• The Donut Trap

  • A Novel
  • By: Julie Tieu
  • Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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The Donut Trap

By: Julie Tieu
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
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Publisher's Summary

Julie Tieu sparkles in this debut romantic comedy, which is charmingly reminiscent of the TV show Kim’s Convenience and Frankly in Love by David Yoon, about a young woman who feels caught in the life her parents have made for her until she falls in love and finds a way out of the donut trap.

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.

©2021 Julie Tieu (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

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Beautiful story

Love that the family angle and romance was equally covered throughout! Reminded me of my childhood growing up 😊

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Cute Romance With a Focus on Immigrant Experiences

Contemporary romance, immigrant experiences, family dynamics, and first-generation American pressures all in one sweet book. I appreciated the contrast between the immigrant characters’ experiences and the first-generation characters’ experiences in this book. The author did a good job painting Jasmine’s relationship with her parents, navigating linguistic and cultural divides, and dealing with family pressures that are relatable to most: “I struggled to find the right words to explain how I was feeling without coming across as ungrateful.” I wish certain themes were explored a little more deeply, but there was a lot to like about this book and it was an entertaining audiobook experience.

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  • Chantelle Rodrigues
  • 08-20-22

Okay

Nice at times but can be hard to get through, not much of a plot