50 Book Pledge Featured Read: The Wangs vs. the World

“China was his last chance, and Charles Wang was a man who used all of his chances”
Jade ChangThe Wangs vs. the World

Hey Savvy Readers,

If you love stories that are very character driven and emotional, you will LOVE The Wangs vs. the World. The entire Wang family is hilarious and uniquely motivated, which makes the reader’s journey through the book enjoyable and entertaining. I promise that following the Wang family on their emotional roller-coaster is the best thing you will have done in a long time.


The story begins by stating, “Charles Wang was mad at America.” Having lost everything, his cosmetics empire and all his money, Charles desperately clings to the one hope he has left—the land of his ancestors in China. So Charles drags his children out of school and, along with whatever possessions he can scrape together, heads to his oldest daughter’s house to get the family settled. Once they are, he has a solid plan: return to China and reclaim his land!

The issue is this: will China be the China that Charles remembers from his childhood? And if so, will he be able to reclaim the land, or will his hopes and dreams be crushed just as they were in America?


Jade Chang weaves a realistic and touching story that follows the Wang family through the miscalculations and the unexpected beautiful moments. It is amazing to watch this family struggle with the classic “rags to riches” story but in a tangible way. You can’t help but root for the family and hope that they find fortune in China!


It is refreshing to experience the reactions and thoughts of each character because they are very deep and developed. Charles, Barbra, Saina, Andrew, and Grace all have very distinct and solid personalities, and Chang does a great job of differentiating each voice. Some words can be used to describe the Wang family (like stubborn, spoiled, delusional, loving, loyal, determined) but words cannot fully capture their dynamic and varied personalities. My favourite character is Andrew because even though he is so flawed and clueless (especially when it comes to his standup), he really connects with people on a very real level.

Well, Savvy Readers, I’ll leave you with this thought:

“The people of the world could be divided into two groups: those who used all of their chances, and those who stood still through opportunity after opportunity, waiting for a moment that would never be perfect”
Jade Chang, The Wangs vs. the World


Take your moment and pick up this book Savvy Readers (I definitely think you should!) and tell us if you like it @SavvyReader.

Add this week’s Featured Read The Wangs vs. the World to your 50 Book Pledge shelf today!

Montana Barbosa

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