Having read and loved The Love Wife by the same author, I picked up Mona in the Promised Land for another long plane ride and I wasn’t disappointed, although the depth and complexity of The Love Wife is simply not there. Mona in the Promised Landis the funny, lighthearted, and not always believable story of a Chinese American high school student struggling to integrate into her Jewish friends’ crowd. She actually converts to Judaism, to her mother’s dismay, but it’s only a small part of her adventures that include befriending her parents’ African-American cook, who’s a little suspicious; sleeping in a teepee with her boyfriend; and floating between the world of scholarship students and rich kids.
A fun read if you don’t want to think too much about exacting details — with a classic story of integration and generational differences between the FOB parents and their thoroughly American children. A good vacation book. The Love Wife is much more accomplished if you’re looking for something more serious.