Published by Amulet Books on August 8, 2017
Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads:
Genie Lo is one among droves of Ivy-hopeful overachievers in her sleepy Bay Area suburb. You know, the type who wins. When she’s not crushing it at volleyball or hitting the books, Genie is typically working on how to crack the elusive Harvard entry code.
But when her hometown comes under siege from hellspawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are dramatically rearranged. Enter Quentin Sun, a mysterious new kid in class who becomes Genie’s self-appointed guide to battling demons. While Genie knows Quentin only as an attractive transfer student with an oddly formal command of the English language, in another reality he is Sun Wukong, the mythological Monkey King incarnate—right down to the furry tale and penchant for peaches.
Suddenly, acing the SATs is the least of Genie’s worries. The fates of her friends, family, and the entire Bay Area all depend on her summoning an inner power that Quentin assures her is strong enough to level the very gates of Heaven. But every second Genie spends tapping into the secret of her true nature is a second in which the lives of her loved ones hang in the balance.
This was such a fun read! I’d heard great things about it, so when I got notified that my hold was in at the library, I speed-walked over there on my lunch hour to pick it up.
I had so much fun reading this book. It was interesting, action-packed, and funny. This was the kind of book that had me smiling almost the entire time, and actually laughing out loud throughout. It was just so fun to read.
I really really really hope that there will be a sequel! I want to read more about Genie!