand pretty much the culture in Singapore, I was very interested to know what's inside. I bought this and did not regret it. I read it the whole book in one sitting and was very sleepy at work. Hee hee.

The book is basically about the edu system in Sg and the kiasuism of Singaporeans which though in some points admirable, can also be depressing up to a point frightening. Everyone tries to get the best mark, be the best in everything. The Singapore education is expensive, however, it also presents great opportunity for students who have talents and abilities.

The life of students in Sg is described quite vividly. It's funny to read many familiar words or places in the book. Some parts of the books made me laugh out loud too..
Too bad the ending is not very exciting and pretty abrupt. I was expecting some 'closure' to the life of the main character there, but it just ended.

But overall, I would definitely recommend this book to all the prospectus students or students who are studying in Singapore. It's very enlightning and could even be used as a guide on how to live and study in Singapore. Cheers!

Here are a few reviews from my friends  Jan 15, 2005
"Ee Lin See's sweet personality shows through in her debut novel with a diverse set of characters. I laughed a lot while this book sped by." -Amanda Fields, actress, poet

"I like it a lot - it's like reading someone's journal, but guilt free!!" -David Tang, lawyer

"Wacky, in a good way!" -Javier Vargas, trader

"It's a fascinating insight into a part of the English-speaking world few Americans know anything about." -David Miller, world traveler


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