When Dimple Met Rishi meets Loveboat, Taipei in this hilarious YA rom-com about a Chinese Filipina girl in Manila whose father sets her up on a marathon of arranged dates in hopes of convincing her to stay close to home for college.
“A sweet and refreshing story about family, first love, and chasing your dreams. The way Coyiuto writes romance will completely sweep you away.” —Dustin Thao, New York Times bestselling author of You’ve Reached Sam.
Chloe knows what it takes to be the perfect Liang daughter—stay in Manila, study business management, and join the family company. But when she unexpectedly gets off the wait list for USC, her dream of becoming an animator in the United States is suddenly within reach.
Before she goes, her auntie insists on planning a traditional debut for Chloe’s eighteenth birthday. And while a party with all her friends and family sounds like the perfect send-off, the huge production her auntie wants—complete with ball gowns and a choreographed dance number—makes Chloe want to pass out from stage fright.
To make matters worse, her father, intent on finding Chloe the perfect escort for the party, keeps setting her up on one awkward kaishao—or arranged date—after another. Why does her dad suddenly care so much about her love life? And what happens when she actually starts to fall for one of the guys, only to have to leave at the end of the summer?
At home in the Philippines, Chloe has her future all planned out for her. In America, nothing is certain. With a career in animation far from guaranteed, Chloe must decide if following her dreams is worth everything—and everyone—she’ll be leaving behind.
About the Author
Mae Coyiuto is a Chinese Filipino writer, born and raised in the Philippines. Mae earned her BA in psychology from Pomona College and her master’s degree in writing for children and young adults from the New School. If she’s not writing, she’s usually fangirling over Beyoncé, tennis, Gilmore Girls, or all of the above. She currently lives in Manila.
Praise for Chloe and the Kaishao Boys:
A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year
“An endearing story from a fresh voice of family, first love, and taking chances.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A snappy, voicey debut filled with myriad embarrassing meet-cutes . . . A sweetly rendered, idiosyncratic cast who communicate via clever, Tagalog- and Hokkien-punctuated banter populate this laugh-out-loud exploration of Chinoy culture, first love, and intracommunal tensions.” —Publishers Weekly
“Coyiuto’s lovely debut is quite funny and filled with fantastic family banter. As readers follow Chloe through different dates, they will root for her as she struggles with matters of the heart, including romance, family, and how hard it can be to make a life changing choice.” —Booklist
“Friendship, matchmaking, family expectations, and a Filipino debut come together in this sweet novel about finding who you are . . . Between love triangles and enemies-to-lovers, this novel explores a few romantic tropes, but the highlight is a relatable heroine who is leaving her childhood behind and focusing on the adult she wants to become.” —School Library Journal
“Tells the story of the ups and downs of following one's dreams, with plenty of meet-cutes along the way.” —PopSugar
“Witty, fun, and filled with joyous moments, Chloe and the Kaishao Boys is a delightful Pinoy rom-com about love, friendship, family, and figuring out the future.” —Randy Ribay, National Book Award Finalist for Patron Saints of Nothing
“Full of swoons and charm. Coyiuto has crafted a sparkling rom-com that you won't want to miss.” —Jennifer Dugan, author of Hot Dog Girl and Some Girls Do
“An immensely fun, smart, and endearing debut, Chloe and the Kaishao Boys is overflowing with laugh-out-loud moments and honest sincerity. A romance destined to instantly capture every reader’s heart.” —Julian Winters, award-winning author of Running With Lions and Right Where I Left You “Equal parts addictive, hilarious, and moving, Chloe and the Kaishao Boys is a must-read look at following your dreams, finding your people, and knowing where you belong.” —Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of Picture Us in the Light and When We Were Infinite