It’s no secret we love maps (#MapMondays). We also love exploring, and books give us the perfect excuse to do just that. Whether it’s traveling to places in our minds or moving across physical, geographic distances, we are always down for a trip!
The most epic trip in recent book memory took us to Taipei, Taiwan. Loveboat, Taipei, the rom-com debut by Abigail Hing Wen, weaves a thrilling and action-packed tale that takes our girl Ever Wong from America to Taipei for what she thinks is a boring, educational summer school program called Chien Tan. Her parents enrolled her without asking, of course, and Ever is devastated that her last summer of dance has been ripped away from her before she has to begin med school in the fall, despite hating the sight of blood.
But Chien Tan, nicknamed Loveboat by its students, is nothing like what she thought. Ever enters a world of snake-blood sake, partying and clubbing all night, and even falling in love. This summer, Ever is determined to break all the rules she’s lived by her whole life.
The city of Taipei offers the perfect glittering backdrop for Ever to explore, and as she takes journeys both physical and emotional, she learns more about herself than she ever thought possible.
Check out the amazing tour of Taiwan & guide to Taipei below for some must-sees in the city, and see for yourself! From serene temples to historical landmarks to delicious night markets, Taipei is begging to be explored. And get ready to drink all the bubble tea, obvi.
Tour of Taiwan
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City Guide to Taipei
We don’t know about you but we have major wanderlust after seeing this tour map of Taiwan and city guide of things to do in Taipei! If anyone wants to whisk us away for a vacation to Taipei, Taiwan, LET US KNOW. In the meantime, we’ll just be re-reading Abigail Hing Wen’s Loveboat, Taipei to get away by page…for now.
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About Loveboat, Taipei
“Our cousins have done this program,” Sophie whispers. “Best kept secret. Zero supervision.”
And just like that, Ever Wong’s summer takes an unexpected turn. Gone is Chien Tan, the strict educational program in Taiwan that Ever was expecting. In its place, she finds Loveboat: a summer-long free-for-all where hookups abound, adults turn a blind eye, snake-blood sake flows abundantly, and the nightlife runs nonstop.
But not every student is quite what they seem: Ever is working toward becoming a doctor but nurses a secret passion for dance. Rick Woo is the Yale-bound child prodigy bane of Ever’s existence whose perfection hides a secret. Boy-crazy, fashion-obsessed Sophie Ha turns out to have more to her than meets the eye. And under sexy Xavier Yeh’s shell is buried a shameful truth he’ll never admit.
When these students’ lives collide, it’s guaranteed to be a summer Ever will never forget.
Have you ever been to Taiwan? Have any recommendations on where else to visit in Taipei? Tell us in the comments!