Soy Sauce for Beginners by Kristin Chen
Genre: Fiction, Romance Novel
Spoiler alert: Minimum, Nothing you couldn’t find in the synopsis
Read start: 1/4/18
Read Finish: 1/8/18
This story started out like a train wreck. Let me explain. It wasn’t that it was a bad story but we start in media res, in the middle of the action. We see the aftermath of the wreck, missing everything that led up to it, and how the survivors are coping afterward. The main character was just spiraling out of control. Of course she had a good reason but every decison was a poor one. Main character Gretchen Lin hated her life in Singapore and hated having to go back there from San Francisco. Even though everything in SF was far from good. She refused to claim responsibility for any of her issues and insted chose to act like a spoiled child. I found it hard to like and dislike her at the same time. She had familial issues she refused to acknowledge and personal issues she thought would just go away. The turmoil started when her husband cheated on her and moved out. Since then she was going crazy ride trying to get him back, prove she could move on, win him back, and then finally be okay. It was beautifully written. It felt so real, like it was a friend recouting her life falling apart. You could definitely identify with Gretchen’s struggles to hold on to normalcy.