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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gloria Chao  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;

Born:


-- Blog -- https://gloriachao.wordpress.com/blog/
-- Facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/gloriachaoauthor/
-- Instagram -- https://www.instagram.com/gloriacchao/
-- Twitter -- https://twitter.com/gloriacchao
-- Website -- https://gloriachao.wordpress.com/


Illinois Connection

Chao lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gloria Chao is an MIT grad turned dentist turned writer.


Awards

American Panda

Junior Library Guild Selection

B&N Teen Blog Most Anticipated Debuts, 2018

Justine Magazine’s Most Anticipated Books, 2018

Bustle’s 27 Most Anticipated YA Contemporary Books

New York Public Library’s Most Anticipated YA Books, 2018

Hypable’s Most Anticipated Diverse YA Books, 2018

Read Brightly’s 18 Most Exciting YA Books, 2018

Book Riot’s Must Read February Books

Starred Review, VOYA

Starred Review, School Library Journal

Starred Review, Booklist

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

ILLINOIS READS Book Selections, Illinois Reading Council, 2019

Our Wayward Fate

BuzzFeed's 24 YA Books To Devour During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Paste Best Young Adult Novel of October, 2019

B&N Teen Blog's October's Best YA Reads

She Reads's 10 Diverse books by women to read, 2019

Indigo Most Anticipated Teen Title

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: No.

Selected Titles At Your Library

American panda /
ISBN: 1481499106. OCLC Number: 989964129

. .

A freshman at MIT, seventeen-year-old Mei Lu tries to live up to her Taiwanese parents' expectations, but no amount of tradition, obligation, or guilt prevent her from hiding several truths-- that she is a germaphobe who cannot become a doctor, she prefers dancing to biology, she decides to reconnect with her estranged older brother, and she is dating a Japanese boy. Can she find a way to be herself, before her web of lies unravels?

Our wayward fate /
ISBN: 1534427619. OCLC Number: 1108809802

. .

Seventeen-year-old Ali is simultaneously swept up in a whirlwind romance and down a rabbit hole of family secrets when another Taiwanese family moves into tiny, predominantly-white, Plainhart, Indiana.

Rent a boyfriend /
ISBN: 1534462457. OCLC Number: 1139768271

. .

Chloe Wang is nervous to introduce her parents to her boyfriend, because the truth is, she hasn't met him yet either. She hired him from Rent for Your 'Rents, a company specializing in providing fake boyfriends trained to impress even the most traditional Asian parents. Drew Chan's passion is art, but after his parents cut him off for dropping out of college to pursue his dreams, he became a Rent for Your 'Rents employee to keep a roof over his head. Luckily, learning protocols like "Type C parents prefer quiet, kind, zero-PDA gestures" comes naturally to him. When Chloe rents Drew, the mission is simple: convince her parents fake Drew is worthy of their approval so they'll stop pressuring her to accept a proposal from Hongbo, the wealthiest (and slimiest) young bachelor in their tight-knit Asian American community. But when Chloe starts to fall for the real Drew--who, unlike his fake persona, is definitely not 'rent-worthy--her carefully curated life begins to unravel. Can she figure out what she wants before she loses everything?--