Item description for Sushi For One (Sushi V1) by Camy Tang...
Overview Lex Sakai never had time for dating until her crafty grandmother insisted she bring a date to her cousin?s wedding. The always-in-control Lex uses Ephesians to compile a huge list of traits for the perfect man ? but God seems to have a much more unlikely candidate in mind.
Publishers Description 'Sushi for One? is an entertaining romp into the world of multi-culturalism. I loved learning the idiosyncrasies of Lex's crazy family---which were completely universal. Enjoy '---Kristen Billerbeck, author of What a Girl Wants'In Lex Sakai, Camy Tang gives us a funny, plucky, volleyball-playing heroine with way too many balls in the air. I defy anyone to start reading and not root for Lex all the way to the story's romantic, super-satisfying end.'---Trish Perry, author of The Guy I'm Not DatingLex Sakai's family is big, nosy, and marriage-minded. When her cousin Mariko gets married, Lex will become the oldest single cousin in the clan. Lex has used her Bible study class on Ephesians to compile a huge list of traits for the perfect man. But the one man she keeps running into doesn't seem to have a single quality on her list. It's only when the always-in-control Lex starts to let God take over that all the pieces of this hilarious romance finally fall into place.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 6.32" Height: 0.95" Weight: 0.83 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Number 1
ISBN 0310273986 ISBN13 9780310273981 UPC 025986273989
Availability 0 units.
More About Camy Tang
Camy Tang grew up in Hawaii but she now lives in San Jose, California, with her engineer husband and rambunctious mutt, Snickers. She was a biologist researcher, but these days she is surgically attached to her computer, writing full-time. In her spare time, she is a staff worker for her church youth group, and she leads one of the worship teams for Sunday service. She won the Carol Book of the Year award in the Debut Author category with her novel Sushi for One? Follow Camy online at www.camytang.com.
Reviews - What do customers think about Sushi For One (Sushi V1)?
Shallow at best May 3, 2010
I got this book purely because it was free on my kindle and seemed small enough for an in-between read during a break. I did not know at the time that it was a christian book but a few pages into it I knew exactly what I was reading and what the story would be. I reserved my judgment until the last page and I have to conclude that this was a nice free mind numbing story. It is definitely not something I would have bought as I find it might have been targeted for 14 year old girls in the first stages of experiencing love.
The characters were bad at best, with the protagonist sinking further and further into oblivion at every page turn. I could not make sense of any of the christian remarks as they seemed to be put in to fit the writers purpose rather than the characters personality. Speaking of character development, there seemed to be none. The only person that seems to grow in any form was the one that was converted to accept christianity. The other people in the book, that are already christians, no matter how immature or wrongful they behave, are contempt with what they do showing no remorse (except for when they sleep out of wedlock). This book is a good example of how someone has to twist and bend a particular story to fit a moral rather than allow the story to grow around it.
My end conclusion is this: read the book if you have nothing else to do or if you need an example of how not to write a story but I would strongly advice against buying it.
Long short read with no satisfying resolution Apr 19, 2010
Lex Sakai is an independent dependent woman who wants to have it all: a fulfilling job, coach of a winning volleyball team, and a place of her own. While Lex strives for these things, at the bottom of the totem pole is finding a man to marry, which is priority #1 for her grandmother. There is a big underlying reason for Lex not wanting a boyfriend, but the author literally spends exactly ONE page (if not less) on it and never integrates it into Lex for growth through the book. The premise of the story takes us through the trials of tough breaks, unfair treatment, and small victories for Lex. The time constrained rush of everything is caused by Lex's grandmother, who will pull funding for Lex's beloved junior high volleyball team if Lex does not find a REAL boyfriend by the time of Lex's cousin's wedding.
Although the storyline drew me in, the characters turned me off. Lex is an uncouth woman who barks at people rather than work with what she has. If Lex is so independent, why does she somehow expect Grandma to fund the team or Daddy to keep a roof over her head? And how does she attempt to break the stranglehold of Grandma's purse strings? By dating a man with money. Come on - what about fundraisers and soliciting businesses. With the people Lex did try and solicit, Grandma "got to them," and that reach no longer worked.
