Jasmine Tran has landed herself behind bars—maple bars that is. With no boyfriend or job prospects, Jasmine returns home to work at her parents’ donut shop. Jasmine quickly loses herself in a cyclical routine of donuts, Netflix, and sleep. She wants to break free from her daily grind, but when a hike in rent threatens the survival of their shop, her parents rely on her more than ever.
Help comes in the form of an old college crush, Alex Lai. Not only is he successful and easy on the eyes, to her parents’ delight, he’s also Chinese. He’s everything she should wish for, until a disastrous dinner reveals Alex isn’t as perfect as she thinks. Worse, he doesn’t think she’s perfect either.
With both sets of parents against their relationship, a family legacy about to shut down, and the reappearance of an old high school flame, Jasmine must scheme to find a solution that satisfies her family’s expectations and can get her out of the donut trap once and for all.
Really cute story of a family navigating moving on, and growing up in different facets.
I thought Alex and Jasmine’s relationship seemed a little disconnected. I liked how their relationship developed and that they were constantly only into each other. Respect is a big thing for me in a relationship and I like that these two had that for each other.
I also really enjoyed that family was involved and friends. Shout out to Linh because everyone needs a friend like her!
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. It’s a cute, quick read and an all around feel good story.