Fake Dates and Mooncakes by Sher Lee
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publishing Date: May 16th, 2023
Heartstopper meets Crazy Rich Asians in this heartfelt, joyful paperback original rom-com that follows an aspiring chef who discovers the recipe for love is more complicated than it seems when he starts fake-dating a handsome new customer.
Dylan Tang wants to win a Mid-Autumn Festival mooncake-making competition for teen chefs—in memory of his mom, and to bring much-needed publicity to his aunt’s struggling Chinese takeout in Brooklyn.
Enter Theo Somers: charming, wealthy, with a smile that makes Dylan’s stomach do backflips. AKA a distraction. Their worlds are sun-and-moon apart, but Theo keeps showing up. He even convinces Dylan to be his fake date at a family wedding in the Hamptons.
In Theo’s glittering world of pomp, privilege, and crazy rich drama, their romance is supposed to be just pretend . . . but Dylan finds himself falling for Theo. For real. Then Theo’s relatives reveal their true colors—but with the mooncake contest looming, Dylan can’t risk being sidetracked by rich-people problems.
Can Dylan save his family’s business and follow his heart—or will he fail to do both?
About the Author:
Sher Lee writes rom-coms and fantasy novels for teens. She lives in Singapore and has an abiding love for local street food (including an incredible weakness for xiao long bao).
FAKE DATES AND MOONCAKES, pitched as Heartstopper meets Crazy Rich Asians, is her debut YA rom-com coming Summer 2023 from Penguin Random House.
What do you get when you have Dylan from Brooklyn and Theo who is rich and in my opinion makes the cutest couple EVER set in New York and The Hamptons which really become actual characters thanks to Sher's amazing writing skills. The you add a competition and lots and lots of food which made me very hungry indeed.
This book is everything it made me laugh and cry sometimes at the same time. If you are hankering for Heartstopper vibes then this is the book you really need to read. Just checkout out the cover and tell me that you don't get them much needed vibes.
For all the above reasons Fake Dates and Mooncakes is getting 5 massive stars. Thank you to TBR Tours & Beyond and the Publishers for allowing me to read this wonderful book before publication.