For a woman who wants to do it all on her own, she sure has a limited vision. The logic in the story seem plausible, but seriously, Lex lacks brains. She reminds me of the procrastinating college student who throws temper tantrums like a child when she doesn't get what she wants. Is there some justification to this behavior? Sure, but not in EVERY scene.
There is familial support that changes like a wayward wind. If we are to get a glimpse of Asian culture, I can tell you right now, I have YET to see an Asian grandmother use the ultimatum of disowning her son and grandson, Lex's dad and brother, to get Lex to search for a boyfriend. With the Asian families I know, none of them behave this way - give conditional support. For example, Lex's brother was willing to introduce her to whatever guy he knew or didn't know, in exchange for a new car from Grandma. It's ridiculous.
By the end of the story, there is really no character growth or any real life lessons won. Every character lacks any social graces or conscience except for perhaps, Aiden, the nice man who somehow sees light in Lex. Aiden does something underhanded to spare Lex, but she turns it into a personal affront where he should be sorry?
The book was not funny or inspiring and the references to Christianity seemed out of place, especially since it was a primary criterion for Lex's perfect man. Lex, herself, did not behave like with the daily values set of a Christian woman. The read is easy, but after reading "Sushi for One," I will be passing on any more books from Camy Tang if they are written like this.
A little painful to get thru... Apr 11, 2010
While I appreciate and admire the author's writing skill and her achievement, I am not at all impressed by this story. And I really did not enjoy reading this book. For one thing, it might seem realistic for some, but I'm having a hard time taking it seriously. I came from a similar background as the man character, Lex, and many people I know share the same cultural background, but none act like the characters described in the story. Surely there are all sorts of people out there and it's possible that people like that do exist so I can let it go, but it still feels a little too manufactured and grossly exaggerated for me.
Secondly, there are way too many stories that involve main characters having to face a timeline to find himself/herself a spouse/significant other in order to resolve a dilemma in their life. If you watch enough Asian soap operas or read way too many romance books, you would know that this is nothing new. Of course they all have a little twist and spin here and there, but they are not that different from one another. So the story lacks originality, despite its attempts to be different.
Third, I found the part (Sample dialog: "Are you lesbian?" "No, Grandma, I'm Christian!") troubling. I actually stopped reading the book after that and reluctantly returned to finish the story after some times. It just doesn't feel right although I could imagine that part alone has pleased some of its target audience. In any case, I learned to be open-minded and accept Lex's point of view however I admit that I have developed a distrust and dislike of this character. And her behavior did not help redeem her image as the story progressed. She is rude and inconsiderate, she whines a lot, and she is very judgmental. I realized that the main character doesn't have to be likable but she is just too far from it. And she is just not all that interesting or special. I do feel sorry for her because her traumatized experience in the past, but that's all I have for her. I wish I could be proud, be inspired by her because what she has become after her horrible incident, but she just doesn't show any qualities worthy my admiration. I just simply don't care for her after a certain point.
Lastly, Lex keeps stressing and insisting to find a Christian boyfriend and all the other qualities that he should have, but she hasn't necessary demonstrated any of the decent qualities that I'd like to see in a faithful Christian girl. It's certainly not fair to expect all Christians to act in a certain way. However, she should at least try, if her religion matters to her that much. Also the people in her church do not seem likeable, helpful or even friendly. It just seems odd to me that they don't seem like the type of people I'd see in church, or perhaps they, too, found Lex irritating? ;-P
I applaud the efforts and thoughts that the author put in. It's great that the story has inspired or entertained some people, but unfortunately I'm not one of them. And I regret to say that I feel like I should have donated the time and money to charity instead of reading and paying for this book.
OK SO SHE'S A CHRISTEN, I GET IT! Apr 9, 2010
This book really bothered me, I guess the writter REALLY wanted to get the born again Christen meassage across, since she mentions that the main charater is Christen on just about every page. The main charater is really easy to dislike, she acts like she is a tough girl, and then she is just a whiny, selfish baby. I really disliked this book and I think people should know it is a big time message book.
Too many characters Apr 4, 2010
I didn't enjoy reading this book. For one it had way too many characters and by the time I caught up with who was who even more undeveloped characters entered the scene. I found myself in the middle of daydreaming far too many times while attempting to read this one.