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  • Stand-In
  • Lily Chu
  • ISBN: 9781728242620
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
  • Pub Date: 05/2022
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  • Format: Paperback
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4.5 stars!

This is a rom-com that packs an emotional punch! There is so much to unpack. First of all kudos to Lily Chu for how she handled sensitive issues like workplace harassment, mental health, and healthy boundaries, and so many others. All of it was done with finesse and the seriousness they deserved.

Secondly, I absolutely loved Gracie. We come from similar cultures in regards to cultures and expectations and I could relate to her struggles on a cellular level. It was so easy to fall for her, as much as it was for her to fall for Sam, the World's Sexiest Man. Their love story was so sweet and their interactions eventful. Their start was definitely rough, but I loved how Gracie didn't allow Sam to treat her badly. And the way he looked out for her and clued into her emotional state by her body language just made me melt. I only wish the consummation of their attraction to one another had been on the page, but that's my personal preference.

Lastly, there are so many important themes discussed in the book, family, friendship, and our relationships to work, our time, belonging, etc. While The Stand-In feels complete, I would love more of Sam and Gracie, and especially more of Wel Fangli, whether there's a novella or a full novel, or both. I'm not ready to leave the world Lily Chu has created. I really do hope Lily writes more romances, because The Stand-In is an exceptional story and we need more of them.

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