A Pho Love Story by Loan Le | Book Review

As soon as I saw this book cover and the title, it was an immediate request on NetGalley.

A Pho Love Story

by Loan Le

A Pho Love Story

Edition: Kindle Edition

Publication Date: February 9th 2021 by Simon Pulse

Original Title: A Pho Love Story


Goodreads blurb:

When Dimple Met Rishi meets Ugly Delicious in this funny, smart romantic comedy, in which two Vietnamese-American teens fall in love and must navigate their newfound relationship amid their families’ age-old feud about their competing, neighboring restaurants.

If Bao Nguyen had to describe himself, he’d say he was a rock. Steady and strong, but not particularly interesting. His grades are average, his social status unremarkable. He works at his parents’ pho restaurant, and even there, he is his parents’ fifth favorite employee. Not ideal. 

If Linh Mai had to describe herself, she’d say she was a firecracker. Stable when unlit, but full of potential for joy and spark and fire. She loves art and dreams pursuing a career in it. The only problem? Her parents rely on her in ways they’re not willing to admit, including working practically full-time at her family’s pho restaurant.

For years, the Mais and the Nguyens have been at odds, having owned competing, neighboring phở restaurants. Bao and Linh, who’ve avoided each other for most of their lives, both suspect that the feud stems from feelings much deeper than friendly competition.

But then a chance encounter brings Linh and Bao together despite their best efforts and sparks fly, leading them both to wonder what took so long for them to connect. But then, of course, they immediately remember.

Can Linh and Bao find love in the midst of feuding families and complicated histories?

Another new author for me! I was so excited to read this book that as soon as I saw that it was available on NetGalley, I immediately sent in a request to read and review this book. ‘A Pho Love Story’ is a modern day Romeo and Juliet retelling about Linh and Bao, two teenagers caught in the middle of a family feud for the best Pho restaurant in their area.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun, light read that had me craving for my own rivals to lovers story AND a bowl of authentic Vietnamese Pho— let me tell you I was so close to order Pho to really immerse myself into the story. The food descriptions just made me want to go to the nearest Vietnamese restaurant and order all their speciality dishes. I did kind of wish I had listened through the audiobook instead as the author incorporated a lot of their native language, so hearing the right pronunciation of the words would’ve been a much more enjoyable read in my opinion. Nevertheless, it was nice to see the native language being added in the book.

The romance was cute, nothing too special but sometimes a cliche romance is just what we need to read on a sunny picnic day at the park. One critic that I do have is that I feel like the entire book could have been halved and the story will have flown much better. There were moments where I got a little bored, and ended up skim reading a chapter or two. There were a couple scenes that added nothing to the overall development of the story, almost like filler scenes added for the sake of it. That being said, I did manage to finish this book so it was good for the most part.

3 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Children’s UK for this advanced reader’s copy of ‘A Pho Love Story’ by Loan Le

Have you read ‘A Pho Love Story’ By Loan Le? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below!

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