Sushi for One? (Camy Tang)

Rating: [rate 5.0]

Sushi for One? By Camy Tang

Lex Sakai’s family is big, nosy and marriage-minded. When her cousin Mariko gets married, Lex will become the oldest single female cousin in the clan.

Lex has used her Bible study class on Ephesians to compile a list of traits for the perfect man. but the one man she keeps running into doesn’t seem to have a single quality on her list. It’s only when the always-in-control Lex starts to let God take over that all the pieces of this hilarious romance finally fall into place.

After being a visitor and reader of Camy’s blog since last year, I finally got a copy of her first book. I stumbled into Camy’s blog while searching for books to buy from Amazon from my dad, and I’ve been following her blog ever since. I waited for her book to come out here but it seems like it hasn’t yet (so sad), but I’m glad I finally got a copy of this now. :D

I read in one of the reviews from Amazon that the blurb at the back of the book (written above) does not do the book justice…and she’s right: it totally did not. There was so much happening in the story that I felt like I was watching a TV series. I couldn’t let the book go because of all the enjoyable characters and scenes — Lex’s very annoying grandmother, her silly brother who keeps on setting her up with every guy he meets, Aiden, the silent observer and her physical therapist, Mimi, the flirtier cousin and her three closest cousins and friends, Trish, Venus and Jenn. Even if there was a lot happening, everything went well together and was somehow significant as the story goes on.

Lex reminded me of myself, and consequently, my other character in my 2006 NaNoWriMo novel, Rain. She was such a control freak, and I knew that if I was thrown into her position (thank God for not having a grandmother like hers!), I would probably be doing the same thing. I felt sorry for her when she lost everything, and sympathized even more when the people she trusted to be there left her alone. As the praise on the back of the book said, I definitely started rooting for Lex until the very end, which was indeed very satisfying.

The faith issue in the novel is melded quite well. I loved the scene where Lex finally surrendered — it gave me tears when I re-read the part and realized what was really happening. And I’m definitely curious about how the Christ painting looked like. I bet I’d be crying like a baby once I saw it.

The ending left me a bit rushed because of how everything seemed to happen one after the other, but it was a nice ending. I especially liked these lines:

No joyous peace, no incredible assurance that all would be well. Just calm hope, and a little numbness.  Maybe it would work out okay, maybe it wouldn’t. She’d wait and see.

That is so much closer to what really happens in real life, don’t you think?

This is such a fun book! Camy really did a great job in her first novel, and it certainly inspired me to continue writing my own Filipino Christian chicklit! :) And I would definitely ask my dad to order the next books in the Sushi series (Only Uni and Single Sashimi) once it comes out…that is unless, I win her contest ((She’s giving away TONS OF BOOKS! If you do decide to join, kindly put writer_dawn in your referral after you join her yahoogroup :D )). ;)

This book is certainly one of my favorites, and if you have the chance, get a copy! You won’t regret it. :D

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