The Boy You Always Wanted

by Michelle Quach

On Sale: 08/01/2023

The Boy You Always Wanted

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The Boy You Always Wanted

by Michelle Quach

On Sale: 08/01/2023


About the Book

From Not Here to Be Liked author Michelle Quach comes a smartly funny, heartfelt story told in dual POV about a young woman roping in her childhood crush to act as an honorary male heir to fulfill her grandfather’s dying wish. A story about first love, familial duties, and finding yourself—perfect for fans of Emiko Jean and Loan Le.

Francine loves her grandfather, but their time together is running out. He has one final wish: to see a male heir carry on the family traditions. Francine knows his ideas are outdated, but she would do anything for him. Her solution? Ask Ollie Tran, a family friend (and former crush, not that it matters), to pretend to be ceremonially adopted and act like the grandson her A Gung never had.

Ollie has always made a point of avoiding the odd, too blunt (and fine, sort of cute) Francine, whose intensity has always made him uncomfortable. So when she asks him to help deceive her dying A Gung, Ollie’s definitely not down. He doesn’t get why anyone would go to such lengths, even for family. Especially with a backwards (and sexist, Ollie keeps stressing) scheme like this.

Francine, however, is determined to make it work, and soon Ollie finds himself more invested in her plan—and in her—than he ever thought possible. But as the tangled lies and feelings pile up, Francine will have to discover what exactly she needs for herself—and from Ollie. Because sometimes the boy you always wanted isn’t what you expected.

Critical Praise

"Michelle Quach’s effortlessly flowing prose is steeped in love and kindness. Readers will rejoice as they witness Francine and Ollie movingly come to accept their families, each other, and most important, themselves. Totally in love with this novel.”  — Loan Le, author of A Pho Love Story

"Quach shines with this fresh and layered story that is both a coming-of-age journey and a first-love romance. Themes of familial obligations and filial piety are prevalent and are handled with humor, deftness and care. A page-turner from start to finish!" — Suzanne Park, author of Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous

"Insightful and emotionally resonant." — Kirkus Reviews

PRAISE FOR NOT HERE TO BE LIKED: "A fresh take on high school and activism."  — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A great feminist read.”   — San Francisco Book Review

Not Here to Be Liked is a truly excellent book.” — NPR Books


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063038424
  • ISBN 10: 0063038420
  • Imprint: Katherine Tegen Books
  • On Sale: 08/01/2023
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / Romantic Comedy
  • BISAC2 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / United States / Asian American
  • BISAC3 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Diversity & Multicultural
  • BISAC4 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
  • BISAC5 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Adoption

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