Close

All MCPL branches will closed on July 4 for Independence Day. Our Virtual Branch is available 24/7.

Back to top

Amy’s Romance Review Corner: “The Donut Trap” by Julie Tieu

Amy’s Romance Review Corner: “The Donut Trap” by Julie Tieu

February 8, 2022

After graduating from UCLA, Jasmine Tran works at her family’s donut shop, having no idea what else to do with her life and very few prospects. Enter Alex Lai: her best friend’s boyfriend’s roommate—and her old crush. Things are going great between the two… until one fateful dinner when Alex finally meets Jasmine’s parents, with his own mother in tow. It turns out that Alex lied to his mother about Jas's accomplishments to make her look better. Needless to say, the dinner does not go well, and Alex has a lot of groveling to do. Meanwhile, Jasmine takes on a new job, one that gets her out of the donut shop.

This book is centered on lies and lying. What motivates someone to lie? Jas, under pressure from her strict parents, lies to them about going out, meeting new people, and doing new things. Alex, in a bid to make Jasmine seem like a more suitable partner to his mother, lies about who she is and what she’s done with her life. But in the end, Jasmine and her parents navigate the lying minefield and have a real discussion that is wholly satisfying.

I listened to this one on audio and really enjoyed it! The dynamics (and difficulties) between the first-generation Chinese immigrant parents and the second-generation characters were so nuanced and complex. I really enjoyed vicariously exploring these cultural differences.

Place a hold on The Donut Trap by Julie Tieu today! Click on the link to pick your reading preference (book, eBook, or eAudiobook). For more great romance reads, check out our Romance Genre Page for a broad selection of titles to suit many reading tastes.

Happy reading!

Amy F.
Information and Reader Services Department

Add new comment

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.

View All Blogs

Read Similar Blogs:
Books and Reading

Resources You May Also Like

TumbleMath

Learn basic math concepts through animated stories.
More Info

Indie Author Project

Submit and share your eBook in libraries statewide.
More Info

Blogs You May Also Like

MCPL Kicks Off 2020 Winter Reading Challenge
Read More

MCPL Kicks Off 2020 Winter Reading Challenge

Mid-Continent Public Library is encouraging adults across the Kansas City metro to participate in
Amy’s Romance Review Corner: Mr. Wrong Number
Read More

Amy’s Romance Review Corner: Mr. Wrong Number

I have to say—I loved this book!
Building Block Awards: Vote on Your Favorite Picture Book!
Read More

Building Block Awards: Vote on Your Favorite Picture Book!

Did you know that each year, kids ages 0-6 in Missouri vote for their favorite picture book?
Reads for Hanukkah!
Read More

Reads for Hanukkah!

This year, Hanukkah (or Chanukah) began the evening of Sunday, November 28, and will end the evening of

Was this page helpful? Yes No